What Are The Signs That A Child May Have A Disability?

If your child is struggling in school, it is vital that you know if an underlying condition is part of the problem. Many concerned parents who live with a child every day may not always notice the signs of some form of disability. When a student begins having problems in school, a disabling condition may often be the source. It is crucial for parents to understand that some children need a special education program to help them succeed in school. Moreover, the law recognizes a wide variety of conditions that can have a significant adverse impact on academic success that fall outside the concept of a learning disability.

Disabilities Include More Than Just Learning Disabilities

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act lists learning disabilities among a wider group of categories of impairments that can adversely affect a child's academic performance. Visual impairments, blindness, deafness, emotional and behavioral disorders may all lead to the need for special education services. Orthopedic or other health-related impairments are often overlooked by parents as sources of educational problems. This nonexhaustive list is a starting point to explain that a child may need special services, even in the absence of a recognized learning disability.

Each child may exhibit unique signs of an underlying impairment. Common signs of a disability include, but are not limited to:

  • Delays in speech or reading skills
  • A dislike for reading
  • Short attention span
  • A child having trouble concentrating
  • Frustration in completing tasks
  • Forgetfulness
  • Behavioral outbursts or fighting
  • Frequent signs of anxiety
  • Frequent headaches or stomachaches

While many parents recognize these signs as common events during a child's life, when combined with poor academic performance or frequent trips to the principal's office, the signs may be symptomatic of a qualifying disability under the IDEA.

Zealous Advocates In San Diego For Children With Disabilities

We urge parents who believe that their child may have a qualifying disability to learn more about their rights. At the Law Office of Meagan Nuñez, our lawyers are devoted to helping families in the San Diego area obtain the educational opportunities for children with disabilities that are available under California and federal law.

To schedule a free consultation with an experienced education attorney, contact us online or call 619-757-1290. We can walk you through the disability and special education process and help you to understand your rights. We offer flexible scheduling with weekend and evening appointments available.