What Are The Signs That A Child May Have A 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
- Behavioral outbursts or fighting
- Frequent signs of anxiety
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches
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.