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How do you know if your child has a disability?

There are many things we can say about our children, of course. They are sensitive, loving, playful and inquisitive.

And they are also flatly complex in many ways, which can make it hard sometimes for adults -- even parents -- to accurately gauge their feelings and emotions and note what they are going through.

That can create obvious problems when what a child is facing is a disability of some sort. A youngster might act out, be sad much of the time, profess an intense dislike of school, forget things, show acute anxiety or display myriad other behaviors that perplex a parent and prove impervious to a quick diagnosis.

If a child is struggling in school, with that struggle having manifested itself over time, it just might be the case that he or she is being unduly burdened by an undiagnosed disability that needs to be urgently addressed.

California parents should know that, under applicable state and federal laws, many disabilities that are not deemed learning related in a narrow sense can still qualify a person so afflicted for services made available through the state's special education program.

In other words, and though a child might not have a learning disability per se, he or she might be struggling with another delimiting condition that makes learning comparatively difficult.

That could be a sight-related problem, for example, or deafness. Learning challenges are exacerbated for children with behavioral conditions, body/health impairments or a host of other factors.

A proven special education attorney can supply additional information and help a family take purposeful steps to diagnose a disability and take fullest advantage of the meaningful education to which every child in California is entitled.

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