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Early Identification

Identifying learning disabilities early can pave the way for children to get the support they need to experience successful futures both in and out of school. Knowing the early warning signs that put young children at risk for learning disabilities and understanding normal developmental milestones helps with early diagnosis and intervention. Read more about the early identification process for LD.

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A Parent's Guide to Accessing Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

A Way to Help Students Before They Fail

More schools are using a process called Response to Intervention (RTI) to see if a child might have a learning disability. Response to Intervention provides specially designed instruction for children who have scored low on general tests. The students are tested — sometimes as often as every week — to measure progress. Those who improve after the instructional intervention go back to their normal classroom activities. Those who do not improve receive additional testing to confirm the presence of a disability.


Advocating for Your Preschool Child

It's never too early to start looking for ways to help your child succeed in learning. This article covers children who are under 2 and who are in preschool. They have rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Find out the first steps to take if you suspect your child has difficulty learning.

Assessments for Young Children

Characteristics of Young Learning Disabled Students

Critical Issues in Teaching Young Children with Learning Disabilities

Differences That Might Affect Development

Sometimes a child's differences can be something you can easily see, but for other children, those differences may be hidden.

Early Identification - Adaptive Milestones

Early Identification - Cognitive Milestones

Early Identification - Motor Skills Milestones

Early Identification - Observation of an Individual Child

Observing and keeping records of children's behavior is one way of gaining insight into what they do, why they do it, and how they change over a period of time. By knowing more about a child, you can better provide experiences that will meet the needs of that particular child and that will help you to expand on the child's interests. The following information is designed to help you develop some of your skills for observing and learning more about children.

Early Identification - Social Skills Milestones

Early Identification of Speech-Language Delays and Disorders

If your child hasn't started speaking by age one and or you are concerned about their speech and language skills, there may be a concern. Early identification is key. They need to receive treatment before school begins so they won't miss out on essential pre-reading skills. Learn what the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has to say about early identification, evaluation, and speech-language treatments.

Early Identification: Normal and Atypical Development

Early Screening Is at the Heart of Prevention

Early intervention works. Because it is also expensive, it's important to be able to identify the kids who are most at risk of reading failure. Thanks to a new generation of screening assessments, we can identify these students as early as kindergarten — and then invest in interventions for them.

Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

Parents are often the first to suspect their child has a reading problem. An expert alerts parents to some of the earliest indicators of a reading difficulty.

Early Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities

The most common learning disability is difficulty with language and reading. Here are some warning signs of learning disabilities to look for in preschool and elementary school children.

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