ms_vonnie asks:

Should my 11 year daughter be tested for learning difficulties

Academically my 11 yr daughter is doing well. But I do have some other concerns in other areas, which are:-

1. Poor organisation skills at home
2. poor writing skills (compared to maths skills)
3. Not good at following instructions
4. Sometimes lacks mature vocal expression skills; prefers to just answer "don't know" to questions
5. Has a sensitivity to noise of someone brushing their teeth
6. Is very fidgety, must do something with her hands
7. Sometimes not holding eye contact

Are these normal development issues or do I have something to worry about. Any help or suggestions would be useful
In Topics: Learning disabilities
> 60 days ago



Apr 9, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk,
I always suggest to parents that the reason for further investigation / evaluations in to a child's learning patterns is to gain information about strengths and weaknesses.  Does she have difficulty with visual memory? Does she have visual-spatial delays?

Much information can be gleaned from psycho-educational testing. Therefore, this may be something you wish to pursue.

Best wishes.

Louise Sattler, School Psychologist
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