Your Child’s Annual Check Up: Include Learning this Year!
As parents, we are all familiar with the yearly well-visit to the pediatrician’s office. The hearing and vision screenings, in particular, are important measures that can explain why your child might be struggling in school. Identifying and addressing an issue early can stop problems before they start.
For many students, a Learning Check Up is equally essential. Identifying and addressing an underlying weakness in reading or comprehension, preventively, can make all the difference for your child’s successful school year.
It’s common for families to think of report cards and state test scores as the learning check-up. Unfortunately, these assessments are essentially the opposite—they only reflect your child’s performance, not their learning ability. Test scores don’t tell you why your child is struggling.
Grades, while important, don’t help change learning for a child. Even when parents make positive changes, like providing their child with a tutor to assist with learning, it is often not enough. If the underlying abilities are not addressed, the gap between performance and expectations may continue to grow as the school years march on.
Perhaps you have done learning testing with a professional diagnostician or learning center in the past. Performance is measured by age, so it is important to regularly check your child’s abilities. The skills needed for reading and comprehension may have improved, or become more pronounced.
We hope you add a learning check-up to your child’s annual routine. Identifying strengths and weaknesses is the first step toward helping your child have a successful school year.
If school is already hard for your child, you need to know why and how to help.
The Lindamood-Bell Comprehensive Learning Evaluation includes:
- Assessment of reading and comprehension
- Identification of strengths and weaknesses
- Consultation to review results with a learning expert
- An individualized learning plan
- Annual learning check-ups
Contact your local Learning Center to learn more.