When your child’s response to intervention in school is not progressing, then something more serious is going on.
It may begin in the first two years of life. Your child may experience chronic ear infections that are not immediately noticeable. Colic may be a sign of the child’s inconsolable suffering. There may be signs of hearing loss, inattention, unresponsiveness to speech. Language delay would be noticeable perhaps as early as 18 months if the child has not progressed to one-word speech. During the preschool years you may notice difficulty reciting the alphabet. By kindergarten, the child appears hyperactive or inattentive and disinterested in letters and numbers. By 5 and 6 the child is having difficulty learning to read and calculate. These are signs of learning disability and the need for a complete psychological evaluation and intervention.