Parents, if you suspect your child is not progressing at a normal rate, do not hesitate to consult a professional – a teacher, pediatrician, psychologist or a speech & language therapist. If a professional dismisses your concerns, seek a second opinion. If the second opinion is also dismissive, set up another consultation within two to three months. This appointment should preferably be with one of the previously seen specialists. Meanwhile, keep notes on your child’s school performance and overall behaviour as this could aid the professional in his/her diagnosis.
Due to heavy demands for testing, it could take many months or even more than a year before a student is evaluated. Consequently, it is not advisable to wait for an official diagnosis before starting remediation. In fact, remediation in the hands of an effective tutor should be started as soon as its need is evident — even at the pre-school level if necessary. Information on determining a tutor’s effectiveness is upcoming.
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The next posting will address the importance of obtaining an official diagnosis.