Testing for learning disabilities

Esteemed educational psychologist Jane M. Healy, PhD touches on the importance of testing for learning disabilities if you notice your child is having academic problems. As well, she shares helpful advice on how to select the proper professional help.
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If your child is having academic problems, it is important to think about having some testing done. First of all, of course, you want to talk to the school, you want to talk to the teacher; and try to get an idea of what actually is going on there. But if it persists and it's going on and it's making your child miserable, then I would strongly suggest that you ask the school for an evaluation. If that doesn't work out, you may even have to get a private evaluation. You want to be careful to select someone who is experienced, who knows how to do good evaluations; possibly in a hospital, clinic, or somewhere recommended by your school. This is important because children can be helped. The brain is very plastic. It can be changed by teaching, and we need to know exactly what's happening; so we can tailor or programs and tailor our lifestyle, at home, to help this particular child's difficulties.

Esteemed educational psychologist Jane M. Healy, PhD touches on the importance of testing for learning disabilities if you notice your child is having academic problems. As well, she shares helpful advice on how to select the proper professional help.

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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