Receiving the news that your child is underperforming at school is naturally a cause of concern for parents.
There are a number of reasons why this may be occurring, such as being too easily distracted by friends, a lack of interest, poor study habits etc. One key problem worth ruling out is the presence of a learning difficulty.
A learning difficulty may be present due to:
- Low intellectual ability, rendering the material presented in class too difficult for the child, or
- Average, or even high intellectual ability, however with specific problems with reading/arithmetic/comprehension.
Assessment of a learning difficulty involves administration of an IQ test, paired with tests of Achievement (reading/arithmetic etc). The IQ test is used to predict how well the child should go on the achievement tests. If their performance on the achievement test is much lower than expected, this can indicate the presence of a specific learning difficulty.
At Walters Green Clinical Psychology Practice, we offer assessment services to determine the presence of learning difficulties. Call us on 38708191 to book an appointment