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When to seek academic testing for your child


Embarking on the journey of parenthood brings with it an array of responsibilities, and ensuring your child's academic success is a crucial priority for many parents. As children navigate the educational world, it's not uncommon to encounter challenges that may impact their learning experience.


Recognizing when to seek academic testing for your child is crucial in addressing potential hurdles and supporting their growth.



Parents may consider seeking academic testing for their child if they notice any of the following:


Academic Issues:


Learning Difficulties:

If a child is consistently struggling with specific subjects, it could be an indication of learning difficulties. The child may have trouble grasping and applying basic academic concepts.

Examples:

  • Difficulty decoding words, comprehending grade-level texts, or producing written work that reflects understanding.

  • Struggling with arithmetic operations, understanding mathematical reasoning, or applying math in real-world scenarios.


Inconsistency in Academic Performance: 

There is a significant variation in grades or academic achievement across different subjects. A child may excel in one subject while consistently underperforming in another without clear reasons, which could warrant an assessment. Their academic performance does not seem to match their ability.


Behavioral Changes:


Sudden changes/shifts in a child's behavior, such as increased frustration, irritability, avoidance of schoolwork, or a lack of interest in learning, can also be a reason to seek testing. Concentration issues may also indicate academic struggle, especially continuous trouble with attention, focusing on tasks, or completing assignments.


Examples: 

  • A once-engaged student becoming disinterested or expressing negative emotions about school. 

  • Inability to complete assignments due to challenges in maintaining concentration.

  • Homework lingers longer than expected.

Social and Emotional Issues:

It is important also to remember that academic difficulties can sometimes be linked to social or emotional challenges. School may be stressful and overwhelming for children, which may cause excessive social or emotional difficulties. Some signs may include social withdrawal, anxiety, or emotional distress related to academic or personal experiences.


Examples:

  • Avoidance of social interactions at school

  • Expressing fear or anxiety about academic tasks

  • Displaying emotional reactions to academic challenges



It's important to note that seeking guidance from educational professionals, such as teachers, school counselors, or psychologists, can help determine if academic testing is necessary. Additionally, consulting with a healthcare professional or educational specialist can provide valuable insights.


Contact our team today for any questions about academic testing and consultations.








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