“Sometimes, people may not be as knowledgeable as you think they are in terms of your child’s special needs and so forth, and you may need to go outside and get greater expertise in particular areas,” he said.
In addition, the book lists sample questions to ask in order to influence the focus and nature of the evaluations conducted.
“It’s important to know where your child stands and to ask questions,” Brannigan said. “It demonstrates your knowledge. For example, knowing what your child’s independent reading level is as opposed to his instructional level and frustration level.
“If you can ask good questions and hopefully recognize what are good answers, then you are better able to get the kind of services that you need for your child.”
With the school year just getting underway, he noted, now is an especially good time for parents to address any potential learning disabilities, so their child can begin getting the proper services and support.
“I think early in the year is the best time,” Brannigan said.
Both “Reading and Learning Disabilities: Five Ways to Help Your Child” and “Reading Disabilities: Beating the Odds” have received five-star ratings on Amazon.com, where people can view reviews of both, as well as purchase them.
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