What Can I do if I Think My Child has a Learning Disability?

Based in Lansing, Michigan, Vanguard Public Affairs has both advised and managed advocacy campaigns, and provided senior counsel to foundations, philanthropic organizations, private equity companies, media, law firms, corporations, and regulatory agencies. With decades of experience providing communications counsel to leaders in the public, philanthropic, and private sectors, Vanguard Public Affairs specializes in issue management, public advocacy, and image consultation. Our expertise in multiple arenas — from financial communications to education, health care, environment, aerospace and defense, and others, helps to ensure our clients receive premier service. Vanguard is a leader in working with disability issues and early childhood education.

Their Senior Vice President, Katherine Erickson, provides this blog

Anyone who is a parent knows the perfect joy of looking into your newborn’s eyes. Becoming a parent brings incredible happiness, but the experience can also bring fear. We want our children to be happy and healthy and to learn and grow in a perfect way. How do we know if something is “wrong” or if they need help with their development?

There is no shortage of information out there. There are plenty of well-meaning family members and friends to offer advice, and hundreds of books on child development. When red flags start to appear and you have real concerns regarding your child’s development there is real help available.

One of the best ways to find out if your child has a learning delay is to contact the Michigan Early On program which facilitates the Child Find* program. Child Find is the component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires all states to locate, identify, and evaluate as early as possible all infants, toddlers, children, and youth residing in the state who may be eligible for early intervention and/or special education services.

The following are some warning signs that your child might have a learning disability:

  • She may understand a story perfectly when it is read to her but struggle to answer questions about it afterward.
  • He might easily recite the alphabet from A to Z but be unable to name individual letters when they’re pointed out.
  • He may have a hard time putting together puzzles, tying his shoes, or buttoning a sweater.

Children with learning disabilities usually have normal or above normal intelligence, but they have trouble expressing their knowledge. Because it is so difficult for children with learning disabilities to master certain tasks, they often experience frustration, anger, low self-esteem, and even depression.

If you have any concerns about your child having a learning disability take advantage of this free service. You will be glad you did.

What is Child Find?


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act includes the Child Find mandate. Child Find requires all school districts to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This obligation to identify all children who may need special education services exists even if the school is not providing special education services to the child.

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