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This is an overwhelmingly difficult time with endless information resources, and the decision for how to support your child’s learning disabilities (LD) can be daunting. If we could distill the essentials we have learned as educators and parents, here’s what we’d like to share with you: 

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Signs of learning disabilities

Common signs that your child may have learning differences*:

  • Challenges reading and/or writing
  • Challenges with math
  • Challenges paying attention
  • Challenges following directions
  • Challenges telling time
  • Challenges staying organized
  • Poor memory
  • Clumsiness

*These signs alone are not enough to determine a learning disability. Only a professional can diagnose these.

Your child may also experience:

  • Acting without thinking about possible outcomes (impulsiveness)
  • “Acting out” in school or social situations
  • Difficulty staying focused; being easily distracted
  • Difficulty saying a word correctly out loud or expressing thoughts
  • Problems with school performance from week to week or day to day
  • Speaking like a younger child; using short, simple phrases; or leaving out words in sentences
  • Having a hard time listening
  • Problems dealing with changes in schedule or situations
  • Problems understanding words or concepts

Why LD schooling is so crucial

Students with language-based learning differences struggle in traditional classroom settings that have a “one-size-fits-all” curriculum. Brilliant, neurodiverse children have their own learning DNA that requires a tailored approach to reading, writing, and math. Being wired differently requires innovation and creativity and each lesson can be different for each child.

Before realizing that your child learns differently, you’re fighting to keep your child’s “head above water” with additional tutoring and therapy. Often, there is no time for extracurricular activities like sports and clubs. The stress of not fitting in has a direct impact on your child’s self-esteem and confidence, and raises anxiety.

Your brilliant, out-of-the-box thinker needs a tailored program that challenges, nurtures, and supports not only their academic growth but their social, emotional, and personal growth. Your child needs a school   where the faculty and staff are trained to recognize and support every child’s learning profile.

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A supportive curriculum helps:

  • Develop a positive self-image
  • Discover meaningful avenues of expression
  • Build character and social skills
  • Set realistic goals
  • Develop resiliency and self-advocacy skills
  • Build a foundation for learning and lifetime achievement

How Park Century supports these goals:

  • Smaller classes
  • Lower student-to-staff ratio
  • Teachers extensively trained and educated to work with students who learn and think differently
  • Staff specialists include speech-language pathologists and psychologists
  • Tailored and strategic programming for every child

Parents can help their children achieve success by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, understanding the educational system, working with professionals, and learning strategies for dealing with specific difficulties.

Early intervention improves a child’s confidence and helps them develop strategies that will enable them to be successful in school.

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The research on learning disabilites (LD)

Enacted in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) protects students with learning differences. IDEA is also the source of much research, including its recent study* of 7.3 million eligible students during the 2021–22 school year. Of those 7.3 million students:


have a disability that hinders understanding or using spoken or written language


have speech or language impairment


have autism spectrum disorder

Source: National Center for Education Statistics. (2023). Students With Disabilities. Condition of Education. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved [date], from

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Online resources and book recommendations

We hope to educate and spread awareness about these commonly misunderstood diagnoses and provide helpful articles for parenting in the digital age.

Parent/Guardian Book Recommendations:

Common Sense Articles:​

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