7. Why does my child need to be re-evaluated if we already know he’s learning disabled?

Periodic re-evaluation is important to determine the degree and extent of developmental growth, academic achievement, overall changes in the child’s learning profile, and continued eligibility for instructional accommodations and/or special services. The current rule of thumb is to re-evaluate once within every three year period. Although a full comprehensive evaluation is no longer required in most cases, it is often desirable in specific situations.

8. Why do I need to submit previous evaluations?

Yes. We request that you submit all previous evaluations as well as any recent teacher comments, annual achievement test scores, and work samples to provide as complete a picture as possible of the child’s learning history.

9. What is ADHD and how does it relate to dyslexia?

ADHD  stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is a chronic, developmental condition believed to be neurobiological in origin, meaning that there is an imbalance or deficiency in specific chemicals responsible for the brain’s control of behavior.  As a result, the individual demonstrates inappropriate impulsivity, inattention, and in some cases physical hyperactivity. These behaviors generally appear before age seven, are evident for at least six months in varied settings, and tend to be long-lasting, if not life-long.

ADHD and dyslexia frequently occur as dual characteristics of the same child but they are not “linked” to one another.  While the existence of ADHD can compromise the child’s efforts to learn to read, it is not the cause of a reading disorder or dyslexia.  Therefore, easing the effects of ADHD will make the child better prepared to learn in general, but it will not “cure” dyslexia.