My Child Is Struggling in School. How Can I Help?enparents out what the experts have to say.bad student, failing, failure, school, grades, academics, study, studying, hates school, pay attention, learning disability, learning problem, ADHD, dyslexia, vision, glasses, child struggling in school, teacher, student, homework, tests, score, IEPs, 504 plans, 504s, disability, disabilities, individualized education program, plan, testing, educational evaluation, test, exam12/04/201307/31/201807/31/2018Mary L. Gavin, MD07/31/2018e51cb46b-c2c0-432a-b435-80a1057f0a8c<p><em>My first-grader is not doing well in school. His teacher says he's a good kid, not disruptive, but not a standout student, either. I worry that he may be falling behind. How can I help him succeed?</em><br /> <em>&ndash; Kate</em></p> <p>It's great that you're addressing this problem now, while your child is just beginning his schooling. Kids who struggle in school year after year have a harder time getting back on track once their learning problems are addressed.</p> <p>You need to get to the root of the problem to learn how to help your son. Ask yourself: <em>Does he struggle to see the blackboard?</em> He could need <a href="">glasses</a>. <em>Is he anxious about going to school?</em> Maybe there's an emotional issue. <em>It is hard for him to sit still and focus?</em> He could have a problem paying attention.</p> <p>Talk to your son and his teacher to see what may be getting in the way of learning. Then, schedule an appointment with:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>His pediatrician.</strong> The doctor can evaluate your son to see if there's a physical problem (for instance, with his <a href="">vision</a> or <a href="">hearing</a>) or whether he might have a developmental or behavioral problem, such as <a href="">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)</a>.</li> <li><strong>His principal.</strong> Tell your child's principal about your concerns and request a referral for an educational evaluation. An educational evaluation can assess your son's strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint any learning disabilities.</li> </ul> <p>When you know why your son is struggling, take steps to help support him. Some kids with learning differences meet with a tutor for a few hours a week to reinforce material and learn study skills. Others may benefit from seeing a psychologist for behavioral concerns, or take medicines if attention problems make it hard to focus and learn.</p> <p>If needed, your school's special education committee will develop a <a href="">504 education plan</a> or <a href="">individualized education program (IEP)</a>. These identify a student's needs and outline goals and services to help the student learn. These plans may include extra help or resource room support, or recommend the use of special equipment, such as books on tape or laptop computers for students who have <a href="">dyslexia</a>.</p> <p>With the right support, your child can adjust to any differences he may have and succeed in school.</p>Mi hijo tiene dificultades en la escuela. ¿Cómo lo puedo ayudar?Es positivo que esté pensando en resolver este problema ahora, mientras su hijo recién está comenzando la escuela.
504 Education PlansIf your child has special needs in the classroom, he or she may be eligible for a government-supported learning plan.
ADHDADHD is a common medical condition that can affect kids at school, at home, and in friendships. This article is for parents who want to learn more about ADHD and how to help kids get the best diagnosis and care.
DyslexiaDyslexia is a problem that makes it difficult for a kid to read. With some help and a lot of hard work, a kid who has dyslexia can learn to read and spell.
Getting Involved at Your Child's SchoolWhether their kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school.
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Homework HelpWriting a report? Studying for a test? Having problems at school? Get tips and advice.
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Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)Some kids may be eligible for individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge. Understanding how to access these services can help you be an effective advocate for your child.
Organizing Schoolwork & AssignmentsIt's not just for school: Mastering the skills of getting organized, staying focused, and seeing work through to the end will help in just about everything you do.
Studying for TestsYou have a history test tomorrow, a math test the next day, and weekly French pop quizzes. Don't panic - our article provides tips on how to study.
Test AnxietySome people get nervous and worried when they take tests, even if they studied. If that's you, read this article to find out how to stay cool at school when it's time to take a test.
Understanding DyslexiaDyslexia is a learning disability that makes it hard to learn to read and understand written language. Even kids with average or above-average intelligence can have dyslexia.
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