Zack's learning disabilities are tied to his aspergers and spd, so we discovered them when he did all the other testing. He has an auditory processing delay, so you have to repeat directions, one step at a time, and several times. He also struggles with reading, but that's quickly improving. He's only 6 so we may find he has more issues as he gets older, or he may learn to overcome these ones. I'm shooting for the later.
Maggie also has an autditory processing delay. we repeat alot at our house lol. but, she learns quickly. Her comprehension test put her on the higher end of her age range. That in itself causes problems. Comprehension wise she ranks at 5 years old. Emotionally and developmentally she's much younger. And her motor skills are more around a 2-3 year old level. So, she's a bit complicated.
Jeremiah is not quite 3 so we haven't really seen any learning disability type problems with him yet. he does have some fine motor issues, sensory issues, and trouble grasping concepts like cause and effect. he doesn't understand if he kicks the blocks they'll fall down. Sticker charts or other forms of rewards or punishment don't do anything for him. educationally he's smart as a whip. He knows about half of his letters, both uppercase and lowercase, recognizes shapes, numbers, etc.
Yes, my son was tested at 3 because no one could understand a word he said. His first test was actually for hearing, but he hearing was fine. I have consented for whatever test they wanted to do. I was right there with him so anything I didn't feel was necessary, I put a stop to.
i had my middle son tested at 4 years old, but i could see 'issues' with him at 1 1/2. mostly behaviorial, but that - i knew- was leading to learning delays/disabilities.
with my last child, i didnt want to see the signs, and they WERE different signs.. but i had her tested in 3rd grade
also check out the http://www.llesd.k12.ca.us/SpecEd_ParentInformationHandbook.pdf parents handbook and rights to equal education under the IEP and IDEA if the link wont work (( i cant recall if cafemom allows links )) just copy and paste it into search bar.. it is a PDF filej and although its a certain school district most things are the same across the board:
My ds is dyslexic. I was finally able to get him tested between 5th & 6th grade. In 1st grade his teacher praised him to me about how well he could read. I told her he couldn't read she wouldn't listen. Typical of dyslexic he could memorize everything and able to recite it back to the teacher using the pictures in the book to "read" that page to her. 3rd grade teacher told me he can't read duuuhhh. Trying to get the school to do their thing so that I could get him tested then getting the appt to get him tested it was the worst 2.5 years. After getting dx's he got the help he needed in Jr HS and did great & graduated with a B average, now has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
I went through school with the classification of being learning disabled. It was free to my parents throughout my schooling. I got recognized early with my learning difficulties. I received the help early before I really fell behind in school. In high school, I was mainstreamed for all but one of my classes, and I could not handle full time mainstreaming or inclusion on the workload with the more difficult courses. I attended and graduated college. You might want to read these websites for more information: http://www.wrightslaw.com/ and http://www.ldonline.org/.