How do I know if my child has ADD/ADHD?

ADD/ADHD is a medical diagnosis and can only be made by a doctor. It is also necessary for a child to be evaluated in order to determine whether a child has language difficulty, emotional or behavioral issues, or a learning disability. These problems can cause attentional weaknesses which look like ADD, but need different programs for treatment.

What should I do if every night is a battleground with my child refusing to do homework?

First, talk to your child’s teacher. Find out whether your child is able to do the homework. Have there been behavior or attention problems either at school or at home? If evenings at home are causing major problems within your family, YOU NEED HELP to determine why and set up a plan.

How do I know if my child has dyslexia or a specific reading problem?

Testing is needed to detect problems in phonics (letters, sounds, and sounding out words), memory, auditory skills (hearing the difference between sounds), and language (following and understanding directions). If your child is able to read words, but cannot understand them, there may be specific language problems which also need to be tested.

How do find the right person to help my child?

Parents need to talk to several specialists. These professionals need to explain to the parents the kinds of tests that they do, how they can help the child, and how they will keep you informed as to the goals of the sessions. Parents NEED to be involved in the process — knowing the short and long term goals, and making sure the child shows continual improvement throughout the sessions. Expect improvement in your child’s skills week by week. Learning strategies and skills is like learning to play a musical instrument, it requires DAILY PRACTICE.

How do I know if my child has a speech or language problem?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, a speech and language evaluation is suggested:

  • Do you have difficulty understanding what your child is saying (if your child is over 3 years of age)?
  • Are other children making fun of your child’s speech?
  • Is your child concerned about his/her speech?
  • Are teachers having trouble understanding your child?
  • Does your child have a hard time understanding other people?
  • Does your child have trouble following directions?
  • When should parents be concerned about their child’s performance in school?

Warning signs include difficulty doing homework, behavioral problems at school, refusal to go to school, frequent unexplained headaches or stomachaches, sleeping problems, problems taking tests, or children frequently stating that they “hate school.” If parents see these signs, they should discuss these issues with a family doctor and with professionals who can offer screening processes to determine whether or not there indeed is a problem requiring further evaluation.

Why should I bring my child to The Whole Child?

We are specialists in the fields of speech and language pathology, learning disabilities, special education, behavior and emotional issues, and neurology. Because we are able to evaluate all areas that may hinder your child’s success in school, we are able not only to assess problems, but also to offer treatments and plans for improvement. As director of The Whole Child, my background includes a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology, in addition to courses in Behavioral Neurology and Psychology for the past 25 years. This enables me to use a medical model to evaluate children, recommend specific plans and programs, and implement language therapy or remediation using techniques specifically designed for your child.

Does my child need an evaluation costing hundreds and hundreds of dollars?

At The Whole Child, we usually do an initial evaluation to determine weaknesses and discuss a preliminary plan with the parent. In most cases, remediation plans and tutoring can be set up without any additional testing. If additional evaluations and referrals are needed, this can be accomplished within our center.

Is it possible for my child to get good grades on the report card and still have a problem?

Often, report card grades reflect how your child is doing in comparison to other children in the class. In order to determine how well your child is learning and achieving specific skills, an evaluation can be administered in order to provide the parents with reading, mathematics, and written language levels to get a better idea about the child’s academic level.