Learning Disability and Dyslexia

A Specific Learning Disability (SLD) a neurodevelopmental disorders where a child struggles to learn in the area of reading, written expression, and/or mathematics.

An estimate of 5 to 15% of school-age children struggle with a learning disability. 80% of those with learning disorders have an impairment in reading, which is commonly referred to as dyslexia.

Dyslexia is an with impairment in reading where a child has difficulty with word reading fluency, word reading accuracy, decoding, reading comprehension, and/or spelling.

Problems in reading may begin even before a child is learning to read. Some children with dyslexia may have trouble with breaking down spoken words into syllables, recognizing words that rhyme, connecting letters they see on a page with the sounds they make, and fluent reading. Children with dyslexia may also have difficulty with writing accuracy and spelling.

What is dyscalculia?

Dysgraphia is an impairment in written expression and refers to children with spelling difficulties and problems with writing.  This can include difficulties with accuracy, grammar, and punctuation accuracy, and/or clarity or organization of written expression. Dysgraphia is the term used to describe difficulties with putting one’s thoughts on to paper. Kindergarten-age children with impairment in written expression may not be able to recognize and write letters as well as their peers.

What is Dyslexia? 

When assessing for a learning disability, we are assessing if your child has 

  • Difficulty reading (inaccurate, slow and only with much effort).
  • Difficulty understanding the meaning of what is read.
  • Difficulty with spelling.
  • Difficulty with written expression (problems with grammar, punctuation or organization).
  • Difficulty understanding number concepts, number facts or calculation.
  • Difficulty with mathematical reasoning (applying math concepts or solving math problems). 
  • Difficulty with phonological processing, orthographic, and syntax formation.


What is dysgraphia?

what areas of difficulty
are assessed?

When a learning disability is missed, children are at a higher risk of falling behind, increased mental health symptoms, higher school dropout rates, and unemployment as an adult. 

Know how your child learns best and areas where they are needing a different way of learning is important to your child's overall success. 

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why is it important to
assess for a learning 

Dyscalculia is an impairment in mathematics and is for children who have significantly below average skills in number sense, memorization of arithmetic facts, accurate or fluent calculation, and/or accurate math reasoning. The term “dyscalculia” is used to describe difficulties with learning numbers-related concepts, with processing numerical information, with learning arithmetic facts or with using the symbols and functions to perform accurate or fluent math calculations. 

What's the best next step
if i suspect my child may
have a learning disability? 

The best next step is to schedule a 15-minute consultation so you can ask any specific questions about the assessment process and we can coordinate calendars to schedule the assessment.  

We are currently scheduling two-weeks from the initial phone consultation.

now we have direction

Dr. Griffiths and her team helped me better understand PDA and how this was affecting my son at school.  We know have all the right supports in place and I feel more confident as a parent. 

helped getting services

We were able to use the assessment from AZ Peds Center to get DDD services in our home and my daughter is making progress in the areas we were concerned about. 

helped at school meeting

I was so grateful to have Mr. Albaugh attend the first IEP meeting with me.  He was able to share the assessment with the team and help create goals.

I felt really welcome

My daughter has a lot of energy and Dr. Ford was so patient and kind to her.  It really helped me feel at ease knowing they could keep up with her active energy.

What makes us different

We Do Details

Every assessment includes an understanding of your child's strengths and areas of growth.  We collaborate with teachers, pediatricians, therapists, family members, and medication providers. 

We're Personal

Our office is designed to look  and feel like your living room.  Your child will feel at home and relaxed for the assessment.  We don't do stuffy or big fancy words that real people don't understand.  Our reports are easy to understand.  

We're Experienced

We went to school for a long time to earn those little letters after our names. We also worked in a variety of settings with different kids and families (so nothing really shocks us).  Our team also continues to attend trainings, obtain certifications, and keep up to date with recent research and mental heath concerns. 

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Let's talk more about working together

Multiple openings every week for us to schedule 15-minutes to talk through the process.  We'll talk about your concerns, goals, and how we develop a strength-based assessment for your child. 

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