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Special Needs

If you think your child has a learning disability or other special need, contact your child’s counselor to discuss what resources at The Summit and in the community are available to help. Online resources which might provide additional information include:

Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that can make learning difficult. Three million school-age children are classified as having a learning disability such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. While the term “learing disability” is often misunderstood, it refers to psychological processes involved in understanding or using language which affect a person's ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations. The National Center for Learning Disabilities explains what is and is not a disability, provides a list of early warning signs, offers resources and discusses strategies for parents and students to employ at home.

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Language Disorders

The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education: Parents can explore an overview of speech and language impairments, including developmental expressive language disorder.

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Depression and Emotional Issues

Contact your child’s counselor if you have concerns about possible depression or emotional issues. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry provides information online about depression and other emotional issues, a fact sheet and resources.

The National Institute of Mental Health offers information on depression, child and adolescent bipolar disorder and other mental health issues affecting children and adolescents. Information includes warning signs and treatment options.

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