When Your Child Needs Extra Help

If your child is having a hard time at school or at home, it may be difficult to know how to get help.  These resources offer some ideas for getting started, explain how to work with your child's school to get the right support, and provide information on different reading and writing difficulties.


Reading and Writing Difficulties

Learning to read and write can be very difficult.  There are a wide variety of reasons why a child may be having a hard time.  These articles provide tips on how to get support and advice if you think your child may need some extra help.


School Support for Struggling Learners

If your child is struggling or has special needs, he or she may need extra kinds of services or support.  These resources explain steps you can take and provide more information about special education services in U.S. public schools.


Note for Parents

Some challenges may look similar and you may wonder how to tell the difference between different kinds of issues.  Learn what you can and pay attention to your child's behavior and emotional / physical health.  Keep a record of important changes to health, diet, medication, or school situations.

Before taking big steps such as paying for extra services, changing your child's school, or starting medication, be sure to consult with professionals you trust: your child's teacher, doctor, and school counselor are an important place to start.  If you need interpretation services, ask the school for an interpreter or bring along a trusted friend or relative. (Your child should never interpret for you at school.)

Recommended Resources

Center for Parent Information and Resources

This website has great bilingual information for families and educators about special education and specific disabilities. Highlights include:

Understood.org: Bilingual Resources for Families

For additional information about learning and attention issues in English and Spanish, visit Understood, a social impact organization dedicated to helping the 1 in 5 Americans who learn and think differently thrive at home, in school, at work, and in life.

Did you know...?

Learning and attention issues are brain-based difficulties in reading, writing, math, organization, focus, listening comprehension, social skills, motor skills or a combination of these. They often run in families.

Learn more about the one in five children who has a learning or attention issue from the following report: