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Learning Disorders: Identification and Eligibility of Services

By Amanda Hyatt Fields, PhD, LP, pediatric neuropsychologist at Park Nicollet…

Identifying learning disabilities and determining eligibility for special services can be both confusing and frustrating. The reason, in part, may be attributed to differences between school and medical definitions of what constitutes a learning disorder.  To identify a student as learning disordered in the schools, the child must meet specific criteria for a specific disability as outlined by the federal government in IDEIA 2004, whereas the medical model focuses on statistical differences using a variety of different measures.

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