There are many trained professionals who can help your child be successful despite any difficulties he or she may be encountering. The list below contains 10 professionals you might want to consider when exploring options to help your child.
1) Classroom teacher–works with your child on a daily basis and can provide insightful information related to how your child learns, how attentive he or she is in the classroom, etc.
2) Learning Disabilities Specialist–many schools have a teacher on staff with specific training and credentials to provide educational services above and beyond regular classroom instruction. This instruction may be one-on-one or in small groups.
3) Educational/Learning Consultant–Independent center or individual who administers educational evaluations and makes recommendations and/or implements intervention work in specific areas of need.
4) School Psychologist–gives and interprets psychological and educational tests; assists with behavior management; provides counseling or consultation with parents, school staff, and students.
5) Pediatrician–provides medical examinations and services, trained in overall child development.
6) Neurologist–a medical specialist that looks for possible issues weakness to specific brain functions.
7) Psychologist–provides psychological and intellectual assessment and treatment for mental and emotional health. Also administers ADHD evaluations.
8) Psychiatrist–diagnoses and treats behavioral and emotional problems, most notably those requiring prescription medications.
9) Occupational Therapist–helps improve motor and sensory functions to improve ability to perform daily fine and gross motor tasks.
10) Speech and Language Therapist–can assess, diagnose, and treat disorders related to speech, language, and cognitive communication impairments such as attention, memory, and problem-solving disorders.
While there are other professionals available in the community who might also be helpful, these 10 are a good starting point to think about.