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Ask the Doc | My son has a learning disability

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 8:23 AM

Q My son was tested for learning disabilities last year. He is going to another school this year. Should he be tested again?


A Some schools require the latest information. The new psycho-educational test will let the new school know what his current academic skills are.


My son has just started high school and the coaches are already recruiting him for cricket and basketball is this normal?


Many schools identify talent early. Ensure that your son does his school work as well as participate in sports.


Q I need to go and study to upgrade myself so that I can finance my children's college education. Would it be okay to board my children 10 and 14 for two years while I study?


You will have to weigh the pros and cons of your investment. Will the children be secure and happy where you will place them? Will family members be able to contact and visit them freely? Will you be in touch with them regularly? Please sit and share your plans with your children.

Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to editor@gleanerjm.com or send to 'Ask the Doc', c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!