Surprising Reasons Why Your Kid Might Be Struggling in School

A not so stellar report card could be the result of something other than a learning disorder (11 Photos)

Jordan Lite on Aug 25, 2010 at 2:13PM

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a Jordan Lite on Aug 25, 2010 at 3:08PM

Untreated hearing problems not only delay a child's language development, they also affect his performance at school, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Late detection of hearing impairment is associated with below grade-level performance and dropping out of school before earning a high school diploma, the association says. "If you can't hear well, you often are not taking in what the teacher is saying or you get bits and pieces but not the whole thing--it's hard to stay focused," Glew says. "It can definitely impede the ability to learn." Hearing and vision testing should be done on any child who's struggling in school, she says. Ideally, newborns should be screened before they leave the hospital, with a follow up if problems are detected. Even if hearing is normal at birth it can deteriorate as time goes on. Therefore, any developmental delay that is not solely a motor problem should prompt a hearing test, says Glew.

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