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If your child has any of the following characteristics, it may be beneficial to pursue an evaluation.



Objects to wearing new clothes.

Has difficulty with manual skills (scissors, crayons, pencils, buttons) and/or handwriting.

Reverses or confuses numbers, letters, or whole words.


Has poor balance.

Uses extra movements during activities (sticks out tongue, moves jaw during difficult tasks).


Is restless, fidgety, or impulsive.


Seems sensitive to movement.

Is frightened or irritated by loud noises.

Seeks out physical contact, like roughhousing, crashing into walls.


Speech skills appear immature compared to other children (has no babbling or single words by one year).

Is not interested in communicating with others.

Has a history of ear infections or other health issues that can affect communication.

Has speech that is difficult for people outside of the family to understand.

Weak reading and spelling skills compared to other children in class.

Family history of speech, language, learning or reading problems.

Has difficulty following directions and/or seems to forget information quickly.

Poor social skills (has difficulty making and keeping friends).

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