Specialists in the field of learning and attention problems
If your child has a learning disability, you'll want to become familiar with the various types of professionals who may be involved in your child's education and an explanation of the services they provide.
By Jan Baumel, M.S.
Being a parent isn't easy. Parenting a child with learning and/or attention problems is even more challenging because you may be involved with a variety of professionals during your child's education. Here's a brief list of some of them and an explanation of the services they provide.
Attorney: provides legal assistance to parents about issues pertaining to federal and state special education laws and regulations.
Advocate: represents parents in legal issues related to special education but may not have legal training.
Audiologist: assesses for degree of hearing loss and advises on devices for hearing amplification.
Child psychiatrist: specializes in the assessment and treatment of behavior and emotional aspects of infants, children, and adolescents; medical doctor who can prescribe medication.
Clinical psychologist: provides non-medical diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of emotional and behavioral problems for individuals or groups.
Developmental behavioral pediatrician: focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders in children; medical doctor who can prescribe medication.
Educational psychologist: administers psychological and educational assessments, prepares written report that interprets test results and behavior, and consults regarding education and behavior.
Educational therapist: assesses educational needs; develops and carries out programs for school-related behavior and learning problems, especially LD. Usually a private practitioner.