By Marshall Raskind, Ph.D.
As public awareness and understanding of learning and attention problems have increased in recent years, so have the number of therapies, treatments, programs, and products aimed at alleviating these difficulties. Unfortunately, not all of these interventions are effective, and in some cases they provide little or no benefit to children struggling with learning and/or attention problems. Regardless, many are widely marketed to the public before there is any scientific evidence about their effectiveness.
With all this in mind, we strongly encourage you to be an informed consumer when selecting services and products for your child. Remember, there are no "magic bullets", cures, or quick fixes for learning and attention difficulties. You'll do well to approach potential interventions for your child with a critical, skeptical, and cautious eye. Keep in mind that old saying, "Buyer beware!"
Ph.D. is a learning disability researcher. He is a frequent presenter at international learning disability conferences and is the author of numerous professional publications on learning disabilities. He is well-known for his research in assistive technology and longitudinal studies tracing LD across the lifespan.
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