Some children do learn on a more concrete level and will always find abstract learning more difficult. However, you want to be sure that your daughter doesn't have an undiagnosed learning disability that is getting in the way of her learning. Did the LD specialist in the school test her? What were those findings? If they say she has no LD, then asked them how they ruled out this diagnosis? While it's true that some children may struggle in school because they lack the skills necessary to handle higher level thinking, it's important to know if and how anybody has tried to teach your daughter how to do these higher level tasks. If she's just been passed from grade to grade with no effort to provide her with a special educational program, then the school has some catching up to do. If your daughter hasn't done well with higher order thinking despite the best efforts of the school, then it may be time to generate some very specific objectives for her. Ask her teachers to pick two or three specific goals (such as: learning how to find the main idea of a fourth or fifth grade passage, or reading a story to find out who the main characters are and what they did, etc.). Ask the school to focus on these specific goals and tell you what kind of strategies they are using to help your daughter improve in these areas. Review her progress monthly. Ask the school to explain how the techniques they are using are matched to your daughter's learning style. Even if she has limited cognitive abilities, she should be learning in a way that matches her learning style.
LD or Slow Learner?
LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.