When he's tested for reading comprehension, he scores at a ninth-grade level. When he's tested orally, he struggles to hit a fifth-grade level. He also has a hard time with spelling -- he gets straight A's because he can memorize the words for the week's spelling test. A week later he has no clue how to spell them. He hates to write and is struggling to put things on paper, yet he has a great imagination and the words are there. He struggles with getting words off the board and onto the paper.
I know he needs more help, but I'm not sure specifically what to ask for. Teachers want to put if off as an attitude issue, but I know he's frustrated. Can you recommend a course of action?
I would suggest talking to your child's principal or guidance counselor and see if they might bring in someone to talk to the staff in general about learning disabilities. A good resource would be the Learning Disabilities Association (1-888-3200-6710) or the International Dyslexia Association (1-800-ABCD123). These organizations have branches throughout the United States where you can get more information about learning disabilities as well as professional referrals for help. Many branches also hold regular meetings and conferences that can be really eye-opening for professionals. You might also visit the website for Smart Kids with LD and subscribe to their newsletter. At the very least, you can share the information from this newsletter with your child's teachers.