How to spot learning issues in children

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SEATTLE -- A lot of local school districts are heading back to school starting next week.

While that can be both exciting and fun for most kids, it's a much different experience for roughly 20 percent of students.

According to experts, there's a one-in-five chance your child will have learning issues in school like ADHD or dyslexia.

Kids don't always realizes there's something different about them. Parents sometimes miss the signs or mistake them for laziness or acting out.

Most often, it's not about intelligence. It's about how kids learn, according to experts.

Michelle Smalley, who is a mother of a child with ADHD and dyslexia, said there can be clues that your child may have challenges.

"It's not that there is an intelligence issue," she said. "These kids are just as bright. There's an issue in how they learn and that's what has to be addressed."

Signs you can look for include if your child is not wanting to read, trying to avoid going to school or changes in self-esteem around this time of the year.

According to experts, if you notice signs like this, or a teacher raises concerns, start talking openly with your child and reassuring them things are going to be okay.

Then, consider speaking with a school counselor or your doctor about ways to improve the classroom learning experience.

The Ad Council recommends parents check out the website It's useful for parents who may have questions about their kid's learning abilities and recommendations for how you can best help them.

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