Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Specialist May Discover Cause of Student's Dropping Grades

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Specialist May Discover Cause of Student's Dropping Grades

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Dear Doctor K: My middle-schooler spends a lot of time studying. But his grades have dropped.What could be going on, and what can I do?

Dear Reader: Many children have problems with schoolwork or homework at one time or another. These problems usually do not last long. But if your son is getting poor grades (C or below), he could have a learning disability.

A learning disability is a problem with reading, writing, math or memory skills in a child who has the intelligence, drive and opportunity to learn.

Vision or hearing problems, for example, may make it hard for a child to read, to hear the teacher or to do schoolwork. Spending too much time on extracurricular activities may also be a cause of academic unperformance.

Yet another cause is boredom. We recently celebrated yet another example of the genius of Albert Einstein (the discovery of the gravitation waves that he predicted). …

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