My friend M has a daughter ....erm....also M so we'll call her MA. Anyhoo, MA is in third grade and is having some issues with reading. She can read, likes to read but there are still some issues. She's a slow reader and sometimes when she encounters a word that she doesn't know, she will just substitute a different word. It can mean the same thing but it's a totally different word. Her teacher has told M that they might want to look into having MA tested for ADD but both M and I think that's koi. MA has no behavior issues either at home or at school aside from typical stuff for a kid her age. She get's awesome grades in EVERYTHING else and even has no issues with spelling. In the past, the school noticed issues with MA's reading but one year, didn't mention it to M and her husband until the end of the year. Another time, MA was signed up to get help from some sort of aide with the school but the lady was apparently busy and only met with MA 2 times in a grading period. Now, the teacher is trying to tell M that if MA doesn't pass her reading section of the state tests, the state will make her repeat the third grade.....supposedly some new law. M wants to get MA some sort of tutor but someone that doesn't know MA. Mainly because when MA works with someone she knows, when she gets frustrated, she will try to get out of it. She'll start talking about something else or use some other sort of distraction. I've known this girl since she was born. She is NOT ADD, we're all pretty sure she doesn't have dyslexia but the thing about substituting words makes me think there is something going on between her eyes and her brain. This is an issue I don't have experience with so of course I wanted to come to the experts. Where would M go to have MA tested for any kind of Learning Disability (LD)? She's thought of going to Sylvan but it would be a drive for them and she wants to avoid disrupting their schedule as much as possible. So....any ideas or thoughts?