The new Winnie M. Lowe Family Resource Center provides a wonderful space for patients, families and staff to learn about a new or existing diagnosis and the prevention of accident and injury. The Winnie M. Lowe Family Resource Center is home to the Family Library, the Safety Zone and the Medical Library. The space is outfitted with comfortable seating, an exclusive seating area for patients and families and access to computers and tablets for health information searches.

In the Family Library, we offer a variety of resources including print, media and online information. You can visit us to learn more about your child's medical condition, access the internet and computers and learn about community resources.

We offer:

  • Books and magazines
  • Internet searches
  • Resources in the community
  • Parent resources and networks
  • School resources
  • Parenting information
  • Information about child development, safety and well-being
  • Pediatric mental health information
  • Provide access to online health update pages
In order to enhance, sustain, and restore health and development of children, the ACH Library is committed to providing high quality, cost effective, fully accessible services to the health care providers and families of Arkansas children.
At the Arkansas Children's Hospital Safety Zone, our goal is to keep all children safe. In our Safety Zone, common injury risks and related safety products are viewable in a home-like setting. All visitors are able to complete a safety assessment with trained Safety Zone staff, receive one-on-one, tailored education and try out many different safety products. Our services and educational information are offered free to all visitors and no appointment is needed.

What is a Learning Disability?

A learning disability is a severe problem in acquiring or using basic academic skills. These skills are important for reading, math, writing, listening, speaking or thinking. The problem cannot be mostly due to something else, such as attention, motivation, hearing or vision problems.

How Common are Learning Disabilities?

About 5 of every 100 Arkansas students have been found to have a learning disability. More students have learning disabilities than any of the other types of educational disabilities (such as language disorder, general learning disability, hearing impairment and autism).

What is the Most Common Learning Disability?

Most students with learning disabilities have reading disabilities. Most students with learning disabilities have problems in more than one area. For example, students with reading disabilities often have problems with writing.

What to Do When a Child is Having Difficulty in School

Not every learning and developmental problem is necessarily a learning disability. Many children are simply slower in developing certain skills. Because children develop at different speeds and levels, sometimes what seems to be a learning disability is actually a delay in maturation.

Parents and professionals should openly discuss their concerns. Clarification and additional information should be sought from school personnel as well as others who are in regular contact with the child. Steps should be taken to accommodate the student in situations where they learn best. If a student's difficulties do not improve, a comprehensive educational evaluation should be arranged by the student's parents or guardian. Evaluations are meant to help identify areas of relative strength and weakness, and to help determine whether the student is eligible for specialized assistance in school.

Warning Signs and Symptoms

The primary characteristic of a learning disability is a severe discrepancy between IQ and achievement. While there are no single indicators of learning disabilities, there are some common warning signs of a learning disability. The following list can be helpful in determining whether a child has a learning disability and may lead to seeking further assessment. Just because a child demonstrates any of the following traits does not mean the child has a learning disability. Unless a child develops several warning signs consistently and the problems persist over time, there probably is no need for concern.

    Preschool age:

  • Speaks later than most children
  • Pronunciation problems
  • Extremely restless and easily distracted
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Trouble interacting and playing with peers
  • Slow vocabulary growth, inability to find the right word

    Elementary and middle school age:

  • Slow to learn connection between letters and sounds
  • Makes consistent reading and spelling errors including letter reversals (b/d), inversions (m/w), transpositions (felt/left) and substitutions (house/home).
  • Slow to remember facts and learn new skills
  • Trouble learning about time and arithmetic

    High School age:

  • Continues to spell incorrectly, frequently spells the same word differently in a single piece of writing
  • Avoids reading and writing tasks
  • Trouble with open-ended questions on tests
  • Works slowly
  • Misreads information
  • Weak memory skills
  • Poor grasp of abstract concepts

Other Learning Disability Resources

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
James L. Dennis Developmental Center
Phone: 501-364-1830

The Dennis Developmental Center, located adjacent to the Arkansas Children's campus is an evaluation, referral and treatment clinic that provides quality developmental services for children from birth through school-age.

  • Koha -  UAMS/ACH Library catalog of books, magazines and DVD's. ACH books, magazines and DVD's may be borrowed from the ACH Library by patients' families.
  • Rare Diseases Database from NORD - Pamphlets on genetic and rare diseases available on all ACH networked computers.
  • Merck Manual - Home Edition - Bestselling reference book with disease and treatment descriptions.
  • Medline Plus Health Information - Pamphlets plus links to related Medline articles.
  • Books and Videos List - Books and DVD's are searchable on ACH/UAMS Catalog. Click on Advanced Search; click on Collection tab; then type a topic in the Keyword Box and check the ACH Family Library box then search to see everything on your topic to check out from the ACH Family Library.
  • AAFP handouts - Produced by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Spanish Patient Education Materials - Pamphlets in both English and Spanish from government agencies, hospitals and other organizations.


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