Common Signs of Learning Disabilities
Perhaps your child is not performing up to par in the classroom. Maybe his grades are not what you hoped for. Perhaps you see them falling as he grows older. Do you notice he has difficulty paying attention or staying on task? Does he appear not to retain information that he has been taught? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be worried that your child suffers from a learning disability.
For those unfamiliar with the true definition of a learning disability, it has to do with the way your child processes information. If your child suffers from a learning disability, he isn’t necessarily less intelligent than the average child. It simply means that he processes information in different ways or is “wired differently.”
Parents who suspect their child might have a learning disability may be clueless of what to look for. Maybe they wonder if there are any tell-tale signs that their child might have a learning disability. Please keep in mind that the signs discussed in this article are behaviors that almost every child exhibits at one time or another. The real indicator that your child may have a problem lies in the frequency of these episodes. If this is a constant problem, there is probably a good chance your child may be suffering from a learning disability.
Learning disabilities are nearly impossible to diagnose before preschool age. If you notice your preschooler does not begin speaking until much later than the other children, has trouble pronouncing words, and has difficulty rhyming words, then he may have a learning disability. Many of these children also have trouble finding the right word to express what they are trying to say. They have problems with memorizing and recognizing numbers, colors, letters, etc. Many of these children are either withdrawn or reclusive or they have difficulty interacting with their peers. Parents and teachers of affected children often describe them as jittery and unfocused. These students also often have less than average motor skills.
As children grow older, there are other signs that your child may have a learning disability. If your child confuses words, writes numbers in reverse, has trouble memorizing facts, can’t grip a pencil properly, or other related issues, there is a good chance your child is suffering from some sort of learning disability.
The older your child grows, the more apparent the signs will become. In many cases, parents report a general feeling that something is “not quite right” with their child. The children are not achieving what they should achieve academically. If you suspect your child is suffering from a learning disability, it is best to find out so that you can follow the best mode of treatment catered to your child’s needs.