Six Signs Your Child May Have a Learning Disability


Your child is perfect, and don’t ever let anyone tell you any different. Your child, however, might also have a learning disability. Luckily, there are warning signs, preventative and coping measures, and lots of help available to parents of children who are learning disabled. Here are six tell-tale signs that your child may have a learning disability.

  1. Late Talker

    Children who are late talkers, or have issues with listening or speaking, are often those that later develop learning disabilities that can affect their performance in school. If your child has listening or speaking problems, check with a medical provider about possible courses of action.

  2. Reading Difficulties

    If your child is behind in reading progress, this could be the first sign of a learning disability. Difficulty with understanding words, recognizing sentences, and trouble with decoding words might be indicative of reading issues later. Be proactive. Start working with your children early.

  3. Metacognition Problems

    If your child has a hard time thinking about thinking, this could be an early sign of a learning disability. Learning from past mistakes, using learning strategies, and how your child uses their ability to think can be key to recognizing potential for learning disabilities. Observe your child as they observe the world, and reach out to a doctor if problems persist.

  4. Coordination Issues

    Being clumsy is one thing, but lacking physical coordination may be a sign of a neurological disorder. Bad handwriting is one gross motor skill that could indicate potential for learning disabilities. Difficulty manipulating small objects is another. Watch for these signs in your child.

  5. Behavior Problems

    Social issues can indicate any number of problems, whether environmental or neurological. The key to early detection is working with your child’s frustration threshold to understand if there is an underlying learning roadblock. Misdiagnosis is common, but not inevitable.

  6. Problems With Math

    Quantitative literacy is the key to understanding many of life’s issues. Issues with understanding basic arithmetic concepts, as well as performing written math work can be a sign of several different number-based learning disabilities. Make sure your child is having real problems and isn’t just eschewing her homework, but do take a lack of math ability seriously.

     

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