It's best to know early on if your child has a learning disability so that their problems can be addressed as early as possible.
Finding out that your child has a learning disability isn’t the end of the world. The important thing would be to know the signs early on, so that you can work with a therapist in order to help your child with their learning disability.
Here are the signs that you should know:
- Difficulty with reading or writing.
- Problems when it comes to mathematics
- Has a hard time remembering
- Has trouble paying attention
- Bad at directions
- Poor coordination
- Has problems staying organized
- Has difficulty understanding concepts related to time
In addition to these signs, there are also behaviors that can be potential markers of a learning disability. Being easily distracted, having difficulty listening, giving inappropriate responses to social situations, and problems understanding certain words or concepts can also be attributed to having a learning disability.
However, these signs alone can’t determine that someone’s suffering from a learning disability. It’s always best to have a professional assessment so that it can be diagnosed properly.
Additionally, some kids who are being taught a second language can show some of these signs, so a professional assessment would really be helpful.
What are the common learning disabilities?
There are 4 common learning disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia.
People with dyslexia have trouble making connections between words and sounds, and with spelling and recognizing words. They usually have a hard time understanding what other people are saying, have difficulty in reading and writing, has issues with learning new words, and they also have trouble distinguishing left from right.
Similar to dyslexia, dysgraphia is a learning disability that’s connected to writing. People with dysgraphia can have poor handwriting, a dislike of writing and drawing, has trouble writing down ideas, and has trouble writing down their thoughts.
Dyscalculia is a disability wherein the person struggles to understand mathematical concepts, including fractions, number lines, as well as positive and negative numbers. They also have trouble with word problems, computing for change when paying for something, and problems understanding the time sequence of events.
Dyspraxia is another learning disability, this time connected to having problems with motor tasks, such as hand-eye coordination. People suffering from dyspraxia can have trouble organizing their things, has problems with activities that require hand-eye coordination, has a sensitivity to touch as well as loud noises.
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