What are the symptoms of Learning Disorder

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 09, 2012

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  • Children with learning disorder have problems pronouncing words.
  • They encounter trouble finding the correct word.
  • It is difficult for them to follow directions or learn routines.
  • They are also unable to blend sounds to make words.

Learning disorder is a general term that describes specific kinds of learning problems. A learning disorder can cause a person to have trouble learning and using certain skills.

Preschool Signs and Symptoms of Learning Disorder


  • Problems pronouncing words
  • Trouble finding the right word
  • Difficulty rhyming
  • Trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, days of the week
  • Difficulty following directions or learning routines
  • Difficulty controlling crayons, pencils, and scissors or coloring within the lines
  • Trouble with buttons, zippers, snaps, learning to tie shoes

Symptoms of Learning Disorder

Ages 5-9 Signs and Symptoms of Learning Disorder


  • Trouble learning the connection between letters and sounds
  • Unable to blend sounds to make words
  • Confuses basic words when reading
  • Consistently misspells words and makes frequent reading errors
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts
  • Difficulty telling time and remembering sequences
  • Slow to learn new skills


Ages 10-13 Signs and Symptoms of Learning Disorder


  • Difficulty with reading comprehension or math skills
  • Trouble with open-ended test questions and word problems
  • Dislikes reading and writing; avoids reading aloud
  • Spells the same word differently in a single document
  • Poor organizational skills (bedroom, homework, desk is messy and disorganized)
  • Trouble following classroom discussions and expressing thoughts aloud
  • Poor handwriting

Diagnosing a learning disorder isn’t always easy. Don’t assume you know what your child’s problem is, even if the symptoms seem clear. It’s important to have your child tested and evaluated by a qualified professional.

Learning disorder can be lifelong conditions. In some people, several overlapping learning disorder may be apparent. Other people may have a single, isolated learning problem that has little impact on their lives.

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