A delay in achieving certain developmental milestones, when most other aspects of development are normal, could be a symptom of a learning disability. So can be problems pronouncing words and trouble finding the right word.
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
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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