Signs Of Learning Disabilities
By: Suzie Dalien, M.Ed.
During the school year, parents and teachers should be on high alert for patterns of difficulty that children may experience over time. This may be an underlying learning disability (LD). Children with learning disabilities or disorders are not dumb or lazy, they just understand things differently. This may lead to trouble with learning new things. The most common types of learning disabilities are in reading, writing, math, speaking, listening and reasoning. Affecting a child’s confidence and self-esteem, it’s vital to understand as much about their specific learning need as possible. Motivation, communication and positive reinforcement are ways you can assist your child with special needs reach their excellence.
Common Signs Of Learning Disabilities
• Trouble following directions
• Problems remembering
• Problems with math
• Difficulty with reading and/or writing
• Poor coordination
• Consistently misspells words
• Slow to learn a new skill
• Poor handwriting
• Trouble following classroom discussions
• Trouble expressing thoughts aloud
• Problems staying organized
Additional Signs Of Learning Disabilities
• Difficulty listening
• Inconsistent school performance
• Behavior issues/problems
• Difficulty staying on task
• Doesn’t adjust well to change
• Says one thing, means another
• Delayed speech development, immature speech
Common Learning Disabilities
• Dyslexia (Difficulty reading)
• Dyscalculia (Difficulty with math)
• Dysgraphia (Difficulty with writing)
• Dyspraxia (Sensory Integration Disorder) (Difficulty with fine motor skills)
• Dysphasia/Aphasia (Difficulty with language)
• Auditory Processing Disorder (Difficulty hearing differences between sounds)
• Visual Processing Disorder (Difficulty interpreting visual information)
Though learning disabilities are life-long, as a parent there are several options you have to assist your child with special needs in reaching their excellence. Special education options include inclusion or self-contained classrooms, private schools, charter schools and supplemental learning through special education tutoring. The first step is educating yourself on all aspects of your child’s learning disability. The more you know, the better equipped you will be in ensuring your child with special needs receives the best possible education and works with teachers who truly understand their unique learning needs.
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