Signs and Symptoms of Learning Disabilities

Signs and Symptoms of Learning Disabilities in Preschool Children
• Trouble with snaps, zippers, buttons
• Trouble to learn to tie shoes
• Difficulty controlling pencils, crayons, scissors
• Coloring within lines of coloring books
• Difficulty following directions and learning routines
• Trouble learning the alphabet
• Trouble learning shapes, colors, numbers, days
• Difficulty rhyming
• Trouble learning words
• Trouble finding right words
• Problems pronouncing words

Signs and Symptoms of Learning Disabilities in Children age 5-9
• Difficulty telling time
• Difficulty remembering sequences
• Slow to learn new skills
• Trouble learning basic math concepts
• Consistently misspelling of words
• Making frequent reading errors
• Inability to blend sounds in making words
• Difficulty to learn connection between sounds and letters

Signs and Symptoms of Learning Disabilities in Children age 10-13
• Poor handwriting
• Trouble expressing thoughts aloud
• Trouble following classroom discussions
• Poor organizational skills
• Disorganized and messy desk, homework and room
• Avoid reading aloud
• Dislikes writing and reading
• Trouble with open-ended word problems and test questions
• Difficulty with math skills
• Difficulty with reading comprehension

Learning disabilities in reading or dyslexia is categorized in two, such as reading comprehension when the ability to understand the meaning of words, paragraphs and phrases. The other is the relationships between words, letters and sounds.
Learning disabled students require special knowledge about learning disabilities or a child gets classified as naughty, lazy or just doesn’t want to learn. Accurate diagnosis is required by one or more trained professionals and often the help of teachers are needed as well as those of the parent. Developmental psychologists, Educational psychologists, Clinical psychologists, Speech and language therapist, Occupational therapist, Child psychologist and more all aid in the accurate diagnosis of children with possible learning disabilities.
Parents of children with learning disabilities should nurture the child’s other strengths, pursue treatment, research treatments, schools and new theories from professionals. Learning all about the specifics of a child’s learning disabilities and if any cognitive skills are involved will make handling and learning the child easier for everyone involved.