Could My Child Have a Learning Disability?
posted by The Live Better Team | March 22, 2018
All children learn and grow at a different pace—some children may be take longer to develop reading and writing skills than others, but a slower pace is not necessarily a sign that your child has a learning disability.
If your child’s difficulties continue over a significant period of time, however, a learning disability could be present. Here are common signs of learning disabilities in both adults and children, plus signs for a few specific learning disabilities to be aware of.
Common signs that a person may have a learning disability include:
Children with a learning disability exhibit common behaviors. These include:
While these might be signs of a learning disability, an examination by a professional is needed before a diagnosis can be confirmed.
Dyslexia is a condition in which people struggle to connect letters and sounds. They have problems recognizing words, and reading may be difficult. Symptoms occur in the following areas:
Dyscalculia is a numbers-related condition that causes people to struggle with simple mathematical concepts. Symptoms may include:
Those who struggle specifically with writing may have dysgraphia, which can cause people to maintain very poor handwriting well past childhood. Other signs include:
Dyspraxia describes a condition related to coordination and motor tasks, with symptoms that include:
Your family doctor can offer further recommendations if you are worried your child has a learning disability.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.
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