Children all learn and develop at different rates, and many will struggle with learning-related tasks. Not every child that has difficulty with reading, writing, or other tasks has a learning disability, but it’s important to get your child the help they need if they do have one.
Understandably, many parents are concerned if they notice their child struggle severely with learning-related activities.
Today, we’ll share the signs of a learning disability and some tips for what parents can do.
Signs of Learning Disabilities in Children
Children display the signs of a learning disability differently depending on their unique situation. Here are a few of the signs to look out for:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Struggles to follow directions
- Extensive trouble reading, writing, or doing math
- Consistent issues with school performance
- Trouble understanding new words or concepts
- Difficulty expressing thoughts
In general, kids with learning disabilities may struggle with readings, writing, math, and/or nonverbal skills. The Mayo Clinic outlines specific symptoms for each of those categories.
The earlier children with learning disabilities get the treatment they need, the better. Learning problems are likely to snowball when left unaddressed. If you suspect your child may have a learning disability, reach out for help immediately. With the correct treatment, many kids with learning disabilities are able to succeed throughout school and life.
The first step is to request an evaluation. While the signs above may indicate a child has a learning disability, only a professional can make the evaluation. The medical professional can rule out hearing, vision, or other conditions as well. Start by speaking to your pediatrician about your concerns. They will be able to rule out some conditions and provide you with a referral if need be.
Treatment may not get rid of a learning disorder, but it can help your child enjoy a much better learning environment that suits their needs. Depending on the learning disorder, the doctor may suggest:
- A specialist to work one-on-one with your child in a certain subject or with study skills.
- Individual education program.
- Classroom accommodations like more time, testing in another room, etc.
- Occupational therapy to help with motor skills or language skills.
- Medication to manage the psychological effects of the learning disorder.
Children with learning disabilities can lead happy, successful lives and do well in school when they receive the correct treatment options. If you are concerned about your child’s learning, speak with your healthcare professional for the next steps. can