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What Are Some Signs of Learning Disabilities

Preschool

  • Late talking, compared to other children.
  • Pronunciation problems.
  • Slow vocabulary growth, often unable to find the right word.
  • Difficulty rhyming words.
  • Trouble learning numbers, the alphabet, days of the week.
  • Extremely restless and easily distracted.
  • Trouble interacting with peers.
  • Poor ability to follow directions or routines.

Grades R-4

  • Slow to learn the connection between letters and sounds.
  • Confuses basic words (run, eat, want).
  • Makes consistent reading and spelling errors including letter reversals (b/d), inversions (m/w), transpositions (felt/left), and substitutions (house/home).
  • Transposes number sequences and confuses arithmetic signs ( , -, x, /, =).
  • Slow recall of facts.
  • Slow to learn new skills, relies heavily on memorization.
  • Impulsiveness, lack of planning.
  • Unstable pencil grip.
  • Trouble learning about time.
  • Poor coordination, unaware of physical surroundings, prone to accidents.

Your child's teacher will probably talk with you if they see any of these problems in the classroom, and may make recommendations for assessment and help. Remember, if your child shows only one or two of these symptoms, and not all the time, they may just need a little help in that area, which can be done at home or in the classroom. If you have concerns about your child's behavior at home, talk to his or her teacher to see if similar problems are happening in the classroom.

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