Common Signs of a Learning Disability

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A child with common signs of a learning disability often has several related signs of difficulty with reading, writing, and other learning-related tasks.

The good news about learning disabilities is that research provided by scientists provide hope and direction.

A recent study showed that 10 percent of people have difficulty reading, including those of average and above average intelligence.  

Discovering a child’s learning disability early and providing the right kind of help can give the child a chance to develop skills needed to be successful and live a productive life.

Look for the following common signs of learning disabilities:

  • Poor memory
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Speaks later than most children
  • Slow vocabulary growth
  • Trouble learning the alphabet, days of the week, numbers, etc
  • Poor reading and/or writing ability
  • Easily distracted and extremely restless
  • Lack of eye-hand coordination

Other signs of a child with a learning disability might include:

  • Difficulty staying on task
  • Difficulty listening well
  • Says one thing, means another
  • Problems dealing with new things in life
  • Doesn’t adjust well to change
  • Reverses letters
  • Immature way of speaking
  • Places letters in sentences incorrectly

If any of the signs listed above are present in a child’s behavior, it is still required to seek a professional assessment, just to be sure.

Not every person with a particular disability will have all the common signs of a learning disability, and each learning disability has its own signs.

Many children and adults go through life with a “hidden handicap” due to their learning disabilities not being diagnosed early on. The results can lead to poor self esteem, struggling in the work place, and having a difficulty in school.

Assessing a learning disability early on increases a child’s chances to be able to learn how to cope with a disability. Every child learns in their own individual ways, and most children — even those with a learning disability — still have normal or above-average intelligence.

If you’re concerned about your child, reach out to our experts in Arlington Heights, IL. We provide neuropsychological treatments and assessments for patients of every age group. Reach out today by calling (847) 383-0639 or contacting us online.