Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities and disorders

Does your child struggle with school? Does he or she dread reading out loud, writing an essay, or tackling a math problem? While every kid has trouble with homework from time to time, if a certain area of learning is consistently problematic, it might indicate a learning disorder. Our guest expert in education evaluation Lama Bendak talked about the signs and symptoms of learning disabilities and disorders.

Preschool signs and symptoms of learning disabilities:

–         Problems pronouncing words

–         Trouble finding the right word

–         Difficulty rhyming

–         Trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, days of the week

–         Difficulty following directions or learning routines

–         Difficulty controlling crayons, pencils, and scissors or coloring within the lines

–         Trouble with buttons, zippers, snaps, learning to tie shoes

Grades K-4 signs and symptoms of learning disabilities

–         Trouble learning the connection between letters and sounds

–         Unable to blend sounds to make words

–         Confuses basic words when reading

–         Consistently misspells words and makes frequent reading errors

–         Trouble learning basic math concepts

–         Difficulty telling time and remembering sequences

–         Slow to learn new skills

Grades 5-8 signs and symptoms of learning disabilities

–         Difficulty with reading comprehension or math skills

–         Trouble with open-ended test questions and word problems

–         Dislikes reading and writing; avoids reading aloud

–         Spells the same word differently in a single document

–         Poor organizational skills (bedroom, homework, desk is messy and disorganized)

–         Trouble following classroom discussions and expressing thoughts aloud

–         Poor handwriting

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Helwi El Hayet

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