How do I know if my child has a learning disorder?

How do I know if my child has a learning disorder?

Children with learning disorders will have on-going difficulties in processing and retaining information. This will negatively affect reading, writing, spelling, and maths abilities of the child. Some of the most common learning disorders include:

Children struggling with dyslexia will experience difficulties in processing and distinguishing the sounds of different words. This will affect their fluency, spelling, and comprehension, and impede their ability to read and write.

Children with dyscalculia will have problems processing numbers, arranging numbers, doing calculations, and may struggle with basic concepts like time, and measurements. 

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, will lack focus, and be easily distracted. This common learning disorder can make learning in a normal class setting very difficult as they often can’t sit still or even pay attention long enough to learn.

While children are typically diagnosed at 7 or 8 years old, signs that the child might have a learning disorder may manifest and be picked up by their second year of school.

Some of the most common signs to watch out for are:

  • Inability to sit still and pay attention in class
  • Acting out and being disruptive
  • Has trouble following instructions
  • Speaks below their age
  • Has trouble reading age appropriate books
  • Disorganised
  • They may dislike reading and avoid it
  • Has trouble with their school/home work

If your child shows multiple signs and symptoms of learning disorders, it’s best to get a diagnosis from a professional. It’s important to understand that children may exhibit some or even most symptoms of having learning disorders but be completely fine. A professional will be able to more accurately determine if the child does indeed have a learning disorder.

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