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How to Identify Learning Disabilities in Children

Child struggling with learning disability

Learning disabilities in children often go unnoticed. Many people, including parents and teachers, can miss a few signs, as they are often masked under what most consider “poor behavior.” Adults expect a certain level of attention and success from a child based on their peers, and when a child does not perform up-to-par, people often assume that they simply aren’t trying. Not only is that very far from the truth, but it’s offensive to the child, making them feel frustrated and alone. Identifying learning disabilities early on helps a child accept that they learn differently and can help their confidence.

The key to helping a child with a learning disability is an understanding that they are not lazy or unmotivated.

Common Signs of Learning Disabilities

Please note that the generally common signs included here are for informational purposes only; the information is not intended to screen for learning disabilities or a specific learning disability.

  • Problems reading and writing
  • Problems with math
  • Poor memory
  • Problems paying attention
  • Trouble following directions
  • Clumsiness
  • Trouble telling time
  • Problems staying organized

Motor Skills

Watch for problems with motor skills. If your child struggles with putting letters or numbers in order, it may coincide with their inability to organize toys and clothes. Poor coordination while walking, talking, or writing is a big sign of motor skill problems.

Developmental Delays

You can also look for developmental delays. If your child appears to do many things slower than their peers do, they could have a developmental delay, or your kid may be struggling with only one thing that holds everything back. This is why communication is important with your child; you have to be able to identify what the setback is.

Low Interaction with Schoolwork

Watch your child’s interaction with schoolwork. If they never touch it, your child may be unmotivated or lazy. However, seeing your child often start work but never finish it is a big sign of ADHD.

Check their emotional levels. Does your child get angry when you mention their performance? Do you notice depressed or irritable moods for no particular reason? High peaks of mania and motivation, followed by low moods, are also a big sign of learning disability.

At Hope Counseling, our staff provides counseling services to a wide range of populations, including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. When you contact us, we will gather relevant information regarding your child’s issues and find the best fit for their mental health needs.

Call us at (863)709-8110 to request more information on our services.