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Signs your child may have a learning disability

Published On: Aug 01 2013 07:50:13 AM MDT
Updated On: Sep 04 2013 08:24:44 AM MDT
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As children start to grow and develop, and especially when they start school, there are signs that might point to a learning disability.

Here are some signs that could potentially signal that your child has a learning disability:

Family history and genetics: If one of the child’s parents has a learning disability, you should monitor your child for similar disabilities. Also, if the child has any physical or neurological disabilities he or she should also be monitored for learning disabilities.

Developmental delays: If your child has developmental delays in his or her gross motor or fine motor skills, as well as any delays in his or her cognitive skills, you should watch for any additional learning disabilities.

Concern during wellness visits: Your child’s pediatrician will monitor his or her development and cognitive functioning during checkups throughout his or her childhood. If your doctor has any concerns he or she may refer your child to a specialist for evaluation.

Struggles at school: As your child starts school signs of learning disabilities may present themselves. Watch to see if your child has a hard time grasping basic skills, or if he or she is behind where they should be for their age and level. Watch to see if your child struggles with writing, letters and sounds; can’t understand the concept of numbers; struggles to follow directions or pay attention; struggles to communicate; has a poor memory; struggles to repeat or copy information.

If you suspect your child has a learning disability you should consult his or her teacher and pediatrician.