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How to Identify Learning Disability In Your Child?
27 Jan' 21

How to Identify Learning Disability In Your Child?


How to Identify Learning Disability In Your Child?

Does your child’s teacher complain that your child has trouble sitting still in class? Does everyday homework turn out to be a tug of war? Feel baffled by your child’s behaviour and wonder if it could be linked with learning disability. Well, let’s get things straight. What is learning disability? To be clear, learning disability is not a problem with your child’s intelligence. It doesn’t mean that your child is lazy or dumb. In fact your child is smart like every other child out there. Only thing is that their brains are wired differently. Simply put, your child sees, hears and understands things differently.

How do you recognize or identify a child with learning disability? Well, identifying a child with learning disability is often very tricky. No wonder, it is often confused with the child’s lack of interest in studies. It is however important to understand that learning disabilities do not always mean learning incapacities. Early signs are often picked up in the first two years of school. Yes, it is undoubtedly the teachers who first notice that the child might have a learning disability. This is possible when a child begins to exhibit behavioural problems or falls behind peers in reading, writing and spelling.

Do you suspect that your child might have a learning disability?  Well, here are some of the clues to look for in your pre-schooler or primary school child to determine whether he/she is a victim of the actual problem or not.

  •   Difficulty with reading and/or writing, showing no interest in drawing and colouring, misplacing books or toys,   difficulty  putting letters and numbers in order, trouble with math problems and confusing the plus sign with the sign   for division
  •  Slow at recognizing and learning the alphabets, nursery rhymes, numbers, colors, shapes, days of the week
  •  Reluctance to go to school, complaining about teachers, avoiding assignments and seeking too much attention and   assistance from teachers
  •  Unable to follow simple directions for a game and takes a long time to figure out jokes
  •  Frequently loses or misplaces notebooks, pencils and assignments
  •  Trouble remembering what someone has just told them
  •  Engages in parallel play and doesn’t interact with other kids
  •  Grades don’t match with the amount of effort your child puts in
  •  Difficulty remembering names of friends and peers
  •  Is easily distracted, daydreaming or has difficulty organizing tasks and belongings
  •  Finds difficult taking notes and has a messy handwriting
  •  Consistently misspells and mispronounce words
  •  Reverses letters or words. For e.g. using “b” instead of “d” and writing “saw” instead of “was”.
  •  Has a hard time narrating  stories, because the words get all jumbled up in their little brains
  •  Fumbles with their buttons, drops their spoons while eating, has trouble zipping up pants, tying their shoe laces or   even holding a pencil
  •  Great at answering questions in class but can’t put their thoughts down on paper

If your child exhibits many of the above discussed symptoms and behavioural issues, it is a good indication that your child may have a learning disability. But, do not jump to any conclusions. Instead, seek professional assessment to diagnose a learning disability. Remember the earlier your child is diagnosed with learning disabilities the easier it is to treat with a beneficial outcome.




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