Early Indicators of Learning Disabilities

In dealing with a child who has a Learning Disability, the most important parental intervention is EARLY DETECTION followed by consultation with a psychologist who is experienced in psychoeducational testing.  Below is a list of behavioral symptoms to help parents begin to identify signs that their child may have a Learning Disability.  These symptoms listed below are intended to indicate the possibility for learning problems amongst preschool aged children:

1. language: problems with pronunciation, slow vocabulary growth, lack of interest in story telling

2. memory:trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, poor memory for routines

3. attention: trouble sitting still, extreme restlessness, lack of persistence in completing tasks

4. fine motor skills: trouble dressing him/herself i.e. buttoning buttons, tying laces, overall clumsiness, reluctance to draw freely or trace pictures.

5. other: trouble interacting with peers, trouble learning left from right; spacial confusion

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One Reply to “Early Indicators of Learning Disabilities”

  1. Dr. Maloff, I have a 5 yr old child without a diagnosis who I think has learnilg disabilities. She has had early intervention since 10 mos. There really aren’t any Drs. in our area that I have been too impressed with but a great program through our sch district We have been told that the probable diagnosis is mental retardation but I feel more that it could be LD. Mainly because she is manipulative, knows right from wrong and has a great sense of humor. How do you go about getting the right testing?

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