•              What Are the Symptoms of Learning Disabilities?

    The following are some commonly seen symptoms which may be observed in individuals who have learning disabilities. Factors to consider are the frequency, intensity, and duration of the behaviors.
    • Poor performance on group tests
    • Difficulty discriminating size, shape, or color
    • Difficulty with time concepts
    • Reversals in writing and reading
    • Poor visual-motor coordination
    • Difficulty copying correctly from a model
    • Slowness in completing work
    • Poor organizational skills
    • Easily confused by instructions
    • Difficulty with abstract reasoning and/or problem solving
    • Disorganized thinking
    • Poor short-term or long-term memory
    • Impulsive behavior
    • Low tolerance for frustration
    • Failure to see consequences to actions
    • Overly distractible
    • Difficulty with tasks requiring sequencing
    • Poor reading comprehension

    If you observe one or more of these symptoms in your child, talk with his or her classroom teacher about initiating an evaluation. 


             When to Recommend a Learning Disability Evaluation



    When a concern arises about a child's development, academic progress or social/emotional functioning, an evaluation aids in gaining an understanding of the child's needs.

    An evaluation also helps to determine the appropriate level and type of intervention and support that may be needed. The LD evaluation may be initiated by either the parent or may be recommended by the school.

Last Modified on October 25, 2010