How to Recognize a Learning Disability

The earlier you recognize a learning disability, the sooner you can help your child to cope. Follow these steps to identify how your child might be struggling.

You will need

  • A record of your child's behavior patterns
  • Professional advice
  • Psychotropic drugs (optional)

Step 1 Note delayed development Notice delays in milestones. A long wait for your child’s first words or first steps can indicate a problem.

Step 2 Document patterns Document patterns of inattentiveness, carelessness, and slow responses. Avoiding mental challenges may be symptomatic of a larger problem.

Step 3 Note problems with instructions Watch for problems following instructions. A learning-disabled child will have trouble remembering spoken or written instructions and retaining skills and facts.

Step 4 Watch for impaired memory and processing Notice if your child misreads information or transposes number, letter, or story sequences.

Step 5 Be aware of physical problems Watch to see if your child has poor balance, has trouble running and jumping, or struggles with handling small objects.

Step 6 Notice temper and behavior Don’t ignore your child’s temper. Some learning-disabled children are prone to behavioral problems.

Step 7 Keep abreast with help Be aware of changing symptoms as your child progresses through school. Talk to your doctor, who can refer you to a specialist.