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Early Indicators of Learning Disabilities

Parents know very well that a child’s first years are the most crucial part of their development. Their early stages are the most crucial, that’s why we put a lot of attention to it. For the child, these years are when they need their parent’s care the most. For parents, these are the years where we care, nurture, and observe their children’s growth.


Each child learns things in different ways and at different paces. Before a child reaches the age of five, it’s important for parents to pay attention to their learning abilities. Other than parents, teachers, and guardians should observe children during these years, as well.


Through observation, you may realize that some kids find it more difficult to learn different concepts like words, numbers, speech, and some others. These signs usually tell you that a kid may have certain learning disabilities that may need early intervention or psychological testing.


While these indicators should be brought to your attention as early as it is detected, there’s no need for you to panic. These definitely don’t affect a child’s intelligence. It’s just important to address any difficulty in your child’s learning. Early detection and intervention are key, and there are ways for parents to address these concerns.


Below are some of the early indicators of learning disabilities that parents should be aware of.


Difficulty in Math, Writing, and Reading


Usually, these disabilities are grouped into three categories. Problems with reading, writing, and math are definitely one of those. In fact, these are quite common among all learning disabilities. Dyslexia, a disability that hinders the child’s ability to learn read, comprehend, and spell, is among the most common conditions that parents should be aware of.


Other than that, if a child has had trouble solving arithmetic problems, they might have dyscalculia. It’s a learning disability that shows someone with a difficulty solving math word problems, logic and time sequences, and other mathematical processes.


Language or Speech Disorders


Delays in speech are also quite common for children. Speech and language disorders among children are also something that should be looked into especially when they are around five years old and still have trouble making and speaking out words and organizing their thoughts into sentences.


This could affect the child’s self-expression that may also potentially affect their social skills. At two or three years old, children should be able to communicate well enough with other family members from the words they have picked up through their first couple of years. If at this age, your child still has trouble making out simple words or is unable to comprehend sentences then it’s probably a good idea to consult with your family doctor or psychologist. Children develop cognitively at different speeds, so it’s just something you may want to look into.


Difficulty in Motor Skills and Memory


If a child is having trouble performing a simple task like buttoning their shirt or zipping up their pants despite you teaching them, it could be another red flag that needs your attention. Poor hand-eye coordination and memory is also an indicator that your child might need to be assessed by professionals.


In the end, it’s important for parents to understand that these disabilities should not worry them. There are comprehensive therapy and intervention options available for your child’s condition. This is why early detection is important.


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