Common red flags for learning disabilities

I hate school-a/k/a

Why is school so hard?

Your child comes home from school and tells you that school is “sooo hard”. How does a parent effectively respond after gritting their teeth and begrudgingly missing a golden opportunity to share that he or she would just be a little more careful or try harder if that could change?

The first thing to do is to get clarity. You need to find out exactly what the complaint means. Does that mean math is difficult? Reading? Write? Watch after? If so, what exactly is the child struggling with? Once you’re able to pinpoint what subject or area is troubling, you may want to speak to your child’s teacher to see if he/she sees any of the following “red flags.”


*few friends or lack of acceptance in any social group

*Misinterpretation of social cues

* Inability to respond appropriately to a specific audience – (e.g. berating a teacher or intruding into a conversation with peers)

*Missing parallel play from 5 years


* Impulsiveness

* Inability to sit still



*keeps calling at school

*Continuously interrupts conversations with peers or adults



* Task refusal or avoidance

*Rejection of school


* Difficulty pronouncing words

*Word recall for poor eyesight

*Letter confusion

*poor reading fluency


* Confusion about word or sentence meaning

*Difficulties in sequencing events in a story

* Difficulty retelling details such as character name, problem or solution


* Inability to retain what is read

*Difficulty linking prior knowledge

* Difficulty keeping ABC, colors, etc.

*constantly misspells words

*spells words differently in the same document


*does not understand numbers

* Difficulty distinguishing between left and right

*Difficulty visualizing math or geometry

*Calculation errors that are far away

*inconsistent command of basic facts

*Difficulty arranging general lists like days of the week or months of the year

Some common learning disabilities are dyslexia (difficulty reading, which may involve letter swaps in both reading and writing), dyscalculia (difficulty with numbers and/or spatial perception), dysgraphia (difficulty writing – both the actual motor task and the coding process). , dyspraxia (difficulty with motor coordination), dysphaisa/aphasia (speech or language disorder or disorder), central auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorder, and attention disorders.

Once you have identified exactly which area your child is struggling with at school, it is best to meet with the school to discuss what your next steps are in solving the problem.

Thanks to Shari Duddy | #Common #red #flags #learning #disabilities

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