Wanting your children to grow up strong and capable is a natural part of being a parent. Children are individuals, though, and every one will have his or her strengths and weaknesses. It’s important for parents to be able to recognize a challenge like a learning disability so that they can help their children overcome adversity and enjoy a full life.
Spotting and identifying a real learning disability makes a huge difference in your child’s life. When you’re fully aware of your child’s situation, you can take action to minimize the impact of the disability.
There are many different resources available to help children who are challenged in this way; the first step to accessing them is knowing how to recognize the signs of learning disabilities. Presented below are some of the most common ones.
1. Slow To Learn
Ask yourself if your child takes an unusually long time to absorb new concepts and information. Try to get a grasp on your child’s comprehension skills both at home and at school. Talk to your child’s teacher if you notice that he or she has difficulty grasping new ideas. The teacher will have both general experience with learning disabilities and specific knowledge of your child’s academic performance.
2. Disliking School
Plenty of children will gladly tell their parents that they hate going to school. This attitude can have a wealth of different causes, but you should bear in mind that a learning disability can be one of them.
Assess your child’s school situation. Is he or she socially stimulated? Is there a bullying issue? Do your child’s complaints stem from a personal issue with a teacher? If there are no other factors negatively affecting your child’s opinion towards school, a learning disability may be the issue. Being presented with material that is too challenging or teaching methods that don’t engage with the student can lead to frustration. Also bear in mind that a learning disability may be one among many issues, e.g. poor academic performance may invite bullying.
3. Peer Comparison
While academic aptitude varies widely from child to child, you can still use your child’s peer group as a rough yardstick to measure their educational performance. If many of the other children in your child’s class are struggling in the same way as him or her, you need not worry. If your child is alone in finding the class challenging, though, it may be a sign of a learning disability. Investigate the situation further if this is the case. If left unaddressed, a learning disability will make your child fall further and further behind.
4. Poor Comprehension And Communication
One of the clearest signs of trouble you can spot is when your child has trouble understanding and obeying instructions (either written or spoken). Communication issues can go both ways; a child with a learning disability may also find it hard to express his or her thoughts and feelings. If you have persistent trouble communicating with your child, a learning disability may be the problem.
Don’t discount simple gut instinct when you’re examining your child’s educational needs. No one else has a closer relationship with your child than you do, and you may be picking up signals that go unnoticed by teachers and other educators. Feel free to investigate further if you sense something isn’t right; talk to your child’s teachers about testing for potential learning disabilities.
There are a lot of different kinds of learning disabilities, and some of them are fiendishly difficult to diagnose. Symptoms vary from child to child. Keep your eyes open for potential warning signs and follow up on them if you do notice them. Most learning disabilities respond well to different types of treatment and education, but detection and diagnosis have to come first.