Signs of Learning Trouble


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Concord Special Education Parent Advisory Committee
(Concord SPED PAC)
Are you wondering if your child's skills are reaching typical guideposts?
Here is a list of some of the first signs of learning disabilities. What to look for:

Preschool - Kindergarten Grades 1-3
Lower grades Grades 4-5
Middle grades Grades 6-8
Upper grades
(click here, for milestones in younger children) Pronunciation problems. Slow vocabulary growth. Lack of interesting in story telling. Delayed decoding abilities for reading. Trouble following directions. Poor spelling. Poor reading comprehension. Lack of verbal participation in class. Trouble with word problems. Weak grasp of explanations. Foreign language problems. Poor written expression. Trouble summarizing.
Memory Trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of week, etc. Poor memory for routines. Slow recall of facts. Organizational problems. Slow acquisition of new skills. Poor spelling. Slow or poor recall of math facts. Failure of automatic recall. Trouble studying for tests. Weak cumulative memory. Slow work pace.
Attention Trouble sitting still. Extreme restlessness. Lack of persistence at tasks. Impulsivity, lack of planning. Careless errors.
Distractibility. Inconsistency. Poor self monitoring. Poor ability to discern relevant detail. Memory problems due to weak attention. Mental fatigue.
Fine Motor Skills Trouble self-help skills (e.g.. tying shoe laces). Clumsiness. Reluctance to draw or trace. Unstable pencil grip. Trouble with letter formation. Fist like or tight pencil grip. Illegible, slow or inconsistent writing. Reluctance to write. Lessening relevance of fine motor skills.
Other Trouble learning left from right. Possible visual spatial confusion. Trouble interacting. Weak social skills. Trouble learning about time.
Temporal sequential disorganization. Poor grasp of math concepts. Poor learning strategies.
Disorganization in time or space.
Peer rejection. Poor grasp of abstract concepts.
Failure to elaborate. Trouble taking tests, multiple choice.

Adapted from Melvine Levine, M.D. F.A.A.P. - Their World, 1990. This table are guideposts for parents and teachers. They should not be used in isolation, but may lead you to seek further evaluations.

Does my child have a Learning Disabilities?

Does the student have the following:
Has an average to above average intelligence.
Exhibits unexpected discrepancy between potential and actual achievement.
Performs poorly because of difficulty in one or more of the following areas:
Written expression
Difficulties in concentration and attention, memory and social skills may also be seen in profiles of students with learning disabilities.