Learning disabilities are often grouped into three categories: speech or language disorders; problems with reading, writing, or math skills; and a range of other disorders such as problems with coordination, motor skills, or memory.
Sometimes it’s clear that a child has one kind of disability, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia – disorders that impair reading and math abilities, respectively. But it’s also common for children to have a combination of different disorders.
Attention Deficit Disorders are not by themselves learning disabilities. But children with learning disabilities frequently have attention problems, as well.
Red flags that could indicate a learning disability in children age 5 and under include:
- Delayed speech
- Pronunciation problems
- Difficulty learning new words
- Difficulty learning to read
- Trouble learning numbers, the alphabet, days of the week, or colors and shapes
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty following directions
- Poor grasp of a crayon or pen
- Difficulty with buttoning, zipping, and tying
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