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What are the signs of a learning disability?

Before a child begins school, parents are usually not aware that their child has a learning disability. 

In school situations, the following signs may suggest a learning disability:

  • Difficulty or dislike of reading;
  • Poor handwriting;
  • Slow writing speed;
  • Difficulty with math;
  • Difficulty putting information in order;
  • Difficulty understanding abstract concepts;
  • Memory problems;
  • Difficulty with language (for example, trouble following oral directions or remembering words).

Parents should be aware that children with learning disabilities may develop certain personality and behavioral problems.

Children with learning disabilities may become frustrated, lose interest in schoolwork and soon try to avoid difficult tasks altogether.

Learning disabilities can also damage a child’s developing self-image and cause emotional problems such as withdrawal, anxiety, depression or aggression.

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