Sometimes your child may be struggling in school. The teachers may always complain that your child is having difficulty keeping up with the teacher or the rest of his classmates. As a mother, this will definitely frustrate you because seeing your child fall behind in their education is not easy.
You may feel like there is nothing wrong with your child and that it is normal for children to struggle in school which is true. Every kid develops at his or her own pace; however, some children may struggle because they have a learning difficulty and their family is unaware because not all difficulties/disabilities are obvious.
This article tackles the signs and symptoms that your child may have learning difficulties and how to detect them.
What is a learning disorder?
A learning disorder means that there is a problem that affects how a person receives and processes information. Children with learning disorders usually have difficulty in tasks such as reading, writing, problem-solving in math, and even understanding directions.
Children with learning disorders don’t mean they are less smart than their peers, they may just have a different way of understanding tasks.
What are the signs and symptoms of learning disabilities?
- Being below the average level in skills such as reading, writing, spelling, math equations, and comprehension
- Has trouble following instructions because they can’t pay attention or they forgot
- Difficulty focusing on a task
- Working at a very slow pace
- Being disruptive
- Not showing interest in completing homework or school-related assignments.
- Behavioral issues.
- Always loses books, homework, school resources, etc.
- Lack of enthusiasm for reading or writing
- Has trouble remembering instructions or memorizing any school-related tasks
How does my child get diagnosed?
Diagnosis of learning disabilities depends on your child’s case and where you see the difficulty is coming from. To get a proper diagnosis, your child may need to see a speech therapist, school psychologist, developmental psychologist, occupational therapist, or a clinical psychologist, depending on the severity and type of struggle. Your child will be evaluated and given the proper diagnosis on what kind of learning disability he or she may have.
Is there therapy for learning disorders?
The following are options your child may need if he/she has learning difficulties.
- Extra help: Your child may simply need more revision or tutoring to help them understand the subjects they are struggling with. This may improve their skills.
- Therapy: It all depends on the case. Some children may need therapy by an occupational therapist, others may need a speech therapist intervention.
- Medication: In some cases, your child may need medication for cases such as anxiety, depression, or hyperactivity related learning disorders.
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