Signs and Symptoms of a Possible Learning Disorder

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Oct 23, 2019 3:37:13 PM

Learning disorders are usually hiding in plain sight.  But, most parents and teachers don't have the tools to recognize them or address them. 

Here are some signs and symptoms of a possible learning disorder by age range.


The Prentice School - Preschool Signs and Symptoms


  • Pronunciation problems
  • Difficulty rhyming
  • Difficulty following directions or routines
  • Slow vocabulary development
  • Trouble finding the right word to use
  • Delayed motor skills development


The Prentice School - Grades K-4 Signs and Symptoms







  • Slow to learn the connection between letters and sounds
  • Confuses basic words
  • Unable to blend sounds to make words
  • Makes consistent spelling and reading errors like reversals, transpositions, inversions, and substitutions
  • Slow to learn new skills
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts
  • Impulsive, difficulty planning


The Prentice School - Grades 5-8 Signs and Symptoms







  • Struggles with reading comprehension and/or math skills
  • Poor handwriting
  • Dislikes reading and writing and will avoid reading aloud
  • Difficulty with open-ended questions and word problems
  • Trouble following and participating in classroom discussions
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Slow or poor recall of facts
  • Trouble with spelling and letter sequences

If you feel like your child may have a learning disorder, the first place to start is to get a formal evaluation.  This can be done by your school district or by a private psychologist or neuropsychologist.


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