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Signs and Symptoms of a Possible Learning Disorder

Oct 23, 2019 3:37:13 PM / by Eric Lindmeier

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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Tags: Dylexia, Learning Disabilities, Struggling in School, ADHD, Signs & Symptoms

Eric Lindmeier

Written by Eric Lindmeier