Prevalence rates of Learning Disabilities have an average range of 2-10%. While we aware of the negative impact that learning disabilities may have on achievement, when identified early, your child can be given the opportunity to meet their potential.
Below are 7 signs that may suggest that further evaluation may be needed:
- Uneven delays in development that persist to school age
- Inconsistency in your child’s performance and retaining of information
- Your child seems to need extra time to process information, learn concepts and complete work.
- You notice an increasing, strong dislike for school
- Your child routinely avoids academic tasks
- There is a sudden drop in achievement or a consistent pattern of under-achievement
- You recognize a change from your child’s typical behavior or mood presentation (e.g. opposition, anger, sadness, anxiety, inattention or negative self-statements)
It is important to know that children with learning disabilities are not lazy. The opposite is more often the case; they are highly motivated and want to learn.
What can you do if you suspect learning difficulties?
- Bring your concerns to your child’s teacher. Develop a plan that will implement interventions and monitor your child’s response.
- If problems persist, request that an evaluation to be conducted. This evaluation can be done through the school, but it may take several months to complete. Parents may wish to seek a private evaluation for faster results.
- Closely monitor the progress your child is making with any strategies that are put into place.
- A final and very important point is to provide opportunities for your child to be successful everyday. This will help them feel a sense of mastery and achievement that all children require.
1.Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision. (2000). American Psychiatric Association: Washington, D.C.