My son is struggling with silent reading. How can I tell if he has a learning disability?
There are several symptoms that are common among children with learning disabilities or dyslexia. If you see a pattern of these symptoms in your child, you may want to seek help. I always recommend that you first set an appointment with the child's pediatrician in order to determine if a medical problem (hearing, vision, etc.) might be compromising his learning progress.
- Poor performance on group tests
- Difficulty copying from a model
- Slowness in completing work
- Confusion when dealing with instructions
- Difficulty with tasks that require sequencing
- Difficulty with activities that require understanding of time
- Problems with planning and prioritizing
- Chronic disorganization
- Obsessing on one topic or idea
- Poor memory
- Low tolerance for frustration
- Inflexibility during transitions or changes
- Excitability or anxiety in social situations
- Peer difficulties
- No child has ALL of the symptoms
- Among Learning Disabled populations, some symptoms are more common than others
- All children have two or three of the symptoms to some degree
- The number of symptoms observed in a child does not indicate if the problem is minor or severe. Rather, the frequency and severity of the symptoms are the most important indicators.