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What are signs of a learning disorder?

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The following may be signs of a learning disorder:

  • Lack of enthusiasm for reading or writing
  • Trouble memorizing things
  • Working at a slow pace
  • Trouble following directions
  • Trouble staying focused on a task
  • Difficulty understanding abstract ideas
  • Lack of attention to detail, or too much attention to detail
  • Poor social skills
  • Disruptiveness

From: Detecting Learning Disabilities WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What are learning disabilities?" HelpGuide.org: "Learning Disabilities in Children," "Parenting Children With Learning Disabilities."Medline Plus: "Learning Disorders." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Learning Disabilities Information Page."National Center for Learning Disabilities: "Dyspraxia;" "Dyslexia;" "Dysgraphia;" "Dyscalculia;" "Auditory Processing Disorder;" "Problem Signs: Is It LD?;" "Behaviors Linked With LD: Is My Child's Behavior a Sign of LD?;" and "Behaviors Linked With LD: Is My Child's Behavior a Sign of LD?" Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Principles of IDEA” and “Childhood Depression." KidsHealth.Org: "Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)."




Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "What are learning disabilities?" HelpGuide.org: "Learning Disabilities in Children," "Parenting Children With Learning Disabilities."Medline Plus: "Learning Disorders." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Learning Disabilities Information Page."National Center for Learning Disabilities: "Dyspraxia;" "Dyslexia;" "Dysgraphia;" "Dyscalculia;" "Auditory Processing Disorder;" "Problem Signs: Is It LD?;" "Behaviors Linked With LD: Is My Child's Behavior a Sign of LD?;" and "Behaviors Linked With LD: Is My Child's Behavior a Sign of LD?" Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Principles of IDEA” and “Childhood Depression." KidsHealth.Org: "Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)."




Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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