Warning Signs

Some of the early warning signs of a learning disability may include:


  • Delayed speech or early speech problems, especially with syllables.
  • Difficulty rhyming by age four.
  • Problems with pencil grip as the child gets older.
  • Extreme clumsiness.
  • Lots of allergies or severe reactions to childhood illnesses.
  • Difficulty mastering tying shoes.
  • Confusion with directionality.


  • Strong social reactions.
  • Lacking friends and being perceived as “odd.”
  • Difficulty with telling time and the passage of time.
  • Difficulty replicating patterns or understanding spatial relations.
  • Difficulty memorizing times tables and abstract math facts such as fractions.
  • Although many children exhibit some of these characteristics, a combination of characteristics can be a sign of a learning disability.

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