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.