Common Signs of Learning Disabilities

Common Signs of Learning Disabilities

Learning Difficulties can be tough to diagnose, particularly if you are unsure of what to look for. Here are certain signs that may indicate a learning disability.


                      • Does not speak as much as most of the other children
                      • Has trouble with pronunciation
                      • Has slow vocabulary growth
                      • Is often unable to find the right word when communicating
                      • Is not very good at rhyming words
                      • Has trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, colours, shapes
                      • Is extremely restless and easily distracted
                      • Has trouble interacting with peers
                      • Has difficulty following directions or routines
                      • Has slow development of fine motor skills

Kindergarten through Grade 4

                      • Is slow to learn the connections between letters and sounds
                      • Confuses basic words, such as run, eat and want
                      • Makes consistent reading and spelling errors, including letter reversals (b/d), inversions (m/w), transpositions (felt/left), and substitutions (house/home)
                      • Transposes number sequences and confuses arithmetic signs (+, -, x)
                      • Is slow to remember facts
                      • Is slow to learn new skills and relies heavily on memorisation
                      • Is impulsive
                      • Has difficulty planning
                      • Has an unstable pencil grip
                      • Has trouble learning about time
                      • Has poor coordination
                      • Is unaware of physical surroundings
                      • Is prone to accidents

Grade 5 through 8

                      • Reverse letter sequences (soiled/solid, left/felt)
                      • Is slow to learn prefixes, suffixes, root words, and other spelling strategies
                      • Avoids reading aloud
                      • Has trouble with word problems
                      • Has difficulty with handwriting
                      • Has awkward, fist like, or tight pencil grip
                      • Avoids writing assignments
                      • Has slow or poor recall of facts
                      • Has difficulty making friends
                      • Has trouble understanding body language and facial expressions

Grade 9 through 12

                      • Is a poor speller and frequently spells the same word differently in a single piece of writing
                      • Avoids reading and writing tasks
                      • Has trouble summarising
                      • Has trouble answering open-ended test questions
                      • Has weak memory skills
                      • Has difficulty adjusting to new settings
                      • Performs tasks slowly
                      • Has a poor grasp of abstract concepts
                      • Either pays too little attention to details or focuses on them too much
                      • Misreads information

Note: The above list is an indication that your child may have a learning disability and not a proper diagnosis.


‘Different, Not Less’- Temple Grandin