Many children receive a diagnosis for learning disabilities when they are in grade school, at which time their learning difficulties may become more apparent. However, there are several signs of learning disabilities that parents or child care professionals might notice when the child is at an earlier age.
For instance, a preschool-age child with a learning disability might start to speak later than the majority of other children the same age, and then have trouble with pronunciation or building his or her vocabulary. Learning concepts such as left and right, and before and after, might prove challenging, as might developing rhyming abilities.
Alongside these language difficulties, problems with fine motor skills may also be an indicator of a learning disability. For instance, the child may take longer than his or her peers to become proficient at using scissors or buttoning clothing. He or she might also have trouble communicating with peers and forming friendships, and have trouble following directions. Dr Takao, an experienced pediatrician in this clinical area, can evaluate a child’s progress and potentially diagnose and develop a plan for addressing the learning difficulty.