A learning disability is a problem that affects how a person processes, understands and uses information. Everyone has learning strengths and weaknesses, but people with learning disabilities have complex learning issues that persist throughout their lives. However, learning disabled students are as smart as – and can be even smarter than – the average student.
There are specific signs that may indicate your child learns differently. In the preschool years, a child may have difficulty with language acquisition or pronunciation. Elementary school students may struggle with reading skills, numeracy, executive functions, or have difficulty with motor skills or coordination. Some learning challenges don’t surface until a child is in middle school, or even high school.
If you spot a potential problem, don’t take a “wait-and-see” approach. Start by talking to your child’s teacher(s). You will also want to rule out any medical concerns. Once you have identified your child’s learning issues, a qualified educational specialist or clinician can help him or her with the next steps.
Read the full article published in U.S. News & World Report contributed by Dr. Russell Hyken, a specialist who works with families whose children struggle with learning difficulties and mental health issues.