12 Signs Your Child May Have a Learning Disability
Does your child hate to go to school? Is it a constant battle to get them to do homework? Do they regularly show you that they understand learning concepts, but often come home with poor test scores? Many kids have trouble with routine school-related tasks at some point, but it can be difficult to know when to consider talking to a doctor about the possibility of your child having a learning disability. Although the signs of learning disabilities vary from child to child, there are some common things parents can watch for if they suspect their child is struggling.
"For a kid with an unrecognized learning disability, school can become a nightmare — very much like prison where he or she is forced to contend with a secretly hostile environment which criticizes, degrades, and breaks them down over time," clinical psychologist Dr. Michael J. Bradley, author of Crazy Stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience, tells POPSUGAR. Proper diagnosis and treatment is of extreme importance if parents want to help their children avoid the potential long-term impact of unrecognized learning disabilities.
Students who struggle with undiagnosed learning disabilities often go on to experience lifelong effects into adulthood that impact many areas of their life. Plus, students who are struggling with a learning disability that hasn't been diagnosed may be impacted on a psychological level. Dr. Bradley uses the following analogy to describe what it's like for students who struggle with learning disabilities and don't get treatment: "Imagine having a job where everyone but you speaks Greek, leaving you unable to 'get' what is going on when most around you seem to. Picture being forced to report to that job for six hours a day, 10 months a year, with everyone you love and rely upon for support seeming to judge you only by your job performance (report cards). Worst of all, you're seen as being lazy and unmotivated, constantly being reminded that your life will suck if you don't 'try harder.' That is a prescription for depression and anxiety."
For signs that your child may have a learning disability and you should talk to your doctor, keep reading.