Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?
By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
March 16, 2021

It’s important to recognize the signs of a learning disability so you can get your child the care they need.

Is your little one having trouble in school? Many children deal with academic struggles for far too long before discovering that they have a learning disability. Here in the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI, areas, our pediatricians want to make sure that learning disabilities are detected early on so we can provide immediate interventions to set them up for academic success.

What are the most common types of learning disabilities?

A learning disability makes it difficult for a child to understand, process, and retain information. While there are many issues that can impact learning, the most common types of learning disabilities that our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians see include:

Dyslexia: This disorder often involves mixing up the position of letters or words, as well as reading comprehension problems. Kids with dyslexia may also have delayed speech.

ADHD: A disorder that impacts a child’s ability to focus, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder may result in trouble sitting still, disruptive behavior, careless mistakes, and trouble paying attention in class.

Dysgraphia: This learning disability is also considered a neurological disorder and it impacts a child’s ability to write due to problems with fine motor skills and coordination. Kids with dysgraphia often have messy and illegible handwriting.

Dyscalculia: While a lot of kids may not love math, there are some kids that actually have a disorder that makes it difficult for them to process even basic math principles. Kids with dyscalculia may have trouble counting and have trouble with the order of operations.

What are the signs of a learning disability?

It usually isn’t until a child starts school that teachers and parents start to notice these red flags. Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities are vast and varied. Some signs include:

  • Delayed speech
  • Trouble expressing thoughts in a coherent way
  • Trouble following simple instructions
  • Difficulty learning new words
  • The inability to recognize certain letters
  • Issues memorizing numbers or the alphabet
  • Acting impulsively
  • Fidgeting and trouble sitting still
  • Prone to emotional outbursts
  • Easily distracted or often daydreaming
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Not listening when others are talking
  • Increased irritability and tantrums
  • Difficulty holding a pencil and other coordination issues

We want to make going to school a fun experience for your child. We understand the challenges that come with a learning disability and we are here to help. Our pediatricians provide comprehensive care to children and teens in the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI, communities. To schedule a consultation with us, call Orchard Pediatrics at (248) 855-7510.