The signs and symptoms of Specific Learning Disorder (LD) can vary depending on the specific area of academic difficulty. However, here are some common signs and symptoms that may indicate a child has an LD:
Difficulty with reading, such as difficulty recognizing words, slow or inaccurate reading, difficulty with comprehension, or avoiding reading.
Difficulty with writing, such as difficulty with spelling, grammar, punctuation, or organizing thoughts on paper.
Difficulty with math, such as difficulty understanding mathematical concepts, difficulty with basic math facts, or difficulty with math operations.
Poor academic performance, despite appropriate instruction and effort.
Difficulty following instructions or directions.
Problems with memory, attention, or organization.
Slow processing speed, or taking longer than expected to complete academic tasks.
Low self-esteem or avoidance of academic tasks.
Difficulty with social interactions, which can be related to feelings of inadequacy or frustration related to academic struggles.
It's important to note that LDs can look different for every child and that not all children with LDs will show all of these symptoms. If you suspect that your child may be struggling with an LD, it's important to seek professional help to determine the cause and to develop an appropriate plan for support and intervention.