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How to Recognize a Learning Disability. The earlier you recognize a learning disability,
the sooner you can help your child to cope. Follow these steps to identify how your child
might be struggling. You will need A record of your child's behavior patterns Professional
advice and psychotropic drugs (optional). Step 1. Notice delays in milestones. A long
wait for your child's first words or first steps can indicate a problem. Step 2. Document
patterns of inattentiveness, carelessness, and slow responses. Avoiding mental challenges
may be symptomatic of a larger problem. Step 3. Watch for problems following instructions.
A learning-disabled child will have trouble remembering spoken or written instructions
and retaining skills and facts. Some psychotropic drugs may improve attention and focus, and
limit hyperactivity; consult your pediatrician. Step 4. Notice if your child misreads information
or transposes number, letter, or story sequences. Step 5. Watch to see if your child has poor
balance, has trouble running and jumping, or struggles with handling small objects.
Step 6. Don't ignore your child's temper. Some learning-disabled children are prone
to behavioral problems. Encourage your child to interact socially, and reinforce their
strengths. Step 7. Be aware of changing symptoms as your child progresses through school. Talk
to your doctor, who can refer you to a specialist. Did you know Up to 10 ten percent of U.S.
children under age 18 have some type of learning disability.