Signs of Learning Disabilities: What to Watch for and What to Do

Learning disabilities are common and if left untreated, they can affect a person’s development, educational experience, and more. Fortunately, it is often possible to treat learning disabilities, putting kids in a better position to succeed. However, it’s vital to keep your eye out for telltale signs. Are you worried that a loved one is suffering from learning disabilities and live near Monmouth County? Stop by Developmental Pediatrics of Central Jersey to speak with developmental pediatrician Dr. Alison Smoller. Proudly serving patients from all over the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

It’s important to understand that different kids may exhibit different signs. Further, while such disabilities are often associated with subpar academic performance, struggles with school don’t automatically suggest that a child (or adult) is suffering from a learning disability.

Let’s take a look at some of the common signs that someone is suffering from a learning disability.

Continued Academic Struggles

Everyone has a bad day and sometimes folks struggle with a specific topic, say math or reading. Occasional struggles with school are normal and many students will experience their fair share of challenges. That said, if the struggles are constant, it may be due to a learning disability.

Lack of Impulse Control

Many people struggling with learning disabilities lack impulse control. While anyone can act impulsively from time to time, if a child consistently lacks an ability to control impulses, it may be due to a disability. If impulses aren’t brought under control, it could lead to serious problems.

Regular Struggles Focusing

A child might struggle with following directions or simply tracking conversations with parents, other children, and educators. Often, folks suffering from learning disabilities are easily and constantly distracted.

Acting Out

Perhaps every child will act out from time to time. However, children who suffer from learning disabilities may act out on a constant basis. Sometimes, it may feel like the person in question is difficult to handle. Children can act out in many situations, but many children struggling with disabilities have a tendency to act out in school and other social situations.

If you live in or near Monmouth County and are worried about learning disabilities, contact Developmental Pediatrics of Central Jersey to chat with Dr. Smoller.

Speaking With a Professional About Learning Disabilities

If a loved one is suffering from any or all of the above signs, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is experiencing learning disabilities. Likewise, different people will exhibit different signs. Only trained professionals can make a diagnosis. Dial (732) 660-0220 to speak with developmental pediatrician Dr. Smoller at Developmental Pediatrics of Central Jersey in Monmouth County to discuss learning disabilities and your family.

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