Learning disabilities may make life more of a challenge, but a diagnosis is not a life sentence. Shutterstock
“For some children, despite having no known physical or mental disability, learning to read, write, spell, do maths, dress, throw and catch a ball, or organise themselves presents significant challenges. When childhood milestones involving speech and movement are slow to develop in young children, should parents be concerned that their child might have a learning disability?
“Below we outline three learning disabilities and what to look out for.
“One of the most common specific learning disabilities is dyslexia. Dyslexia is described as a difference in how children process information. It is often diagnosed shortly after starting school, when formal reading instruction begins. Some early signs of dyslexia are also observed during pre-school years.
“Early indicators of dyslexia include poor phonological skills (the ability to manipulate sounds and words), difficulties with rhyme and rhythm, problems with remembering more than two pieces of information, and general forgetfulness. Physical co-ordination problems are often noticed in pre-schoolers who are later diagnosed with dyslexia. It is estimated that between 3% and 10% of children may have dyslexia.”