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    How do I know if my child has learning difficulties?

    I'm a mum of twins who are 6 years old. What signs do i need to look out for which would indicate a learning issue?
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  • Ida Shapievsky

    Psychologist

    Being a mother myself, I understand what it is like constantly worrying if you are doing the best job possible for your child. My passion … View Profile

    Every child is different, and they have alot of growing to do at the age of six years old so nothing is set in stone. Some indications may include:

    • Reluctance to complete homework
    • Difficulty staying on tasks
    • Difficulty understanding some instructions
    • Not learning at the same pace as their peers
    • Trouble learning the connection between letters and sounds
    • Unable to blend sounds to make words
    • Confuses basic words when reading
    • Consistently misspells words and makes frequent reading errors
    • Trouble learning basic math concepts
    • Difficulty telling time and remembering sequences
    • Slow to learn new skills

    A site worth having a look at is http://www.ncld.org/checklists-a-more/checklists-worksheets-a-forms/ld-checklist-of-signs-and-symptoms.

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