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Learning Disability #FAQs
If your child has a diagnosed or suspected learning disability, there are probably lots of things you’d like to know. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about learning disabilities.
What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a serious and ongoing difficulty with one or more of the following areas of learning – reading, spelling, writing and maths.
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Signs that child might have a learning disability?

Early signs of possible learning disabilities include difficulty with language, like rhyming, or difficulty working with smaller sounds inside words, like identifying the ‘k’ sound in the middle of ‘monkey’.
Children might also have difficulty remembering lists of words, numbers, letters or concepts, like a list of instructions you give all in one go. Your child might also show ongoing & significant problems with reading, spelling & maths.
But having some difficulties doesn’t automatically mean your child has a learning disability. Some children can just take longer than others to begin to learn literacy and maths skills.
At what age does a learning disability start to show?

Learning disabilities can usually be diagnosed by the time your child is 7-8 years old. Early signs of learning disabilities are often picked up in the first two years of school.
Children often become quite good at covering up learning difficulties as they get older, so if you think your child might have a learning difficulty, it’s important to have it checked out early.
What should I do if I think my child has a learning disability?

If your child has ongoing & significant problems with reading, spelling or maths – even if your child has had a good start to his education – it might be useful to get a learning disabilities assessment.
It’s a good idea to talk to your child’s teacher as a first step. Schools have access to professionals who can provide an educational assessment for your child.

Also talk to a health care professional like a speech pathologist or psychologist about a formal assessment.
Do learning disabilities run in families?

Learning disabilities can run in families. This means that parents, siblings, uncles & aunts might have problems with reading, spelling or maths skills that are similar to your child’s problems.
If other members of your family have managed their learning disability in active and effective ways, they can be great role models for your child.
Are people who have learning disabilities often gifted?

People who have learning disabilities are no more likely to be gifted than other people. But people with all sorts of abilities can have learning difficulties, so there will be some who are gifted in different ways.
For example, some have mechanical, academic, sporting and creative abilities.
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