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’.
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.
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.
Also talk to a health care professional like a speech pathologist or psychologist about a formal assessment.
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.
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.