What are the common signs of learning disability?
A child with a learning disability can have difficulties in:
Talking about his/her ideas. It may seem like the words he needs are on the tip of the tongue but won't come out. He/she might use vague words like "thing" or "stuff" and may pause to remember words.
Processing/understanding of information.
Learning new words that he/she hears in class or sees in books.
Understanding questions and following directions.
Remembering numbers in order, like in a phone number.
Remembering the details of a story plot or what the teacher says.
Understanding what he/she reads.
Learning words to songs and rhymes.
Telling left from right. This can make it hard to read and write.
Learning the alphabet and numbers.
Matching sounds to letters. This makes it hard to learn to read.
Writing. He/She may mix up the order of letters in words while writing.
Doing math. He/ She may mix up the order of numbers.
Memorizing times tables.
Effects of speech and language therapy in learning disability
Improved cognitive skills (processing speed, planning, sequencing, problem-solving, etc)
Meaningful improvisations of reading, writing, and spelling abilities.
A better understanding of language concepts that are important to reading and writing skills (eg: phonological awareness skills).
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