The largest numbers when it comes to learning disabilities, is when it is a reading disability.
Approximately 80% of children with LD are diagnosed with a reading disability. If your child is a kindergartener, and struggling with reading, that does not mean he or she has LD. Children at this age show much variability at learning to read. But, if your child is still greatly struggling by first grade, then an educational screening is in order. Early intervention is crucial. If your child displays many of the following reading symptoms, then ask for an evaluation.
- Reversal of letters, whole words and numerals, (after the age of seven)
- Naming alphabet letters in sequence or counting numbers in order
- Frequent inability to distinguish between sounds within words
- Poor reading comprehension
- Frequently loses place while reading aloud
- Extremely slow reading
- Little concept of reading for meaning
Don’t wait until third or fourth grade for a diagnosis. Early intervention is the key to success.