Do you feel that your toddler is reaching his learning milestones much later than his contemporaries? Does his slow pace and inability to learn as quickly as others make you anxious? Do you feel it could be a case of learning disability and that your toddler may be affected by it?
If you are worrying about your toddler’s learning curve and wondering whether it could be a developmental issue, read our post. Here we look at how to spot learning disabilities in toddlers and what you can do about them.
What Are The Learning Disabilities In A Toddler?
Most toddlers have different time boundaries when they reach a particular milestone, including the various learning milestones. Your toddler may have some difficulty in reading, writing, speaking or any other learning-related activity. However, it may not mean that he has a learning disability.
Here are some of the types of learning disabilities in toddlers that you can notice:
- Dyslexia (1)
- Dyspraxia (2)
- Dysgraphia (3)
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How To Spot A Learning Disability In Your Toddler?
In case of a learning disability, your toddler will show various signs and symptoms that will persist over a constant period. Most of these signs will be somehow related to each other and will have an obvious connect. The signs of learning disability will vary from toddler to toddler. Here are a few common early signs of learning disabilities in toddlers that you may note:
- Your toddler may not be able to read or write or have speech difficulties even after reaching the age of about two years or so. It could be difficult for him to understand the pronunciation, to speak at a regular pace or find the right word to say what he wants to.
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- It can be a problem teaching him basic concepts like up down, right left, colors, shapes, day and the like.
- Simple everyday things like playing with a ball, hitting or throwing a ball, closing or opening zippers, doing or undoing buttons and using scissors can seem extremely difficult.
- Your toddler may find it especially difficult to work with mathematical learning skills, including understanding numbers and their various relations and equations.
- It can be difficult for him to remember things and pay attention.
- Understanding concepts of time will also be challenging for him, and you may find it hard to make him learn about time and such.
- His coordination skills may not be synchronized, and it can be difficult to help him manage various things at a time.
- Being organized can also present a problem to him, and you may often find him struggle to keep note of his things and tasks.
- Your toddler will find it hard to follow your instructions, even though you may do it in a very toddler-friendly way to ensure that he does understand. (4)
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If your toddler has learning disability, he may also show one or more of the following signs:
- He may find it difficult to listen to whatever you are saying. Even if he does listen, he may find it difficult to connect it to what needs to be done.
- His performance in school will show a significant decline over a consistent period.
- Even though he may be able to speak, he may do so in a very immature way as compared to other toddlers his age. He may be over the age of lisping but may still lisp and stutter.
- It can be troublesome for your toddler to deal with any changes or new things in his life or routine.
- He may have trouble expressing himself and understanding new ideas and concepts.
Watch out for the common symptoms that are related to toddler learning disabilities. Make sure you speak to your toddler’s pediatrician if you notice any of the symptoms above.
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Treating Learning Disabilities In Toddlers:
Children with learning disabilities also face other complications, which include ADHD, apart from the ones we list above. These conditions require specific treatments, which may include therapy and medications.
Does your child suffer from learning disabilities? How do you deal with it? Do you know interesting activities for toddlers with learning disabilities? Share with us below.
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