The following are some commonly seen symptoms which may be observed in individuals who have learning disabilities. Factors to consider are the frequency, intensity, and duration of the behaviors.


  • Problems with pronunciation
  • Difficulty discriminating between sounds
  • Limited and/or slow growing vocabulary
  • Lack of interest in telling stories
  • Difficulty expressing wants or needs
  • Does not enjoy being read to aloud
  • Easily confused by instructions
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Reversals in writing and reading


  1. Poor track record for task completion
  2. Poor performance on group tests
  3. Unable to remember daily routines or the names of teachers/peers
  4. Problems learning to categorize similar items
  5. Difficulty making choices
  6. Difficulty discriminating size, shape, or color
  7. Overly distractible
  8. Difficulty learning left to right
  9. Difficulty with tasks requiring sequencing
  10. Difficulty with time concepts
  11. Difficulty with abstract reasoning and/or problem solving
  12. Disorganized thinking
  13. Poor short-term or long-term memory
  14. Difficulty copying correctly from a model

Motor Coordination

  1. Messy Eater
  2. Clumsiness
  3. Reluctance to draw or trace
  4. Difficulty with self-help skills i.e. lacing/tying shoes, fastening clothes
  5. Awkward when climbing, jumping or running
  6. Struggles with stacking or building
  7. Poor visual-motor coordination


  1. Impulsive behavior
  2. Low tolerance for frustration
  3. Trouble making friends
  4. Resistance to change
  5. Overly withdrawn or aggressive
  6. Invades personal space of peers
  7. Sudden, extreme mood swings
  8. Sensitivity to sensory input
  9. Failure to see consequences to actions

If you observe one or more of these symptoms in your child, talk with his or her classroom teacher and/or call our office at 314-966-3088.