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At what age can you diagnose a child with a learning disability?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on issue

A learning disability implies a child with at least average intelligence shows a lack of ability in a specific area compaired to other kids their age.
A reading disability will become evident when other kids can & they struggle. The same with math, remembering sequences of items, etc. Kids brains mature over time & new skills come in at variable rates, some have simple delays, others real problems.

In brief: Depends on issue

A learning disability implies a child with at least average intelligence shows a lack of ability in a specific area compaired to other kids their age.
A reading disability will become evident when other kids can & they struggle. The same with math, remembering sequences of items, etc. Kids brains mature over time & new skills come in at variable rates, some have simple delays, others real problems.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
In general, kids without learning disorders have well-established skills by age 7- 8 years old, so it becomes possible to identify those with learning disorder fairly reliably. But, some higher-order more complex cognitive problems may not become clear until early to mid teens.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Most 5-year-olds can

participate in standardized testing of IQ, processing & achievement.
Persistent Global Developmental Delay is then diagnosed as Intellectual Disability if IQ is 70-75 or

In brief: Most 5-year-olds can

participate in standardized testing of IQ, processing & achievement.
Persistent Global Developmental Delay is then diagnosed as Intellectual Disability if IQ is 70-75 or
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Poor performance

a leaning disability implies that a child is not meeting expected performance level in school based on intellectual expectations (IQ).
It excludes mental retardation which is another topic altogether. You cannot make a diagnosis of LD until a child has reached the age and academic point where they are exposed to the material.

In brief: Poor performance

a leaning disability implies that a child is not meeting expected performance level in school based on intellectual expectations (IQ).
It excludes mental retardation which is another topic altogether. You cannot make a diagnosis of LD until a child has reached the age and academic point where they are exposed to the material.
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: LD

Generally, diagnosis of learning disabilities is best in the 8 to 10 year age range, since more independence of work is required, and you are likely to see difficulties at that time.

In brief: LD

Generally, diagnosis of learning disabilities is best in the 8 to 10 year age range, since more independence of work is required, and you are likely to see difficulties at that time.
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