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Is there an age when learning disorders typically present themselves?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: When skills needed

The educational system gradually places more work requirements as kids age.
Until kids need to show competance in areas such as reading or math the child with a selective learning disability may not show any signs.The early school years are heavy on social skills and cooperation & kids with good auditory & visual memory may compensate for weaknesses in other areas for a while but they will emerge.

In brief: When skills needed

The educational system gradually places more work requirements as kids age.
Until kids need to show competance in areas such as reading or math the child with a selective learning disability may not show any signs.The early school years are heavy on social skills and cooperation & kids with good auditory & visual memory may compensate for weaknesses in other areas for a while but they will emerge.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Early and late

As others have responded, these are usually evident in early school years, though since limited skills are tested in early grades and tests less reliable - sometimes ld is not commonly diagnosed until 2nd or 3rd grade.
School and kids are moving objects, so very bright kids who power through some tasks may not meet the criteria of a large enough difference until middle school or late high school.

In brief: Early and late

As others have responded, these are usually evident in early school years, though since limited skills are tested in early grades and tests less reliable - sometimes ld is not commonly diagnosed until 2nd or 3rd grade.
School and kids are moving objects, so very bright kids who power through some tasks may not meet the criteria of a large enough difference until middle school or late high school.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Early risk factors

A preschooler who has a language delay, even one improved with therapy, should be monitored for the ability to make rhymes and to learn letter-sound associations, indicating " phonological awareness, " the basis for learning to read.
A child with early fine motor delays is at risk for handwriting problems and, possibly, difficulty with math.Diagnoses of " ld" are often not made till 3rd grade.

In brief: Early risk factors

A preschooler who has a language delay, even one improved with therapy, should be monitored for the ability to make rhymes and to learn letter-sound associations, indicating " phonological awareness, " the basis for learning to read.
A child with early fine motor delays is at risk for handwriting problems and, possibly, difficulty with math.Diagnoses of " ld" are often not made till 3rd grade.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: School years

Learning disabilities are usually recognized when children enter a school environment.
Formal testing can identify difficulties in various learning skills and/or a discrepance between exposure to learning and the ability to assimilate the data and remember and use it.

In brief: School years

Learning disabilities are usually recognized when children enter a school environment.
Formal testing can identify difficulties in various learning skills and/or a discrepance between exposure to learning and the ability to assimilate the data and remember and use it.
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
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