Learning disabilities can be a very hard thing to deal with for both parents and adults. There can be some embarrassment that goes along with the diagnosis of a learning disability and many times indicators that a disability may be present are ignored or just brushed aside because of the stigma that may go along with being known to have these issues. But when caught early, these problems can be minimized and most kids can find ways to focus, learn and keep up with their peers. The following are some indicators that someone may have a learning disability. If you have found your child to experience some of these issues, talk with their pediatrician to see what needs to be done to allow your child to thrive in a learning environment.

Young Children

In children 4 and under it can be hard to see a learning disability but there are some indicators that it could be a problem in the future. Children that begin talking later than their peers, and those who have problems pronouncing simple words and sounds, may be showing the early signs. You should also look at the rate of development of their fine motor skills and monitor their ability to interact with children of a similar age. Another early indicator is difficulty with learning colors, letters, shapes and numbers.

Elementary Aged Children

Sometimes a learning disability isn't obvious until kids get older. Children who are ages 5-10 should be monitored for problems with confusing similar words, transposing numbers or letters and consistent reading or spelling errors. Some physical indicators are problems focusing and sitting still, being impulsive and having poor coordination.

Older Children and Adults

With some people learning disabilities aren't diagnosed until they are in the higher levels of school. Some people don't realize they have a learning disability until they're an adult. Consistent transposing of letters, problems with reading or spelling and poor memory skills can all be signs of a learning disability. It's also important to consider things like problems with writing, difficulty adjusting to new surroundings and issues with making friends. Learning disabilities can be treated if they are acknowledged, and the earlier they're found, the easier they are to treat. Those with learning disabilities or parents of children who deal with this issues shouldn't be ashamed. These problems are quite common and with hard work and dedication, those with learning disabilities can adjust and learn live a normal life.