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Early Signs of Learning Challenges

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

April 5, 2022

The preschool and early school years are an exciting time for learning. But when young kids seem to be developing skills more slowly than other kids or are frustrated by things other kids enjoy, parents might be concerned — and confused. If a child is having trouble writing letters, or counting or playing rhyming games, are these struggles just part of the learning process or signs that your child needs some extra help? And what kinds of supports are useful for early learners?

This week on childmind.org we’ve got new guidance to help parents tell the difference between development that’s just on a different timetable and early signs that a child might have a learning disorder. And because kids who run into challenges at school often struggle with self-esteem as a result, we have ideas for helping them tolerate frustration and build confidence.

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