Identifying Learning Disabilities in Middle School and Junior High Kids

Learning disabilities often reveal themselves as students enter middle school. Read on to learn more about how you can identify possible learning disabilities in your junior high aged student.

Find available tutors

When children with learning disabilities go without being diagnosed, the stress and frustration can make them feel dumb or worthless. If these feelings go on for too long the children may take out their frustrations in destructive ways like drug use or violence.

Children with learning disabilities need to know that they are not dumb, but rather that their neutral networking is simply configured in a different fashion than most children. These children need to be told that they are special, and just as bright as every other child.

If you think that some of the following characteristics accurately describe your child, you need to speak with a professional as soon as possible.

  • Confusing a sequence of letters (left/felt)
  • Trouble interpreting facial expressions or body language
  • Trouble with handwriting
  • Difficulty recalling facts
  • Problems in social situations
  • Problems with learning spelling strategies
  • Avoids writing assignments
  • Trouble making friends
  • Difficulty with analytical skills like word problems
  • Afraid of reading aloud in class or even at home

Parents need to know exactly what their child's problems are before they can do anything to help them. If you think your child may have a learning disability, take the initiative and contact their school as soon as possible. Have the school evaluate your child for learning disabilities, and if they do not have a specialist on staff, ask if they can refer you to a physician or other health care professional.

Did you find this useful? If so, please let others know!

Other Articles You May Be Interested In

  • More Blog Articles
    5 Creative Ways to Celebrate Read to Your Child Day

    February 14th is not only Valentine's Day, it's also Read to Your Child Day, an occasion to celebrate reading with your child. Here are five ideas for how you can observe this special day.

  • More Blog Articles
    Could Kindles Affect Kids' Ability to Learn to Read?

    Do you have a preschool child discovering the world of reading? If so, you might think twice before handing over a Kindle, Nook or other electronic reader. Despite the growing popularity of these devices, it seems technology might take a back seat when it comes to beginning readers. While it may ultimately come down to personal...

We Found 7 Tutors You Might Be Interested In

Huntington Learning

  • What Huntington Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • One on one tutoring
  • Every Huntington tutor is certified and trained extensively on the most effective teaching methods
In-Center and Online

K12

  • What K12 offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Has a strong and effective partnership with public and private schools
  • AdvancED-accredited corporation meeting the highest standards of educational management
Online Only

Kaplan Kids

  • What Kaplan Kids offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Customized learning plans
  • Real-Time Progress Reports track your child's progress
Online Only

Kumon

  • What Kumon offers:
  • In-center tutoring
  • Individualized programs for your child
  • Helps your child develop the skills and study habits needed to improve their academic performance
In-Center and Online

Sylvan Learning

  • What Sylvan Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • Sylvan tutors are certified teachers who provide personalized instruction
  • Regular assessment and progress reports
In-Home, In-Center and Online

Tutor Doctor

  • What Tutor Doctor offers:
  • In-Home tutoring
  • One on one attention by the tutor
  • Develops personlized programs by working with your child's existing homework
In-Home Only

TutorVista

  • What TutorVista offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Student works one-on-one with a professional tutor
  • Using the virtual whiteboard workspace to share problems, solutions and explanations
Online Only

Our Commitment to You

  • Free Help from Teachers

  • Free Learning Materials

  • Helping Disadvantaged Youth