Kids & Learning: 10 Red Flags

Observing your child can help identify learning issues


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While October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, a child can begin to struggle at any time. During a recent Facebook LIVE Chat, Noble Academy's Aimee Picon, assistant head of the lower and junior high schools, and Julie Bean, lower and junior high school counselor, provided a list of red flags. Should any of the following be observed, the parent should discuss the situation with his or her child's teacher. It may be nothing to worry about. Or, it may be something that needs to be addressed. 

Red Flags

  • The child spends excessive amounts of time on homework
  • The child displays resistance to homework and studying
  • The child is bringing home poor grades
  • Heavy studying on the child's part does not translate to better grades
  • The child's reading is slow or labored
  • The child shows a lack of understanding of written text
  • The child has difficulty or show resistance to writing assignments

For younger children in preschool and kindergarten, here are some additional red flags:

  • The child experiences difficulty with rhyming words
  • The child displays poor motor control
  • The child struggles with shape, color, number and letter recognition

Take Action

Talk to your child's teacher. "It is always important to communicate with the teacher if you have concerns. They may see something different in the classroom than you are seeing at home and you can compare notes," says Picon and Bean. 

There could be many explanations for a child who exhibits red flags when it comes to learning challenges. Illness, distraction and the child's unique way and rate of learning can all affect what you're observing in your child. Work with your child's teacher to determine what is typical and what might be cause for further investigation or the need for additional resources.

Follow up and stay involved. It is important to follow through with recommendations from your child's teacher and other school professionals. Moving forward, continue to monitor your child's progress and keep communication lines with your child's current and future teachers open. You know your child, which makes you a valuable resource as well as your child's best advocate. 

 For more information about Noble Academy, visit

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