Learning disability assessment
By Zoey Martin |
Learning disability assessments

There are a range of support options available for children with learning disabilities, but before you can access them, you need to know if your child has any learning difficulties.

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a neurological disorder and children with learning disabilities are just as smart or smarter than their peers but may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning or recalling and organising information if taught in conventional ways. Common learning disabilities include Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities.

What are the signs of a learning disability

Learning disabilities are difficult to diagnose, but symptoms that may indicate a learning disability include:

  • difficulty in discriminating size, shape or colour
  • reversals in writing and reading
  • poor visual-motor coordination
  • hyperactivity
  • difficulty copying accurately
  • slowness in completing work
  • easily confused by instructions
  • disorganised thinking
  • impulsive behaviour
  • poor short-term or long-term memory
  • low tolerance for frustration
  • excessive movement during sleep
  • poor peer relationships
  • overly excitable during group play
  • inappropriate, unselective and often excessive displays of affection
  • lags in developmental milestones
  • failure to see consequences
  • poor adjustment to environmental changes
  • lack of hand preference
  • difficulty with tasks that require sequencing



Learning Disability Assessments can be conducted at any stage of a child’s development. If you suspect that your child may have a learning disability, you can discuss this with the school your child attends and the Learning Support Team will be able to conduct an assessment. In addition, these assessments can also be conducted by qualified professionals administering psychometric testing and preliminary advice and assessment can be provided by various advocacy organisations.


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Written by Zoey Martin for Kidspot, Australia's largest online education resource. Sources include: Health Net.  Zoey is a mum of one, with another on the way, who blogs at Good Goog or follow her on  Twitter

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