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Learning Disabilities services offered in Victorville, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside, CA

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Learning Disabilities Q & A

What is a learning disability?

Learning disability refers to a group of disorders that begin in childhood and affect the way your child processes information. These disabilities make it hard for children to learn, do well on tests, and keep up with their classmates.

Most learning disabilities involve problems with the basics: math, reading, and writing. However, many children with learning disabilities also have attentional, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

What are the different types of learning disabilities?

These are a few examples of common learning disabilities:


Children with dyscalculia have poor math comprehension. They have a hard time understanding numbers and math concepts.


Dysgraphia affects your child’s fine motor skills. As a result, they have a hard time writing, which in turn interferes with their ability to learn math and other school subjects. These children are usually poor spellers who also have a hard time with organization and planning.


Children with dyslexia struggle with word recognition and spelling. For example, they may not be able to identify or to connect letters and letter combinations with the sounds they represent.

Oral/written language disorder

This disability causes problems in understanding or expressing language. Children may not grasp the word meanings, the order of words, or how changing word order affects meaning. 

Nonverbal learning disabilities

Children with a nonverbal learning disability can’t interpret or understand facial expressions and body language.

What signs indicate my child has a learning disability?

Your child may have a learning disability if they:

  • Have trouble learning colors, shapes, letters, and numbers
  • Have trouble understanding instructions
  • Can’t remember what you just said
  • Lack coordination when walking or in sports
  • Have a hard time buttoning clothes or holding a pencil
  • Often lose or misplace homework or other items
  • Have difficulty learning the concept of time
  • Have emotional reactions when trying to do schoolwork
  • Can’t read, spell, or sound out words

If you notice any of these signs, or your child’s teacher expresses concern about your child’s performance, it’s time to contact High Desert Psychological Services.

Without early intervention, your child will fall further behind as each new lesson builds upon the previous one. The sooner your child receives a diagnosis, the faster they can get help. In addition to receiving the best therapy, they may qualify for additional support or accommodations at school.

To get help for your child’s learning disability, call High Desert Psychological Services or book an appointment online today.