Parents observing their children’s preferences for activities in early childhood can pick up on their abilities. Did your child avoid the Listening Center at preschool and gravitate to the Lego Center? The brain gives clues about relative weaknesses and strengths. Consider a team analogy. You can observe the “brain players” (abilities). Those with challenges get little playing time. The brain is not an ideal coach – it wants immediate success. If left alone, your child will engage in learning activities that primarily engage strengths. Challenging activities are avoided; the weaker player will remain “on the bench”, receiving no nurturing (practice), becoming even weaker
Identifying challenges early is optimal. They may be mild, respond quickly to interventions and never result in a learning disability. However, in 15 -20 % of children nature has created a glitch in the brain wiring needed for school success. Their challenges are more severe, affecting learning, despite normal intelligence and wonderful nurturing. Research has yielded effective techniques for strengthening the “bench players”. As a result, learning struggles lessen. Children need not suffer failure and loss of self-esteem.
“Red flags” that may be seen during the early grades, but also before school starts.If you have seen several of these in preschool years and they have persisted, they are telling you that there are challenges to learning in these areas. There may be more than one area that is weak, making learning challenges more difficult.