Children may experience problems with learning throughout their childhood. It’s important to understand that learning disabilities – or more appropriately, learning disorders – are not problems associated with intelligence or motivation. To the contrary, children with learning disabilities are as smart as everyone else – they simply learn differently and need to be taught in ways that are tailored to their unique learning styles. Tell-tale signs of a learning disability in preschool-aged kids include problems learning the alphabet, or with remembering numbers, colors or days of the week; kids may also have a hard time coloring within the lines. In higher grades, a learning disorder may become apparent when a child has trouble with basic math concepts, telling time, remembering sequences or writing legibly. Excellent therapies are available to help kids with learning disorders, including everything from speech and language therapy to computer-based learning programs and comprehension exercises. It’s important to seek assistance as soon as possible for a suspected learning disorder to avoid your child falling behind in school and mitigate any social stigma resulting from this condition.