Warning Signs for Academic Struggles

It’s hard to believe we are three-quarters through this school year. This is the time of the school year when some parents wonder: when should I be alarmed about my child’s struggles in school.

As a parent, we are sometimes too close to the situation to be objective.

How do you know if your child should repeat a grade? Is your child capable of taking A.P. classes? Which college is right for your child?

It isn’t as complicated as it may seem. A simple assessment can reveal so much about a student’s learning.

Wouldn’t you like to know if there is truly some code in the brain that has not been programmed? What if there is a processing disorder? What if working memory is nonexistent?

Our brains are no different from a computer – program the code and watch overall performance skyrocket.

An appropriate assessment takes the guess work out of many of our decisions and guides the planning phase.

This list shows some red-flag concerns for an early elementary student as young as kindergarten:

  • Delayed speech
  • Articulation difficulties
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Constant confusion of left versus right
  • Late establishing a dominant hand
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • Trouble memorizing his address, phone number or alphabet
  • Can’t create words that rhyme
  • Poor handwriting
  • Letter or number reversals after first grade


The above items, as well as the following items are areas of concern for older elementary through high school students:

  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading
  • Poor spelling
  • Often can’t remember sight words or homonyms
  • Trouble with math
  • Extremely messy bedroom, backpack and desk
  • Dreads going to school
  • Word retrieval difficulty when speaking
  • Extremely poor written expression
  • Homework takes forever


When a child struggles at school, there are usually good reasons. Don’t delay in finding out if your child simply lacks some tools for academic success.


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