Seeing the Signs of a Learning Disability

By: Delana H Stewarteye photo

Many times students  have learning needs or special needs that go undiagnosed.  Oftentimes, those working with these students do not know the signs to look for.

According to Paul Burden in his book Classroom Management, “a specific learning disability is a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or using spoken or written language.”  He goes on to explain how this can manifest itself as “an impaired ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations.”  (Burden, 2006).

Just because a person has a learning disorder, does not mean they have low intelligence.

child drawing, special needsMany have average or above average intelligence, yet a discrepancy lies between one’s ability and one’s actual performance in a classroom.  Burden groups learning disabilities into four main difficulty areas. To read more about this, click here:

Recognizing Special Needs

Education, Homeschool, Gap Year

See also: Developmental delay, Learning Disability, or Neurological Disorder

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