By: Delana H Stewart
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.
Many 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: