“Inclusive education seeks to address the learning needs of all children, with a specific focus on those who are vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion. The goal is to promote opportunities for all children to participate and be treated equally.”
― Andie Fong Toy
It is needless to say the early diagnosis is important to manage a special need condition successfully. Special education basically involves instructional strategies for the on-going problems of learning key academic skills, including reading, writing, and math. The term “specific learning disability” SLD is commonly used in the special education sector. Therefore, it is important to understand SLD.
Specific learning disability (SLD) is a neurodevelopmental special need that affects a child’s ability to listen, speak, read, write, or make calculations negatively. As such special needs start at an early age typically, it is easy to identify in their childhood only. Though, there are also some issues that may not be recognized until middle age.
SLD generally refers to a special need in one or more of the elementary developments involved in understanding or using any specific language, spoken or written, think, speak, read, write, spell or perform any mathematical calculations. SLD is mentioned in the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2004) as well.
Please note, SLD does not include various learning problems related to physical difficulties (visual, hearing, motor skills), emotional fracas, cultural factors, environmental, or economic drawbacks.
According to the Federal guidelines, criteria adopted by states:
According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, SLD includes - dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing special need, language processing disorder, nonverbal learning disabilities and visual perceptual special needs.
Please note, SLD can differ from one child to another. Following are the important symptoms of SLD ---
With early intervention, proper support, learning disability treatment, one can achieve success in school, at work, in relationships, as well as in society.
With the updated special teaching techniques that you can acquire from Learning Disabilities course, special educators can help their students immensely. If any of your learners struggles with the above-mentioned symptoms, take note of the specific issues you see. Consider creating an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
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