Accommodating slow learner

In most situations, a learning disability is not readily observable.Because there are no outward signs of a disability such as a white cane or wheelchair, students with learning disabilities are often overlooked or misunderstood.In most situations, such slow learners are not given enough support by their teachers.How can teachers accommodate all students with different backgrounds and interests in their classroom and help them thrive and grow, academically and personally?Generally speaking, students may be diagnosed with learning disabilities if they are of average or above-average intelligence and there is a significant discrepancy between their academic achievement and their intellectual ability.The diagnosis of a learning disability is often made by a psychologist trained in administering and interpreting psycho-educational assessments.

If a cognitive assessment (IQ test) has a mean (average) of 100, we expect most students will fall within one standard deviation of 100.

It is a heartbreaking experience for a student to be in class day after day but fail to keep up with what the teacher is teaching, especially not because they haven’t been making an effort to cope, but simply because their mind works that way.

This doesn’t only affect the affected students alone, but the teachers and parents as well.

The learning and behavioral problems of slow learners should be handled on two levels, intellectually and emotionally.

In other words, teachers must deal with them using their brains and hearts.

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