Students with Learning Disabilities
Learning disabled students are those who demonstrate a significant discrepancy, which is not the result of some other handicap, between academic achievement and intellectual abilities in one or more of the areas of oral expression, listening comprehension, written expression, basic reading skills, reading comprehension, mathematical calculation, mathematics reasoning, or spelling.
Following is a list of some of the common indicators of learning disabled students. These traits are usually not isolated ones; rather, they appear in varying degrees and amounts in most learning disabled students.

A learning disabled student;
* Has poor auditory memory—both short term and long term.
* Has a low tolerance level and a high frustration level.
* Has a weak or poor self-esteem.
* Is easily distractible.
* Finds it difficult, if not impossible, to stay on task for extended periods of time.
* Is spontaneous in expression; often cannot control emotions.
* Is easily confused.
* Is verbally demanding.
* Has some difficulty in working with others in small or large group settings.
* Has difficulty in following complicated directions or remembering directions for extended periods of time.
* Has coordination problems with both large and small muscle groups.
* Has inflexibility of thought; is difficult to persuade otherwise.
* Has poor handwriting skills.
* Has a poor concept of time.

Teaching learning disabled youngsters will present you with some unique and distinctive challenges. Not only will these students demand more of your time and patience;
so, too, will they require specialized instructional strategies in a structured environment that supports and enhances their learning potential. It is important to remember that learning disabled students are not students who are incapacitated or unable to learn;
rather, they need differentiated instruction tailored to their distinctive learning abilities.



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