If your child struggles to learn basic concepts of mathematics, or gets confused in simple words such as “to”, “from”, “in”, etc., then this can tell you a lot of things about your ward. Parents often think this is normal and with time their children will overcome it. That may not be the case here. Learn some common learning disability characteristics from a child psychologist and how is it different from slow learners.
Meet Dr. Nisha Jain Grover, Director of Vatsalya Legacy Preschool. She holds a masters’ degree in psychology and learning disabilities. In recent interview y Qriyo’S COO Rishabh Jain, Dr. Grover gave some insights and recommendation to parents whose children might suffer from learning disabilities.
How to identify learning disability characteristics and slow learners:
There are two types of students, the ones who don’t put a lot of efforts in studies and manage to grab the top place in their class, and the ones who put tremendous efforts in class as well as at home but still struggle to achieve good grades. What advice and opinions you hold for the parents of the latter category?
First things first, I would like to highlight the difference between slow learning, and learning disabilities. The two are very different concepts. And the best way to find out if the child has either of the two issues is an IQ test.
If the score of IQ test of your child is below 85, then he/she is considered as a slow learner. And, if the score comes out to be above 85, and the child is still not able to perform well at school, then there is a chance of learning disability.
If the child is a slow learner, then chances are, he/she will remain a slow learner. Chances of improvement are slim (20%). On the other hand, if a child with an IQ of 85+ has a learning disability, then it can be overcome with time and efforts in 90% of the cases.
The main problem at hand is the dilemma which most parents and teachers find themselves in. They are not able to identify learning disability characteristics and slow learner characteristics. And because of the lack of clarity, they often apply technical measures on a slow learner that has a narrow scope of improvement. Instead, they should first identify the problem, and if the child is suffering from learning disability, then they should take appropriate measures to overcome it.
Can you give an approximate idea as to how many students (as per your experience) might be suffering from learning disability, and how many of them could be slow learners?
Slow learners are rarely found in a classroom. Low learners basically are people with incomplete mental development. There are hardly 1-2% slow learners in a class, that too not necessarily.
Whereas children with a learning disability characteristics can easily be spotted in the classroom, but their parents find it hard to identify those learning disability characteristics, hence appropriate steps are often not implemented.
If we truly take appropriate steps to overcome a learning disability, the results will definitely show. Because their is IQ permits them to learn at a faster rate, they just need the right direction and mentorship. These days a lot of students with good IQ struggle to understand concepts of mathematics, or cannot do close reading, maybe because of their lifestyle or lack of attention in the class. This kind of problems can be solved if the students suffer from learning disability.
If the IQ of a child is well above 85, and he does not have the above-mentioned learning disability characteristics, still he/she is not able to perform well at school, then what could be the reason and the possible solution for the same?
If nothing is out of the ordinary and a child is underperforming, then the child is lazy and does not want to study. Kids these days can be very intelligent, but a lot of them don’t find interest in studies which can explain low academic performance. But I don’t think that should be a deal breaker for parents. If a child is intelligent, you just have to identify his/her talent and encourage them to pursue them. Not everyone likes studies and a career backed by academics. There are sports, music, and a tonne of other career options, an intelligent will surely be good at something.
Dr. Grover’s recommendation to parents
My recommendation to parents is to first identify the main issue. First have your children take an IQ test, if they score less than 85, then it is a case of slow learning. If they manage to score more than 85, but their exam mark sheets tell a different story, then have them take a diagnostic test. With this simple 10-15-minute test, you can identify whether the child is suffering from learning disability or not. This test consists of various activities, words, sentences aimed to test the mind of a person across various parameters to finally come to the verdict.
Basic symptoms of learning disability could be a confusion in alphabets/numbers, for instance, writing a mirror image of “C”, “B”, “M”, “W”, etc. and writing 17 instead of 71, 45 instead of 54.
Or, getting confused in the words like “to”, from”, “ in”, etc. because of their repetitive nature. Children come across these words multiple times while reading a text and struggle to get past them.
Once you’ve successfully established the cause of low academic performance, you can consult a child psychologist for further steps for your child’s gradual improvement.
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