Behavioral and Social InterventionsEditor's note: For more information on each of the characteristics, as well as successful strategies, click on the links below.
Four of the most common and troublesome characteristics of learning disabled students are:
- Impulsivity the tendency to jump into a situation without thinking or making a plan.
- Disorganization the inability to organize the simplest of tasks.
- Distractibility the inability to sustain attention appropriately.
- Poor memory the inability to remember information that has been taught.
- Behavioral expectations.
- Completing work and/or getting it in on time.
- Learning assigned material, especially isolated information such as spelling words and basic mathematics facts.
Students with learning disabilities as well as those who are gifted may:
- Have difficulty maintaining a sense of balance and emotional well-being when faced with being different from the majority of their peers.
- Have rather severe social problems.
- Be most affected by their shyness and introversion.
- Experience a sense of isolation and alienation from their peers.
A social skills deficit is one of the ways in which a student's learning disability may be manifested. The crossover child may face a combination of any of the above problems.
Provided in partnership with The Council for Exceptional Children.