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Ten Percent of Children Affected by Learning Disabilities

by Savitha C Muppala on  April 21, 2013 at 8:36 AM Child Health News   - G J E 4
A recent study by academics at UCL and Goldsmiths has revealed that nearly 2 to 3 children in every classroom are grappling with specific learning difficulties. Nearly 10% of children are victims of autism, dyslexia, and dyscalculia, reveals the study.
 Ten Percent of Children Affected by Learning Disabilities
Ten Percent of Children Affected by Learning Disabilities
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The reasons stem from certain complicated genetic and environmental factors and children are found to be suffering conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and specific language impairment.

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Sometimes these conditions are present as a combination and this proves to be a challenge for educators. Some 33 to 45% of children with ADHD also suffer from dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Lead author Professor Brian Butterworth (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) said: "We are also finally beginning to find effective ways to help learners with one or more SLDs, and although the majority of learners can usually adapt to the one-size-fits-all approach of whole class teaching, those with SLDs will need specialised support tailored to their unique combination of disabilities."



Source: Medindia
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