Recognizing the General Characteristics
Students with learning disabilities typically struggle adapting to change. They may also have difficulty paying attention and may have trouble attending to task. Students with learning disabilities also work at a much slower pace than other students. They require extra time to compete certain tasks like tests and homework. They may also frequently forget to do their homework and have difficulty with planning. They may have a hard time remembering information - memorizing is very difficult for them. This can lead to poor recall of facts, as well.
Some students with learning disabilities also have trouble with social skills, such as making friends and identifying with their peers. Reading facial expressions and understanding body language can be difficult for them. Also, students with learning disabilities, especially those left untreated, will often begin to present some behavior issues.
A learning disability traditionally marks a severe discrepancy between the student’s ability and his actual achievement. This discrepancy should be seen over a period of time. If you notice that a student is really struggling in a particular area, typically in math and reading, then you will want to closely monitor that student.
We know that students have their good days and bad days, but if a student is struggling on a day-to-day basis for a long period of time, then he may be in need of more support. Try some one-on-one intervention with the student. If that doesn’t work, then you may want to refer him to be evaluated by the special ed staff.