Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Learning disabilities have been the subject of numerous studies in the recent years. This is seen in the high number of definitions given to the subject, as well as the rate of discoveries and revisions. Learning disorders can however be generally defined as a group or family of disorders related to learning functions of the brain and they may include confusion, controversy, and polarization.
The key issues addressed
The key issues addressed in the text involve the cause for various definitions of learning disabilities including the specific learning disabilities as well as the criteria for determining that a child has a learning disability. The text also seeks to redefine learning disabilities using a response-to-intervention model (Gelfand & Drew, 2003). The cause for the numerous definitions of learning abilities stems from the fact that the subject is being addressed by a wide range of professionals including psychologists, medical doctors, as well as teachers. Each of the professionals analyzes the subject based on their interests such that they are all correct within their circles. The criteria for determining if a child has a learning disability vary depending on the prevalent circumstances of the child. These include if the child does not achieve adequately for his or her age, does not meet state-approved standards in one or more of the seven fundamentals of learning (Mapou, 2008).
How to Apply In Classroom and Content
To alleviate the effects of learning disabilities in students, early identification and intervention is necessary. This implies that as a teacher one should be able to rate the students at an early age and assess them for any of the criteria for learning disabilities (Haager & Klinger, 2005). Rather wait till it’s too late, teachers dealing with students at an early age should pay more attention to the child’s performance and seek intervention as early as possible.