The Social Consequences of Learning Differences

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Learning differences have become an observed issue amongst teachers, parents, and mental-health professionals across America. Recently medical scientists have identified numerous different mental illnesses which range from simple dyslexia to bipolar syndrome. Amongst these professionals, there are many different theories questioning whether these illnesses should be treated, how they should be treated, and at what age children should receive such treatment. If these ailments are not addressed at an early enough age where children can be worked with, these children will ultimately suffer throughout school and into their adult lives. Through different studies taken across the country, it is known that learning ailments affect approximately thirteen percent of children between the ages of nine and seventeen. These illnesses can be classified into anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety, depression disorders including clinical depression and bipolar disorder, and behavioral disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Each of these different classifications affect children differently, however, if disorders are not addressed they can lead to further psychiatric problems. In their study of the relation of language impairment and learning disabilities to social competence, Denise D. Vallance and Maxine Gallander Wintre state, “Theoretical and clinical evidence, as well as research with non-LLD [Language Learning Disabled] children, support an association between discourse skill and social competence in children with LLD. Within the learning disability literature, it is commonly viewed t... ... middle of paper ... ...lity to be social, and is ultimately depressed and alone because nothing was done. Works Cited Page 1. Vallance, Denise D. and Wintre, Maxine Gallander. “Discourse processes underlying social competence in children with language learning disabilities” Development and Psychopathology. ed. 9Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University, 1997. 95-108 2. Sellars, Carol. Risk Assessment In People With Learning Disabilities. BPS Blackwell, 2002 3. Webster, Rachel J. “Letters to the Editor” Newsweek 6 of October 2003: 20 4. Kalb, Claudia “Troubled Souls” Newsweek 22 of September 2003 5. Nursing 77, Bowers, Joan E. “Can You Recognize Childhood Leaning Disorders?” Nursing 77 magazine, November 2000: 26-29 6. Lee, Marie. “My Turn: Sounding out the Point of No Return Preliminary Article“ Newsweek 3 November 2003
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