Assessment of specific learning disabilities in school students of Chittoor district: A cross sectional study
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 7561-7570
AbstractA Child struggling in academic performance is of great concern nowadays. The teachers and parents may be wondering the reason for the child finding difficulties in school tasks, whereas child may become frustrated. The underachievement of a child may be any of the symptoms of cognitive, behavioral and social difficulties. The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of learning disability among school children of Chittoor district. The study is a cross sectional observational study conducted in two schools comprising of two phases. In Phase I, screening of children was done by the teachers using a specially designed Child Behavioral Questionnaire (CBQ) comprising of demographic details, behavioral, attention parameters and academic scores. The students with lower scores in behavioral, attention parameters and academics were recruited for phase II study. In phase II, the students were assessed for learning disability individually by using Learning Disability Evaluation Scale (LDES) – Renormed which consists of questionnaire for assessment of specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia. Based on the results, about 10.5% of students were found to have Specific Learning Disbility (SLD) whereas 13% of the students had learning difficulty.
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