The Social and Emotional Impact of a Child’s Learning Disability at School
Many children with learning disabilities have difficulty not only academically, but also in social settings with their peers. What are some of the factors that contribute to the social struggles that children with learning disabilities often experience?
According to the Journal of Learning Disabilities, more than 150 studies demonstrated that 75% of individuals with learning disabilities have social deficits necessary for appropriate social interaction. Many individuals lack the required social or cognitive skills necessary to interact with others, such as how to initiate conversation, be friendly, resolve conflict, and demonstrate cooperation with peers. Consequently, they are unable to achieve an acceptable degree of “social competence”, which refers to an individual’s ability to use appropriate social skills in all social situations.
Causes of Social Incompetence
Although it appears that social skill deficits play a key role in impacting many children with learning disabilities, questions still remain as to the relationship between learning disability and social skill deficits.
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