The "Slow" Learner

The "slow" learner is a child who is too intelligent to be classified as handicapped, but is not able to cope adequately with traditional academic work. It is a term used for instructional purposes rather than labeling.

  • I.Q. Range: 76-89 on individual intelligence tests.
  • Number: 20% or 1 of every 5 students.
  • General Potential: By age 17, to have achieved 8th grade level.
  • Comparison to Other Students:
    • Grade 3 will be at least one year behind;
    • Grade 7 will probably be about three years behind.
  • General School Programs:
    • Retention in Grade;
    • Ability Grouping;
    • Remedial Classes.

***Slow Learners are NOT eligible for Special Education***

Possible Causes of children being slow learners: --heredity--lack of environmental stimulation -physical or health reasons -rejection by parents, peers, teachers, and other persons -low nutrition-inadequate educational experiences-minor neurological deficiencies and other variables

Characteristics:-slow in academic learning--often skilled in mechanical or artistic activities, in physical activities or in social situations-may have short attention span or be easily distracted by outside stimuli -may not be able to generalize -may be withdrawn and not participate voluntarily -may try to compensate for lack of school success by disruptive aggression -will require more exposure to understand a concept -with adequate instruction can be taught skills which are important to society and encourage feelings of self-worth.



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