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EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIFIC LEARNING DISORDER



Students with learning disorders face special frustrations with academic tasks and they often develop maladaptive academic behavior. They report stress, anxiety, self- doubt, diminished persistence, lower expectations for success and negative emotions associated with school work. Of course, procrastination may also be a problem. A new study explores procrastination in relation to students with learning disabilities.

Children with Learning disorders are prone to academic difficulties. These difficulties are further deteriorated or become unmanageable when these children face imbalance in emotional stability and are unable to manage and express their emotions effectively. Lack of parental support and encouragement from school or teachers add on to the adverse consequences they have on the lives of these children. Since they are weak in academics, parents are constantly worried about their future and their ability to compete with others in the real world. As a result, these children feel over pressurized and under the scanner to perform well which is sometimes out of their control and order. Here, they need to express and understand what they feel, but the societal mindset is such that they curb their own emotions and hence, develop unhealthy emotional constructs.

-By Tanya Sharma, Psychologist for NWNT