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 an imbalance in emotional stability
and are unable to manage and express their emotions effectively. Lack of parental support and
encouragement from school or teachers adds 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