• Question 77

    Describe symptoms of learning disabilities in children .


    Symptoms of learning disabilities:

    There are many symptoms of learning disabilities. They became manifest in different combinations in children who suffer from this disorder irrespective of their intelligence, motivation, and hard work for learning.

    1. Difficulties in writing letters, words and phrases, reading out text, and speaking appear quite frequently. Quite often they have listening problems, although they may not have auditory defects. Such children are very different from others in developing learning strategies and plans.

    2. Learning-disabled children have disorders of attention. They get easily distracted and cannot sustain attention on one point for long. More often than not, attentional deficiency lead to hyperactivity, i.e., they aware always moving, doing different things, trying to manipulate things incessantly.

    3. Poor space orientation and inadequate sense of time are common symptoms. Such children do not get easily oriented to new surroundings and get lost. They lack a sense of time and are late or sometimes too early in their routine work. They also show confusion in direction and misjudge right, left, up and down.

    4. Learning-disabled children have poor motor co-ordination and poor manual dexterity. This is evident in their lack of balance, inability to sharpen pencil, handle doorknobs, difficulty in learning to ride a bicycle, etc.

    5. These children fail to understand and follow oral directions for doing things.

    6. They misjudge relationship as to which classmates are friendly and which ones are indifferent. They fail to learn and understand body language.

    7. Learning-disabled children usually show-perceptual disorders. These may include visual, auditory, tactual, and kinesthetic misperception. They fail to differentiate a call-bell from the ring of the telephone. It is not that they do not have sensory acuity. They simply fail to use it in performance.

    8. Fairly large number of learning-disabled children have dyslexia. They quite often fail to copy letters and words; for example they fail to distinguish between 6 and d, p and q, P and 9. was and saw, unclear and nuclear, etc. They fail to organise verbal materials.

    Question 78

    Learning involves a sequence of psychological events. This will become clear if we were to describe a typical learning experiment. Suppose psychologists are interested in understanding how a list of words is learned. They will go through the following sequence: (i) do a pre-test to know how much the person knows before learning, (ii) present the list of words to be remembered for a fixed time, (iii) during this time the list of words is processed towards acquiring new knowledge, (iv) after processing is complete, new knowledge is acquired (this is LEARNING), and (v) after some time elapses, the processed information is recalled by the person. By comparing the number of words which a person now knows as compared to what s/he knew in the pre-test, one infers that learning did take place.

    Question 79

    It is now well established that delayed conditioning procedure is the most effective way of acquiring a CR. Simultaneous and trace conditioning procedures do lead to acquisition of a CR, but they require greater number of acquisition trials in comparison to the delayed conditioning procedure. It may be noted that the acquisition of response under backward conditioning procedure is very rare.

    Question 80

    Which of the following is a feature of learning?

    • Learning always involves some kinds of experience.

    • Behaviour changes that occur due to learning are relatively permanent.

    • Learning involves a sequence of psychological events.

    • All of the above.



    All of the above.

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