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Vikram keeps failing in his school exams. His classwork is of poor quality and he cannot understand anything explained to him unless simple, concrete examples are given to him from everyday life situations. He also finds it difficult to understand things, which are outside his range of immediate experience.

This means that he will not be ready for formal learning (reading, writing and arithmetic) at the same age as the other children of his class. He is probably at a lower intellectual level than his classmates. However, he is able to take care of his personal and social needs under guidance and is also capable of learning at the concrete level. So, he probably falls in the category of the mentally retarded, although his retardation does not seem to be very severe. He belongs to a sub-category of the retarded, generally referred to as the slow-learners.

Who are the slow-learners?



Slow-learners are those who fail in school because of their low intellectual abilities. Their IQ ranges from 55 / 60 to 85 / 90. They have a wide range of abilities and a variety of characteristics depending on their background.



Characteristics:



  1. In physical appearance they are no different from normal children and therefore likely to get admission into schools for normal children where the curriculum is drawn up to meet the needs of average children. So they find it extremely difficult to cope with the education imparted in these schools, unless special provision is made for them and the curriculum is oriented towards practical and real life activities.
  2. They are capable of being educated in ordinary schools and even achieving a moderate degree of success, if they are allowed to proceed at a slower pace and the syllabus is adapted to suit their abilities.
  3. But, they will not be able to keep pace with the average children and never be able to learn all the things we expect normal children to master by the time they leave school.
  4. They will not be able to go for higher studies despite all the guidance and educational facilities made available to them.
  5. They have poor memories. Their attention span is short and they cannot concentrate on one topic for long.

Special problems of the slow-learners:



  1. Since in physical appearance they look like normal children, parents and teachers have the same expectations from them as from the latter.
  2. When they are not able to live up to these expectations, parents and teachers scold and punish them instead of trying to find out the reason behind their failure.
  3. Their classmates make fun of them.
  4. Consequently, they are bewildered and confused, wondering what wrong they have committed.
  5. Since their basic needs of being loved, accepted and recognised are not met, they develop emotional problems and behaviour difficulties.
  6. They generally have a low self-concept due to their limited experience of success and due to the low opinion expressed of them by parents, teachers and others around them.

These problems arise when:

  • A child with low intellectual abilities is not identified at an early age ( before 7 years ).
  • The goals of and the expectations from his education are unrealistic and not geared to his pace of learning and intellect level.
  • When parents refuse to come to terms with the fact that their child has low mental ability. The tense emotional situation at home makes the child feel insecure.
  • Insecurities also creep in if the parents, due to self imposed guilt feelings, are inconsistent in their handling of the child: sometimes over protective, sometimes rejecting her totally. The child does not know what to expect.
  • Teachers show a lack of understanding and give the child a sarcastic and harsh treatment. This may make the child resentful, aggressive or destructive on the one hand or withdrawn on the other. In some extreme cases the child may start playing truant and become antisocial. He/she may fall a prey to drug addiction and other vices since these children lack the power of critical thinking.

The responsibility of parents, teachers and society toward slow-learners:

  • Teachers and parents can be of great help to these children by identifying them at an early age. The delayed attainment of developmental milestones and language usage and vocabulary of these children can easily be noticed if parents and teachers keenly observe these children`s behaviour and development.
  • Teachers should particularly observe such children closely and refer them to the counsellor or psychologist for expert opinion.
  • Cumulative and anecdotal records of any significant behaviour, incident, fact or speech pattern of these children should be maintained in every school. These are of great help in understanding the child better.
  • Teachers and parents should be understanding towards these children and treat them with more affection than harshness. They should not resort to physical punishment.
  • Teachers have a special role to play in helping parents come to terms with the fact that their child has low intellectual ability. This can help prevent deep-seated emotional problems in slow-learners.
  • Normal classroom programmes should also make provision for children with low intellect level:

Since slow learners cannot go in for higher education, schools should provide them with an educational programme for useful living in order to make them socially competent.

Since they are good at practical things, jobs requiring handling of concrete objects and situations would be ideal.

Some modification of the curriculum to suit the needs and intere

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mohan2 (3 Years ago)

my son age 11year he is slow learner, borderline IQ any special school at jodhpur rajasthan

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maitseo (4 Years ago)

please help me, i have a nineteen yrs old daughter who have failed grade 10 since 2008 -to date,im very worriet, concern i dont know what to do .help me siriously

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lindelwa (4 Years ago)

I need your help please my son keep on fail each class and he is very slow in learning but doing things with his hand is very good where can i go or what can i do

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abdul802 (4 Years ago)

My son, age 0f 7 1/2 , a slow leaner, boarder level IQ, Looking for a suitable school for him at Kerala. Kinldy advise.

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shailesh335 (4 Years ago)

my baby is age 7 she stay in boriwali any school for slow learner?

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salil (4 Years ago)

My daughter, age 0f 8 1/2 , a slow leaner, boarder level IQ, Looking for a suitable school for his at Raipur. Kinldy advise.

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baljeet1 (3 Years ago)

I need your help my son 8 1/2 is a slow learner with IQ level at border level, I am looking for a school in Delhi as my residence in Jankpuri

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ravindra2 (3 Years ago)

My daughter who is teen age (15 year)is a slow learner. please suggest a boarding school, who take care of such students. As her school is discontinued since last 2 years, she just likes to sleep in bed. while eating she just looks on faces of others. we have to feed her. And now a days she never call me papa. And there are many other problems in her. please help.

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malti (3 Years ago)

pl help me.My brother is 18 years old he is a slow learner with 39% IQ level at border level, I am looking for a school in Delhi as my residence in Gool Market.

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vani3 (3 Years ago)

my son age 10year he is slow learner, borderline IQ 81 any special school at hyderabad,A.P

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chandresh1 (3 Years ago)

My son is slow learner. he is failed in std 5 in Gujarati medium. Now, we are think to get addmission in slow learning shcool in Vadodara. Kindly advise by e-mail pl.

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shankar5 (3 Years ago)

my kid is a slowlearner i would like to know school for him in and around gm palya and kr puram

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gagan587 (3 Years ago)

my son is 18years he is slowlearner he is in class 12 from nios after 12 pleas suggest me some course so that we can make his living out of it

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sarita1 (3 Years ago)

could u pls tell about the facilities provided by cbse for slow learners in cbse xams.. ....... is there any extra tym provided during xams??????...

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sanjeev5 (3 Years ago)

My son is 13 year old and heart petient with pacemaker . he is slow learner also please give proper guidence and suitable school in near by west delhi.

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harpreet1 (3 Years ago)

My son is 07 year old,he is a slow learner. please give proper guidence and suitable school in near by west delhi.

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shalu784 (3 Years ago)

my daughter is 7 years old. she is slow learner please tell me a special school in chandigarh& panchkula.

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laxman1 (3 Years ago)

My son is 8 years old he is a slow learner,pls help me to get slow learner school around navi mumbai,i stays at kamothe.

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kiran12 (3 Years ago)

my daughter is 11 years old, she is slow learner, her IQ is 63%, kindly suggest me any slow learner school in near by bandra area

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kiran12 (3 Years ago)

kindly suggest me slow learner school in bandra area

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zankhana (3 Years ago)

My son is a slow learner kindly suggest me a slow learning school in Ahmedabad.

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devi8 (3 Years ago)

my son 9 years old .facing above problems all.pls ,i would like to know school forhim in & around kphb colony 6th phase.pls ,let me know best school to my son.i really tired explaining everyone (in schools&neighbourhood&realatives).

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shubhashree.v (2 Years ago)

My daughter is 14 years old slow learner, her IQ is 72%,now she is in 7th std. please inform me that is there any slow learning school in mangalore,karnataka.

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gurumurthy (2 Years ago)

Dear Friends, My son 12.4 years age, who is studying in 6 th standard normal school his IQ is 57%, he can't understand the subjects, his handwriting is very poor & his memory is very poor. When i took him to Neuro Cicratic they suggested me to take him to Slow lerner school, i am surching for the school. Please suggest me the best slow lerner school in bangalore north Eg. malleswaram, yeswantpur etc. since my residence is at Hesaraghatta road.

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najam (2 Years ago)

My daughter 12 is a slow learner. I had to eventually terminate her out of school roll cause her class fellows were making fun of her. Now she is at home and not going to school . Though i brought the syllabus of eighty class n she is studying at home. I don't pressurize her in academics at all. But Your kind self must be aware of it that how it is with GIRLS when they reach the age of getting married. I mean good proposals n everything. I am pretty concerned about her. I myself was academically very good so is my SON but for her i am so very much worried. Your kind advice in this regard will be highly appreciated. Thanking You. . REGARDS. Sincerely NAJAM CHAUDHRY

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babulal (2 Years ago)

My son is 11 year old,He is slow learner,Please sugess me good school for slow lerner with less burden of studies near to chennai central.

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lucy (2 Years ago)

my daughter aged 13 3/12 years is a slow learner. she is now in class 7 in a normal school. please advise me because am thinking of taking her to a catholic boarding school in kenya. she is very active in catholic church matters and I would like her to be involved in other programmes especially music and other activities.

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vimmi (2 Years ago)

my son is 14 yrs old,he is aslow learner,plz help me to get easy admisson in slow learner school indelhiaround saket,his IQ is 80%,but unable to read &understand and even don't effort to read.

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sarika7 (2 Years ago)

my child who is 7 years old who is slow writer pleas suggest classes for her

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priti3 (2 Years ago)

My son is 7yrs old slow learner pls suggest me a slow learner school in nashik

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sunita415 (2 Years ago)

my son is also 7 years old

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sanjay27 (2 Years ago)

where is your school located

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chainika (2 Years ago)

hi..my son is 10 years old he is suffring from myclonic seigure and adhd also ...pls suggest me gud school for him he is also slow learner....

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srinivas4 (2 Years ago)

Hi my son 14 years old very slow learner and his IQ is very less .pls suggest suitable slow learners school in visakhapatnam

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moreshwar (2 Years ago)

Please suggest me a school for 6.5 yrs. daughter. She is slow learner

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darshan971 (2 Years ago)

My 16 years old Son is a slow learner. I had eventually terminated him out of school roll because his class fellows were making fun of her. Now he is at home and not going to school. Though I brought the syllabus of eighth class and he is studying at home. I don't pressurize him in academics at all. I am very much worried for my son. I mean good proposals and everything regarding married life. I am pretty concerned about him. Your kind advice in this regard will be highly appreciated. Thanking You. Regards, Sincerely, DARSHAN SINGH NEGI

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nasreen558 (2 Years ago)

my daughter is 14yrs old,is a slow learner,droped off from school.please help me to get easy admission in dubai slow learner's school.

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bhau (2 Years ago)

My girl 12year age,in 4th std.English Mediam.She is moderate mentally retard.Suggest me any education facility in Pune(Maharashtra)

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kshipra (2 Years ago)

my 20years sister is a slow learner and learning indian vocal music. pls suggest me any of the vocational course or job vaccancies for her

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mehta (2 Years ago)

my daughter is 16 yrs old and and slow learner dropped off from school. please help me to suggest some good slow learner school in Delhi.

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