Special Education and Educational Law

Definition of Academic and Behavior Difficulties

Academic difficulties refer to the neurologically-based processing problems whereby an individual has trouble learning in a typical manner and at many times caused by unknown factor or factors (Searle, 2015). These difficulties interfere with the basic learning skills such as writing, reading, dyslexia, math issues and dysgraphia as well as higher level skills like short or long term memory and attention, abstract reasoning, time planning, and organization (Searle, 2015). On the other hand, behavioral difficulties entail the lack of ability to build or sustain satisfactory relationships, tendency to develop fears or physical symptoms, a general pervasive humor of unhappiness and depression, and unfitting types of conduct under normal situations usually over a long stretch of time (Jones & Charlton, 2013). Low incidence, internalizing and externalizing behavioral difficulties are the three categories of behavioral challenges (Jones & Charlton, 2013).

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The Purpose and Implications for Children with Academic and Behavior Difficulties

Parenting ought to be one of the life’s enriching experiences, but then again for some parents, it is disappointing, exhausting, and frustrating. Be that as it may, academic and behavior difficulties in children serves a purpose of indicating or rather bringing to light some underlying predicaments (Jones & Charlton, 2013). For some teenagers, academic and behavior problems turn out to be a pattern that can include defying adult authority, refusing to follow reasonable directions, reacting with aggression, and acting impulsively. Additionally, they mess up with the children’s academic and social development and can bring about grave consequences for their mental health. However, this does not imply that no intervention procedures can be initiated to help these kids. For instance, self-evaluation or self-management can provide them with a platform to realize the importance of determination and attitude besides learning responsibility (Searle, 2015).



Jones, K., & Charlton, T. (2013). Overcoming learning and behavior difficulties: Partnership with pupils. London: Routledge.

Searle, M. (2015). Causes & cures in the classroom: Getting to the root of academic and behavior problems. Moorabbin, Vic Hawker Brownlow Education.

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