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By Peter Westwood

Scholars with Disabilities offers a concise evaluation of the disabilities that lecturers may well stumble upon of their school rooms, and the way those disabilities influence on scholars' studying and improvement. major issues contain: highbrow incapacity, autism, Asperger syndrome, different pervasive developmental issues, actual and health and wellbeing impairments, imaginative and prescient and listening to impairments, language and studying issues, and  Read more...

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Approx­ imately 15 per cent of males with fragile X syndrome are considered highfunctioning and may have intelligence within the normal range. However, the majority have mild to moderate learning difficulties, with a few exhibiting a severe degree of disability. It is now believed that an estimated 5 to 7 per cent of intellectual disability in males may be due to the fragile X factor (Allen & Schwartz, 2000). Females with fragile X are more likely to have only mild intellectual disability or general learning difficulties; but some 30 per cent of affected females show signs of emotional disturbance and abnormal speech patterns.

Training to improve motivation might include the use of preferred activities and oppor­t unities for the child to make many choices. Play and play therapy Play is an essential and normal part of childhood, contributing enormously to cognitive, linguistic and social development. For most children, play activities are self-initiated and spontaneous but many children with autism have major deficits in play behaviour (Woodward & Hogenboom, 2000). A priority for young autistic children is therefore to teach them to play.

Some of these students will not be ambulant and will be confined to a wheelchair. Athetoid cerebral palsy (athetosis) is characterised not by rigidity of limbs but by uncontrolled tremors and involuntary writhing movements of the body (dyskinesia), particularly the arms, neck and head (Hegde, 2008). Most individuals with athetosis are less likely to have intellectual disability but may experience learning problems. Ataxic cerebral palsy affects mainly balance, body awareness, posture and gait. Mixed-type cerebral palsy combines spasticity with athetoid and ataxic features.

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