Date of Award

Spring 1983

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted


As more and more evidence unfolds revealing characteristics of what we call 'learning disabled', some attention has been given to affective concerns. It is certainly not surprising that a new dimension to learning disabilities has been uncovered. The relative 'newness' of this area calls for many recent discoveries. What is surprising is that this area of 'how does the learning disabled child" feel' seems to be treated with less urgency relative to the individual's learning deficits. The intention of this essay is to reveal some of the affective characteristics of the learning disabled child, to show how these subsequently affect adolescence and young adulthood, and to present some of the methods used to deal with these difficulties. It is hoped that after consideration of these areas that the reader may see the importance of the psychologist's, teacher's and parent's roles in dealing with not only a child's academic deficits, but also with the personal feelings that seem to coexist with them.