Thousands of Students Are Wrongly Labeled As Having Special Educational Needs


Schools only teach one way, until this can be changed certain children are always going to be labeled as special needs. Different learners are often labeled as having learning difficulties.

This report, from the UK, states that 25% of children labeled as in need of special education would not be so labeled if schools focused more on teaching all types of learners. I suspect that this result would apply to almost any education system where teachers have so many children in class that they cannot find time to accommodate to different learning styles. It would also apply where teachers are not trained in how to teach children with different learning styles.


One parent, responding to the report, said that she had been told that her daughter was to be assessed as her teacher believes that she has special learning needs. However, her family, three of whom are teachers themselves, do not share this view. As the mother points out, there are 3 students in her daughter’s class and she wonders if this could be a contributing factor to the teacher’s inability to deal with her daughters learning style.

Another mother spoke of how she had to battle to get her son diagnosed as dyslexic, despite the fact that he was over three years behind in his school work. Then, once her son got the designation that would get him extra help form the school she was told that there was no teacher with the qualifications to help her son and that she had to find another school for him.

It can be hard to stop children being wrongly diagnosed as having a learning problem and it can be just as hard getting a child a diagnosis when you think he needs one.

It would be too easy to blame the teachers, I am sure that they are trying to do their best for the children concerned. But these situations could have been avoided if parents and teachers were working together to help children learn, if parents and teachers were sharing thoughts and ideas and understanding more about how children learn and how to give them the support they need.

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