A slow learner has traditionally been identified as anyone with a Full Scale IQ one standard deviation below the mean but not as low as two standard deviations below the mean.
If a cognitive assessment (IQ test) has a mean (average) of 100, we expect most students will fall within one standard deviation of 100.
A slow learner does not meet criteria for an Intellectual Disability(previously called mental retardation).
However, she learns slower than average students and will need additional help to succeed.
As a parent, one can’t think of anything much more depressing than watching their child struggle in school.
In other words, teachers must deal with them using their brains and hearts.
These basic differences in learners often cause variations in their academic achievements and classroom behavior.
Hence, there would be always some students in every class who struggle to keep pace with the rest of the class.
Psychologists use the results of their assessments to understand how individuals receive, process, integrate, retain, and communicate information.
Since these functions cannot always be directly observed, it is often difficult to diagnose specific learning disabilities, determine their impact, and recommend appropriate accommodations.