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IJHSR. 2015; 5(12): 268-273


To Assess the Knowledge of Parents Regarding Childhood Specific Learning Disabilities Visiting a Selected Hospital at Mangalore.

Anjaly Johney, Anju Baby, Ann Mary Lukose, Anu Philip, Elza Josephine, Tiny Joseph, John Neeta Priyanka Ebnezar, Manoj PS.

Abstract
Learning disabilities (LD) are most often defined by describing a discrepancy between ability and performance. Children with learning disabilities are of average to above-average intelligent quotient (or IQ), but performance assessments and standardized tests indicate that their classroom achievement fails to match their evident ability. Because learning disabilities relate specifically to classroom performance, they are rarely identified before a child enters school and confronts academic instruction. It can be difficult to determine the cause of a learning disability, and the matter is often confusing for both parents and teachers. In India factors namely, poor exposure of many of these children to education, knowledge and language makes diagnosis even more problematic. The aim of the study is to assess the knowledge of parents regarding Childhood Specific Learning Disabilities.
Objectives of the study:
1. To assess the level of knowledge of parents regarding Childhood Specific Learning Disabilities in children.
2. To find out the association between the level of knowledge of parents regarding Childhood Specific Learning Disabilities in children and selected demographic variables.
Methods: An evaluatory approach with Structured Knowledge Questionnaire was used for the study. The sample consisted of 100 parents selected by using convenient sampling technique.
Results: The result of this study in general showed good level of knowledge among parents regarding Childhood Specific Learning Disabilities. The mean level of knowledge score was 11.08. There was no association between level of knowledge of parents and the selected demographic variables.
Interpretation and conclusion: The findings of the study have shown that the level of knowledge of parents regarding Childhood Specific Learning Disabilities is good after assessing the given Structured Knowledge Questionnaire. However, there was no significant association between the level of knowledge score and the selected demographic variables.

Key words: Parents, knowledge and Childhood Specific Learning Disabilities.



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