These two questions must be asked simultaneously. There are “indicators” of potential learning disabilities. On the other hand, all children are unique, differing from one another intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Given this uniqueness, however, most students learn in regular classrooms and are taught successfully with traditional methods of instruction.
For teens with a chronic illness or disability, adolescence is a combination of a special developmental period and a difficult set of challenges. Adolescence is a unique developmental time characterized by emerging independence, rapid cognitive and physical growth, and the development of an identity. Peer relationships develop a special significance during adolescence. Chronic illness and disability impose physical limitations, often require repeat medical visits, and can involve complex medical treatments.