INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT DISORDER
An INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT DISORDER (IDD) is usually first observed as early developmental delay and then later, as learning difficulty, which become more obvious early in primary school.
Children with IDD can learn by repetition; long-term memory is often one of their personal strengths. They need more time to understand and apply the concepts. Be very patient!
Children with IDD usually have difficulty generalizing or identifying the solution to a problem using previously acquired knowledge in a similar setting.
Faced with new situations, they need practical explanations.
These children usually need more help from adults as compared with their peers
More frequently, they need to be
- reminded of the tasks to be preformed,
- provided with additional explanations,
- and simple instructions.
These children also need to receive more assistance than their peers.
Their judgement is often less mature leading them to ignore or misunderstand situations that could possibly place them in danger: trusting too easily, or being abused, or manipulated, but also not knowing how to defend themselves, or exit these dangerous situations.
‘I need more time to understand and digest information. I may find it difficult to keep up with other students in class.
More complex concepts require more effort to fully understand. I also have difficulty remembering information I’ve learned previously, as it has to be repeated many times.
Sometimes I can feel discouraged because I don’t succeed as easily as my classmates, but I always try to do my best and keep progressing.’