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Children who suffer from physical disabilities often suffer some cognitive developmental delay as a result of not seeing or hearing correctly. Some children who have other physical disabilities might have problems with holding pencils or using computers. Thus, they are not able to learn in the same way as normally developing children. What strategies can be used to help these children to develop their reading, writing, and thinking skills?

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(1) Children who suffer from physical disabilities often suffer some cognitive developmental delay as a result of not seeing or hearing correctly. Some children who have other physical disabilities might have problems with holding pencils or using computers. Thus, they are not able to learn in the same way as normally developing children.

Research in the latter half of the century shows that many children who fail academically suffer from attentional problems, processing disorders, and working memory (Chilosi, Comparini, Alessandro; Scusa, Berrettini, Forli et al (2010).According to Chilosi et al, other children who fail have "sensory deficits in both peripheral and visual acuity failing children have been found to have sensory deficits, both peripheral, as in visual acuity...or auditory sensitivity" (p. 856). An explanation proposed for these disorder and the academic failures associated with them place children at the risk for reading, and these disorders are not recognized until the children have failed academically (Watson, Kidd, Horner, Douglas, Connell, Lowther et al., 2003). According to Watson et al, despite some early evidence in the research literature that point to these deficits as contributing to academic difficulties, the achievement or reading skills have remained low.

(2) What strategies can be used to help these children to develop their reading, writing, and thinking skills?

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