Overview of School Performance Problems

  • Glen P. Aylward
Part of the Critical Issues in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics book series (CIDB)


The second most frequent behavioral problem encountered by primary-health-care professionals is the child who presents with impaired learning or school achievement. It has been estimated that at least 20% of school-aged children have difficulty maintaining age-appropriate academic performance. When a young patient presents with school problems, the primary-care physician should consider difficulties in five potential areas: (1) intelligence, (2) academic achievement, (3) attention/concentration, (4) perceptual (visual—motor) function, and (5) behavioral. Two major contributors to poor academic achievement are learning disabilities (LDs) and mental retardation (MR).


Mental Retardation Academic Achievement Learning Disability Learn Disability Specific Learning Disability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen P. Aylward
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  1. 1.Southern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA

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