A review of definitions and identifications of specific learning disabilities in Malaysia and challenges in provision of services

Dzalani Harun, Khadijah Shamsuddin

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Abstract

This paper aims to highlight issues on differences in definitions and terminologies of specific learning disabilities used in Malaysia compared to those used in some other countries based on published and unpublished materials on learning disabilities/specific learning disabilities. In Malaysia, a broad generic definition of 'learning disabilities' is adopted and this approach post challenges in providing support and services for those with this disabilities. Lack of standardized and culturally sensitive measurements and the limited number of professionals with specialized training to deal with identification of those with specific learning disabilities are other challenges faced in this country. This paper advocates a review of the current definitions of specific learning disabilities to one that can better guide planning and provision of appropriate services to the target group in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities
Volume22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Defnition
  • Learning disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities

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