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Avaliação Psicológica

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OAKLAND, Thomas. Learning disabilities internationally and in Brazil: issues to consider in developing services for brazilian students with learning disabilities. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2004, vol.3, n.2, pp. 115-120. ISSN 1677-0471.

Brazilian students with learning disabilities (LD) generally are not identified or receive special education services. However, a desire to better serve them has been evident. The purpose of this article is to discuss issues pertaining to the development of LD services for Brazilian students. An international context for understanding LD is presented. LD may constitute the plurality, even majority, of education-related disorders among students. However, students with LD often remain invisible because most countries do not provide services for them. Additionally, tests and other assessment methods used to assess LD are not available universally and, among those countries that have such tests, their use differs considerable. Six international authoritative sources that offer diagnostic criteria are identified. The status of LD in the United States is reviewed. Diagnostic and intervention model are discussed. Suggestions for developing services for students with LD, supported by tests and other assessment methods in Brazil, are offered.

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