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Learners with exceptionalities are students who have special educational needs in relation to societal or school norms An inability to perform appropriate academic tasks for any reason inherent in the learner makes that learner exceptional Slavin 2000 About ten percent of students in the United States receive special education and there are many different types of learners with exceptionalities including learning disabilities Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder mental retardation and gifted students A handicap is defined as a condition or barrier imposed by the environment or the self and a disability is a functional limitation that interferes with a persons mental physical or sensory abilities Slavin 2000 All of these students have parents of some type and it is their teachers job to involve their parents in the education process Some parents will be very easy to work with while others will impose challenges Suggestions for doing something for the gifted child generally fall along one of three lines acceleration enrichment and grouping Acceleration allows the gifted to combine two or three years into one or to enter the first grade a little earlier Studies have shown that students entered into first grade earlier than normal did as well as their older classmates and suffered no ill effect from early admission The acceleration of gifted students does not harm them personally socially or academically Mouly 1968 Parents sometimes must be convinced of this though and are concerned about how their child is progressing They may want you to send them grade reports more frequently or even want you to send their child home with extra home work Others may not really know what to do to help their child more than likely the gifted child is more intelligent than the parents and you will need to contact them to make sure they are encouraging the child Parents play an important role in an exceptional childs life and must inform teachers of their special conditions since no
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