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The Case of the Child Who Does not Participate in the Classroom

What are the main reasons why a child may not participate in class?
If a child does not react in class, this does not mean that he does not understand the explanation. There are many reasons why she/ he might not participate in the classroom:

  • Shyness: Children who have a shy personality avoid sharing or answering a question for fear that other students might laugh at them. They prefer to stay calm because they are afraid to give a wrong answer.
  • Learning difficulties: The child may find it difficult to copy correctly from the board or to read like his colleagues. These children feel they are different and they feel ashamed because they need different strategies to remember information.
  • Social anxiety: Some children cannot speak in front of others even if they speak fluently at home. They feel embarrassed and unable to speak to many people because of fear of social attitudes that require interaction with others.
  • Tension in relations between family members, especially between parents; or tension between parents and of the children. It is very important that children are raised in an atmosphere where parents are good listeners. A child who does not get attention and understanding from his or her parents, is affected emotionally and might become introvert.
The Difference between Learning Disabilities and Learning Disorders

Children with learning disabilities decline academically for several reasons, such as:

  • Weakness at the sensory level (impaired vision or hearing),
    Serious behavioral, psychological, or emotional problems,
  • Frequent absence from school,
  • Instructions of the teacher is unclear,
  • etc.

These children have the ability to achieve age-appropriate levels when they are provided with programs that include appropriate support and evidence-based education.

Children with learning disorders face unforeseen and persistent difficulties in specific areas of learning due to underlying neurodevelopmental disorder, whose origins include the inter-influence between genetic, cognitive and environmental factors.


Useful references

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Sutherland, A. (2014). How parental conflicts hurt kids. Retrieved from:

Social anxiety. (n.d.). Retrieved from:

Learning disabilities and disorders. (n.d.).

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