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In the school environment written language is an integral part of school success and influences literacy and learning. Children who experience motor based language and learning difficult may be at risk for school failure.

Research has shown that children's motor and language competence has been found to influence self-esteem, social adjustment, and academic performance. The high co-morbidity rates of motor, learning and languages disorders have led researcher to suggest a possible common underling processing mechanism to these disorders.

A greater understanding of these underlying mechanisms could prove valuable to early accurate identification of these children and contribute to the development of effective interventions. This would lead to a significant reduction in the cost to school health services and reduce the secondary health problems that are associated with them.

It is expected that the results of this investigation will identify areas of common ability and abilities, which clearly distinguish children with motor, learning and languages disorders. Because the mechanisms underlying these disorders currently are not well understood, the results of this study will make an extremely valuable contribution to the current knowledge and will facilitate prediction of the co-morbidity for which these children are at risk. This study will enable refinement of a set of measures that optimally diagnose these problems, leading to early identification and preventative intervention.

Further, if a set of information processing tasks are found to discriminate among normal children, children with motor, language and learning difficulties, it would be feasible to refine the tasks and create a computer administered battery which could be marketed for use in diagnosis. Although computer administered batteries are desirable because of their ease of administration, standardization of procedures, and quick and accurate scoring, at present, no such battery of tests exists.

Therefore, creation of a diagnostic computer administered battery is highly desirable.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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