Every child, no matter how far behind, is on a developmental path hard-wired for growth and learning. Using strength-based language doesn’t mean ignoring or sugar-coating weaknesses. It means keeping the focus on student growth.
As it stands, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to adopt criteria for the identification of specific learning disabilities (SLD). What you may not realize, however, is that within these IDEA regulations, there is still plenty of room for debate.