Mary Viera



Document Type



In this paper, I will analyze the various representations of learning disabilities in selected children’s literature from the early twentieth century to recent literature published in the last decade. In the typical American classroom specific learning disabilities account for about 20% of students. It is the largest classified group to receive services in special education, and also the broadest: “Learning disabilities are disorders that affect the ability to understand or use spoken or written language, do mathematical calculations, coordinate movements or direct attention” (NIH, 2022). I will use the term “learning differences” as it encompasses all children who learn differently from neurotypical students.


Elementary Education and English

Thesis Comittee

Dr. Kaitlin Lambert Donahue, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Kathleen Vejvoda, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Sheena Rancher, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Gregory R. Chaplin, Committee Member

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.