Counseling and learning abilities among special needs students in Kampala District

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The purpose of the study was to investigate the impact of counseling on learning abilities among special needs students. This was guided the specific objectives that included 1 )to find out the significant relationship between counseling and learning abilities 2)to determine the levels of counseling among special needs students 3)to examine the levels of learning abilities and 4)to explore the types of learning disabilities. The study employed qualitative approach method in collecting data and a sample of 80 respondents were selected. From the findings ,it was revealed that orthographic dyslexia seems to b the leading form of learning disabilities at Kampala international university, majority of the respondents 30(37%) reported medical factors a the leading cause of learning disabilities among learner, 75% agreed that counseling impacts learning disabilities. They argued that counselors can serve a variety of students with special needs, assisting students who are gifted and talented, migrant students, and students with learning disabilities, majority of the respondents suggested individual counseling as the type of counseling they would prefer with 50(62.5%). The study recommended that Parents should be sensitized about the positive impact on counseling on learning disabilities for example the community leaders like social workers, counselors, psychologists should organize meetings in the communities and teach the parents the dangers of abandoning counseling services to a child with learning disabilities like school dropout. Kampala international university should also recruit experienced counselors to help special needs students. Most special needs students need counseling but they find no one to talk to. The government should set design the education policies that favor special needs students, Parents should however always nurture their children in proper ways like giving them the required basic needs like clothes, food shelter to avoid medical complications
A dissertation submitted to the college of humanities and management sciences for the partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of Bachelor Degree in Guidance and Counseling in Kampala International University
Counseling, learning abilities, special needs, Kampala District