A tough question but one that requires significant attention especially in todays educational environment. With the creative book keeping arising from increasing populous and funding cuts, specialists who would normally take on our 'tricky learners,' are few and far between. The days of saying "don't worry they will be picked up by Reading Recovery or RTLit" are over. Educators today need to be specialists across the board with a deep understanding of very specific learner needs. It requires a step back to analyse and formulate a plan beyond all plans. A plan that will conquer those learners...that for whatever reason, be it hearing, vision, language or even absenteeism are unable to assimilate or understand with the ease of their peers.