Math instruction for students with LD: Guide for teachers

This guide for teachers is a companion piece to a meta-analysis that identified 7 effective instructional practices for teaching mathematics to K-12 students with LD. The guide describes these practices and specifies research-based recommendations for students with LD and for students who are experiencing difficulties in learning mathematics but are not identified as having a math learning disability. From the Center on Instruction. (posted July … [Read more...]

A Back-to-School Basic: Your Parent Training & Info Center

by Connie Hawkins, LD Professionals © 2012 The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. For more information, visit I find it slightly amusing to be invited to write an “expert” blog. It has been more than 30 years since a psychologist put labels on the concerns I had about my son, and I vividly remember the strong emotions that experience triggered in me. That day my vision for … [Read more...]

Assistive technology for students with LD

This article from LDonline gives an overview of assistive technology that's helpful to students with learning disabilities. (posted September 7, 2012) … [Read more...]

50 best iPad apps for users with reading disabilities

Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator who works with these students on a daily basis, you've probably heard that the iPad offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of beginning readers and students with reading disabilities alike. This article highlights a few of the apps that can help students with a reading disability work through their disability and improve their skills in reading, writing, … [Read more...]

Learning disabilities FAQ

This multi-part series of information and guidance comes from PBS. Section by section, you can learn the basics of LD, what types of LD there are and how they affect a student's school work and learning, and how to manage LD. Assistive technology, communication strategies, and teaching strategies are also covered. Additional sections emphasize special education, IEPs, and inclusive education. An excellent, comprehensive resource! (posted January 4, … [Read more...]

Auditory processing disorders: By age group

This resource page quickly lists main characteristics and facts about auditory processing disorders, then lists symptoms at various age groups (early childhood, school-aged, teens and adults) that may indicate this disorder. As the National Center for Learning Disabilities states, "Many people experience problems with learning and behavior from time to time, but if a person consistently displays difficulties with these tasks over time, testing for … [Read more...]

Auditory processing disorder in children

Find out the symptoms of auditory processing disorder, how it's diagnosed, how it's treated, and who's likely to be involved. From Great Schools. (posted January 11, 2013)  … [Read more...]

50 questions about LD

This e-book from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is filled with answers to common LD questions. Topics include: how to deal with the “LD” label, RTI and working with your child’s school, the emotional impact of learning disabilities at school and home, preparing teens for college and work, and related issues like AD/HD and giftedness.  The e-book is listed on the page linked below. You'll have to register to receive the e-book, … [Read more...]

Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis of Instructional Components

Author of this structured abstract: Kyrie Dragoo, NICHCY January 2013 PDF version ____________________________ NICHCY Structured Abstract 84 describes the following research synthesis: Title Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis of Instructional Components Authors Gersten, R., Chard, D. J., Jayanthi, M., Baker, S. K., Morphy, P., &  Flojo, J. Source Review of Educational Research, … [Read more...]

The use of RTI to identify students with LD: Review of the research

In the Use of RTI to Identify Students with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Research, Drs. Doug Dexter and Charles Hughes present the regularly stated criticisms of the current LD identification methods and review the latest research on the impact of RTI as a method for LD identification. They explore whether that research addresses the concerns and criticisms its proponents have about the use of the IQ discrepancy method or if additional research … [Read more...]

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