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  • Elli Weisbaum, BFA, MES is a Toronto-based mindfulness practitioner and teacher

WEBINAR RECORDING: Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators, Classrooms and School Communities

This webinar explored the emerging field of mindfulness in education, providing participants with a foundational understanding of what mindfulness is and why it has become an increasingly accepted and popular resource for teachers and students, in Ontario and around the world, to increase well-being and self-regulation, and combat issues such as burn-out, anxiety, and stress.

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VIDEO: Building Reading Skills Through Assistive Technology

This video discusses the role that assistive technology can play in helping students with LDs remediate their reading skills as well as compensate for areas of weakness. Reading is a difficult task that does not come naturally to humans; it draws on many different cognitive processes at the same time including: decoding words, understanding meaning, creating mental pictures, making inferences and many more.

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: Literacy, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Google Docs, Apps and Add-ons for Students with LDs

What are Google Docs, Apps and Add-ons and why should my students with LDs use them? Let’s start with a review of both differentiated instruction (DI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to answer that question.

By |August 30th, 2016|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

VIDEO: Building self-advocates: a key to student success

Click here to view the transcript of this video. This video discusses the importance of helping students, especially those with LDs, become strong self-advocates. In order for students to successfully speak on their own behalf and advocate for their learning, they must first understand their own strengths, to develop confidence and a sense of identity. [...]

Elementary to Secondary: Transition Planning for Students with LDs

The transition from elementary to secondary school is generally considered to be one of the most challenging for adolescents, both with and without LDs. This practice-informed summary focuses on the key considerations and steps to support a successful transition from elementary school to secondary school for students with LDs.

By |July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Transitions|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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How are LDs in mathematics typically diagnosed?

Like in reading, a disorder in mathematics is not a heterogeneous condition. Some individuals with mathematical LDs may have good conceptual understanding of mathematics but poor calculation ability (e.g., they may answer 2 x 5 = 25 or not be able to borrow). Other students may be great with math calculations but have poor conceptual understanding. Another student may not understand the vocabulary used in a word problem.

By |July 6th, 2016|Categories: IEPs, Math|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Effective Parent-Teacher Partnerships: Considerations for Educators

Educators and parents generally agree that positive, supportive and open relationships between home and school, parent and teacher are desirable. Additionally, research has shown that parent engagement and successful parent-teacher partnerships result in improved educational outcomes for students (Ministry of Education, 2010), and this is especially important for students with learning disabilities (LDs). So what can educators and administrators do to help facilitate a positive partnership?

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How can technology be used to help students with spelling difficulties to edit their writing?

I often get asked the question, “what is the best spelling tool?”. My answer to this is, “when supporting a learning disability, you need to support beyond the spelling, and support the writing”. So what we really are looking for are great writing tools. Writing is broken into a few stages, Planning, Composing, Editing, and Adding. Let’s consider spelling within the editing stage.

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What does a student need to know about learning disabilities in order to be a self-advocate?

In order to be a self-advocate, students who have learning disabilities (LDs) need to first understand how their LDs affect their learning. When students are diagnosed with LDs, parents, teachers, special education teachers and child psychologists may not always explain to the student how their LDs affect their learning and students are left in the dark.

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: Self-Advocacy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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What should I do to ensure a successful meeting with parents of my students with LDs?

Collaboration between the educator and parents is an essential ingredient to student success. Parents are a valuable source of information about their child and the way in which learning disabilities (LDs) affect their child outside of school.