Students with learning disabilities (LDs) are more likely to experience anxiety than their peers without LDs (Nelson & Harwood, 2010). However, the presence of a learning disability may complicate the identification of an anxiety disorder. In addition, intervention approaches and classroom strategies need to take into account both the LD profile and the anxiety symptoms. In this advanced level webinar, we will review subtypes of anxiety disorders to understand what they may look like in a school setting. We will share practical strategies for supporting the student with LDs and anxiety, reflecting challenging issues such as school refusal, selective mutism, social anxiety, and obsessive- compulsive disorder, for example.
Understanding Learning Disabilities: How Processing Affects Mathematics Learning, developed by the York Region District School Board, is a Companion Resource to the Understanding Learning Disabilities Waterfall Chart. Referred to as the “math waterfall chart”, this comprehensive resource is designed for educators to support students with learning disabilities in the area of mathematics, from kindergarten to [...]
Webinar Recording: Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in the Differentiated Literacy Classroom
Terri Anne Jackson, M.Sc. (Inclusive Education), Ed.D. (Educational Leadership, 2019) Click here to access the transcript of this webinar. As classrooms continue to become increasingly diverse, the role of the classroom teacher becomes increasingly complex. Trying to meet the needs of all learners, including those with learning disabilities, often leaves teachers feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. [...]
Social competence requires more than just social skills; it is a complex and interconnected set of skills that enables us to navigate social interactions and initiate and maintain relationships with others.
The decision tree below is a tool offering educators (grades 1 through 12) a roadmap to identifying issues and solutions when a student demonstrates difficulty learning. It is based on a series of five questions that educators can ask themselves in order to identify the difficulty observed in the student. Depending on the answer to [...]
Neurodiversity is a term that refers to the range of neurological differences that occur in the brain as a result of natural variations in the human genome; these neurological differences include attention deficit hyperactive disorder, autism, learning disabilities and dyslexia. Neurodiversity overthrows ableist beliefs and practices that may marginalize students with learning disabilities in the classroom and school community, and embraces the strengths and abilities of individuals with neurological differences, while acknowledging the inherent and associated challenges.
How do I Develop an Effective IEP to support Math Learning for a Student with a Learning Disability?
For a student with a learning disability, the goal of an IEP is to maximize the student’s ability to access the curriculum. Now, what do we know about students with a learning disability? We know they are smart; that they have average to above average intellectual abilities. We also know they will have needs in their ability to learn and that these needs will require accommodations to facilitate success.
One of the challenges for educators in mathematics is to help students transfer their mathematical understanding from concrete to representational and then to abstract concepts. To support this process, three types of technological tools may prove effective.
Writing is one of the most complex tasks for all students, and particularly for students with LDs. In this section of the module, we will consider four stages of the writing process (planning, composing, revising, and sharing) and technological tools that prove effective at each stage. For each stage, educators may select different technological tools depending on the learning objectives targeted.
The act of reading draws on many different processes simultaneously. A reader must decode words, know what they mean, understand words when they are strung together in sentences, understand the use of pronouns, make connections between ideas using relationship markers, create mental pictures, make inferences, sum up information, and so forth. The right technological tools can make a significant difference to students who struggle with reading.