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How do I support intermediate and senior students struggling with working memory in math problem solving?

One challenge that may arise for students is working with symbolic representations. Students with working memory difficulties continually have to make sense of symbols, and may forget where they are in a procedure. Using manipulatives, graphic organizers, or pictorial representations can reduce this strain on their working memory, as these tools may allow students to draw on their strengths to represent their thinking.

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Math|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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How does one differentiate between mild, moderate, and severe LDs?

How does one differentiate between mild, moderate, and severe LDs? How can I tailor my interventions/strategies to the needs of students with differing degrees of learning disabilities? Answered by Dr. Maria Kokai M.A., PhD., C.Psyc., Chief Psychologist with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. According to the definition, learning disabilities are due to genetic, congenital [...]

By |April 4th, 2017|Categories: IEPs|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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Has there been any research exploring the effects of Mindfulness on adolescents with LDs?

Approaches drawing on mindfulness have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Research in school settings, specifically relating to students with LDs, is still only in the beginning stages, but the results available to date are promising.

By |March 15th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Well-Being|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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Are Number Talks an Effective Strategy for Students with LDs?

Number Talks are short conversations about math problems intended to help students, including those with LDs, consolidate their understanding of concepts.

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Math|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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How can educators help students be empathetic towards students with learning disabilities?

Help students be empathetic towards students with learning disabilities Meta-description: Start by modelling empathy and understanding. Students want to succeed and if they aren’t doing well it is often because something is getting in the way.

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How can mindfulness help students deal with feelings of anxiety?

In high school, we are seeing more and more students voice concerns about anxiety around oral presentations. They often choose to take a zero on the assignment rather than do the presentation.  How can mindfulness strategies help our students who are experiencing these anxieties around presentations? LDs and Anxiety To begin, it is useful to [...]

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How can I adapt my assessments to better meet the needs of my students with LDs?

This article addresses accommodations and how to adapt assessment to respond to the strengths and needs of students with learning disabilities.

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Assessment & Evaluations, IEPs|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Assessments and Assistive Technology

When an assessment from a qualified professional recommends the use of assistive technology for a student with a learning disability, the assistive technology must be included in the student’s IEP and educators have a legal obligation to make these tools available to the student.

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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
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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.