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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.

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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.

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How can I prepare my students with LDs to transition to post-secondary education? Where can students with LDs find support after secondary school?

As students move through their secondary school years and the focus sharpens on what their options may be after secondary school, it is important to note that there are numerous paths to consider and that the pathways may not be linear nor mutually exclusive. For secondary students with LDs, the transition pathways may include:

By |April 6th, 2016|Categories: Transitions|Tags: , |0 Comments
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What strategies can be used for teaching reading and writing to intermediate age students with LDs?

Learning disabilities (LDs) manifest in a number of different ways and with varying degrees of severity. For this reason, the following five tips may not apply to all students with LDs, however, they will have a positive impact on reading and writing acquisition for the majority of students.

By |March 24th, 2016|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , |0 Comments