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Oral Language Skills and Learning Disabilities: A Review for Educators  

Having impaired oral language skills can impact learning in all subject areas and thus have an enormous effect on school success. It is not surprising then, that children with a persistent problem learning language, known as Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), are at an increased risk of poorer academic and social performance.

Avoiding Working Memory Overload in Students with LDs

Students with working memory deficits will have to work much harder than their typically developing peers to learn and carry out classroom activities. The strategies outlined in this article can help to increase the efficiency and functioning of working memory to avoid overload.

Planning and Teaching with Explicit Instruction

Explicit instruction is an evidence-based practice for teaching students with learning disabilities (LDs). This means that a vast amount of research, conducted over many decades, support the use of this practice with students with LDs.

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Creative Problem Solving and Children with Learning Disabilities: A Hidden Potential

Recently, researchers and educators have explored an interesting idea – that there may be distinct advantages to having learning disabilities. Children with reading disabilities may be neurologically endowed to succeed with creative problem-solving tasks because of their reading disability.

An Introduction to Working Memory

What is Working Memory? Working memory refers to a brain system, or mental workspace, responsible for temporarily storing and manipulating information. It is different from short-term memory, where information is stored and recalled in the same format; for example, students can hold a set of numbers in short term memory, but in order to repeat [...]

By |January 27th, 2017|Categories: Executive Function|Tags: , |0 Comments
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WEBINAR RECORDING: Strengthening Executive Functioning Skills in the Classroom

Executive function is an umbrella term covering a number of management functions, including organization, self-regulation, planning, and self-monitoring. The presentation will focus on research-based instructional strategies and accommodations that contribute to the classroom success of students with executive function LDs. During the webinar, the speakers will define executive function, and identify the signs of executive functioning needs and their impact on academic and behavioural success. The presentation will also highlight the brain areas associated with executive function, the developmental progression of executive functioning, and how the environment can influence the development of the regulatory system in the brain, including how executive functioning skills are employed during times of stress.

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Dyslexia: When Hidden Talents are Awakened

Dyslexia, a specific learning disability, is more often investigated on the basis of its limitations than its strengths. The purpose of this article, which is primarily based on a survey of the scientific literature on the hidden potential of individuals with dyslexia, is to increase awareness amongst educators of the complexity of this disability and to offer a fair, even promising, representation of dyslexia. In so doing, it invites educators to reflect on their own perceptions of dyslexia.

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The Use of Assistive Technology at the Intermediate Level: Educators’ and Students’ Perceptions

In this review, the authors examine at the efficacy of assistive technology (AT) for intermediate level (grade 6-8) students with learning disabilities (LDs).[1] Additionally, the authors present a number of research findings and suggestions for implementing AT.

By |November 27th, 2015|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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Understanding Executive Function and Learning Disabilities

By Ian Matheson and Jeffrey MacCormack With the incredible demands we face as educators, it can be difficult to stay on top of research about our students. It seems like there is a new scientific term every year as we learn more and more about the human brain. Research in the cognitive and neurological sciences [...]

By |September 17th, 2015|Categories: Executive Function|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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Understanding Working Memory and Learning Disabilities

By Jeffrey MacCormack and Ian Matheson Click here to access the infographic. Even though we’ve known for some time that working memory and learning disabilities (LDs) are related, we still don’t fully understand their relationship. Working memory is our ability to store information temporarily while our brain is busy with a different task. We use [...]

By |September 17th, 2015|Categories: Executive Function|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments