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Understanding Learning Disabilities: How Processing Affects Mathematics Learning

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 [...]

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Beyond Social Skills: Understanding and Supporting Social Competence in Students with LDs

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.

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Webinar Recording: Growth Mindset: Putting Positive Thinking into Practice

For educators, setting the stage for a successful school year begins with practicing and applying a growth mindset in your daily approach. Students with learning disabilities (LDs) can struggle with negative self-image, poor self-esteem and a lack of resilience; these students may have a “fixed mindset”. A growth mindset has been shown to increase positive learning outcomes for students with LDs, and educators can impact their students’ well-being and achievement by modelling a growth mindset for learning. This webinar will provide educators with an understanding of the relationship between growth mindset and achievement, as well as resources and strategies for supporting students with LDs.

Visual Strategies for Organization and Planning

The goal of this video is to show educators how using visual structure and supports can improve organization and planning in our students.

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LDMH: A Handbook on Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

The Integra Program by the Child Development Institute is the only accredited children’s mental health agency in Canada to specialize in providing mental health services exclusively to children, youth and families with learning disabilities.  LDMH: A Handbook on Learning Disabilities and Mental Health is a resource developed by Integra Program staff as part of their [...]

Metacognition and Assistive Technology

Metacognition is a process that relates to the knowledge that we have of our own strategies and the control that we are able to exert over these strategies in order to solve problems more efficiently. Metacognition is a high-level executive function that draws on our ability to reflect on what we know in order to understand how we function and assess our approach to learning. It is one of the best predictors of school success (Dévolvé, 2005).

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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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Designing Accessible Classroom Websites

Do you have your own classroom website, or do educators in your school have their own websites? When these websites are designed, is there thought being applied to those students who may have accessibility challenges? Students with learning disabilities (LDs) are not the only students who may have difficulty accessing online content, so it is good practice to design with accessibility in mind. The LD@school team has put together some background information on why designing accessible classroom websites is important, as well as some simple steps educators can take to ensure they are designing websites that can be easily navigated by everyone.

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Choosing Appropriate Assistive Technology for Students with ADHD

Without appropriate accommodations, students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may find themselves at a disadvantage. If these students are then asked to “try harder”, despite making an effort that may already be above and beyond what is expected or necessary for their peers, they may develop anxiety and low self-esteem related to their difficulty in learning.

  • 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.