Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively, developed by the National Centre for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Institute of Educational Sciences, is a practical guide for educators working with students between grades 6 and 12. The guide was compiled by an expert panel, with the goal of offering educators specific, evidence-based recommendations to [...]
The transition from elementary to secondary school is generally considered to be one of the most challenging for adolescents, both with and without LDs. This practice-informed summary focuses on the key considerations and steps to support a successful transition from elementary school to secondary school for students with LDs.
By Diane Wagner, BA, Grad. Dip. Child Study, LD@school LD Expert The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO) is represented in local Ontario communities by 15 LDA chapters. Chapters vary from small volunteer-run groups to chapters with several staff and more than one location. Each chapter has its own board of directors and supports representatives [...]
by Cindy Perras, M.Ed., OCT. Educational Consultant, LDAO Components of Post-Secondary Transition Planning for Students with LDs 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 [...]
Educational technology and mobile learning is advancing at a lightening-fast pace and this is reflected in Ontario classrooms; however, research to support these new technologies is not keeping pace or has not yet taken place. How can we, as teachers, hope to keep up with technology while ensuring that we use tools that are proven [...]
Effective transition planning is important. Individualized transition plans that reflect a student’s strengths and needs provide the foundation for successful transitional experiences that support the building of student resiliency.
Using Apple Technology to Support Learning for Students with Sensory and Learning Disabilities describes some features of Apple's technology which will help students with learning disabilities access the curriculum. This can be particularly useful knowledge for a student who has access to their own personal Apple technology, as it can allow them to use the same [...]
Prepared by Cindy Perras, M.Ed., OCT Educational Consultant, LDAO In general, the literature that discusses both mental health and learning disabilities (LDs) finds that those with LDs are at increased risk for mental health problems. According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, 1 in 5 of children and youth under the age of 19 in Ontario has [...]
by Cindy Perras, M.Ed., OCT, Educational Consultant, LDAO Overview The Integra Program is a program of the Child Development Institute. It is an accredited Toronto-based children’s mental health agency, dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities (LDs). A registered charitable organization, Integra serves as [...]
ADHD and learning disabilities (LDs) are not the same thing, although there are similarities. ADHD can impact learning and behaviour and according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), approximately one-third of individuals with LDs have ADHD too, which causes confusion for teachers, parents and students. Both ADHD and LDs are neurological disorders affecting how the brain receives and processes information; however, with respect to treatment, ADHD is often treated with medication and therapy, and LDs with educational and behavioural approaches.