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  • 0:34 Learning Disabilities
  • 2:10 Instructional Strategies
  • 2:59 Strategies for Student Success
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
All students need strategies to find success in math, including those with learning disabilities. What kind of strategies work best? Read on to find out.

Math Strategies

All learning requires strategy. Because math works with both the concrete and abstract, specific tactics may be necessary for understanding and succeeding in a math classroom. Math strategies are methods used to solve problems in math. Students sometimes come about these naturally, but many are taught by teachers. For some students, such as those with special needs, specific strategies are necessary. Let's take a look at what learning disabilities are and how strategies may be different for those students.

Learning Disabilities

What type of learner are you? Do you take information easily from lectures, or do you need to get your hands moving to make sense of how things work? People learn in many ways. Teachers use different instructional practices in an effort to reach all learners. Sometimes traditional instruction poses a challenge to students. They can be diagnosed with a learning disability, which is a broad term used to identify those who struggle with learning at the level of their peers. A learning disability does not include a physical handicap. Children with learning disabilities do not necessarily have lower IQ scores or cognitive ability. Their brains are wired differently and require instruction in reading, writing, math, and other subjects to be nontraditional.

Common learning disabilities include:

  • Dyslexia, a reading disability based in language
  • Dyscalculia, a mathematical disability based on number sense
  • Auditory or visual processing disorders, sensory disabilities that make hearing or seeing difficult even though there are no physical issues with either.

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