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Basics for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities - Chapter Summary
Your progression through this chapter will include thorough text and video lessons about the definition and characteristics of learning disabilities. Brief multiple-choice quizzes will provide you with excellent ways to see how much you remember about how to identify a child who has a learning disability and how to teach them. Vocabulary words associated with the specific behaviors and attention issues of students with learning disabilities will give you another way of remembering the most important terms.
You can take chapter and final exams to measure your understanding of the speech and language signs and memory issues of learning disabilities. These mobile-friendly resources will make you aware of the numerous organizations that provide support for professionals in special education and ways to increase parental involvement for students who have learning disabilities.
How It Helps
- Provides strong indicators: Your knowledge of the ways to identify a learning disability in your students will help you rule out other disabilities.
- Dissects behavior: Because you will be aware of the types of behaviors that indicate a student has a learning disability, you will be able to know if they have a learning disability and develop teaching methods to help them.
- Encourages collaboration : Your learning of the proper ways to include parents in the process of helping students with learning disabilities will help you better develop your curriculum to fit the collaboration.
By the end of the chapter, you will be able to:
- Distinguish between a student who has a learning disability from one with other disabilities
- Recognize when a student has a learning disability
- Develop your curriculum to address the distinguishing factors involved in learning disabilities
- Analyze the behavior of students who seem to be misbehaving for other reasons
- Create ways to manage students that have attention, speech, memory and language issues
- Locate professional organizations that will provide you with additional support to handle instructing students with learning disabilities
- Work with parents to find individualized solutions for their student's learning
1. What Is a Learning Disability in Children? - Definition, Types & Characteristics
In this lesson, you'll learn to define learning disabilities in general, as well as learn about specific characteristics of the various types of learning disabilities. Following completion of this lesson, you'll have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.
2. Learning Disabilities: How to Identify Children with a Learning Disability
Identifying children with a learning disability can be tricky because it can be confused with a lack of interest in a school subject. In this lesson, we will look at how learning disabilities can be identified and the three most common learning disabilities: dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyslexia.
3. Distinguishing Factors of Learning Disabilities
How can teachers identify learning disabilities in students? Are there specific signs to look for? This lesson will discuss the distinguishing factors of learning disabilities.
4. Behavioral Indicators of Learning Disabilities
Many learning disabilities are accompanied by undesirable behaviors that can signal a problem. This lesson will explore the behavioral indicators of learning disabilities and will end with a short quiz.
5. Attention Problems in Students with Learning Disabilities
Most teachers have an idea of what it's like to work with students with attention problems. These children seem to struggle with class routines, completing assignments, and getting along with peers. What some teachers may not realize, is that many of these children may also have a learning disability that requires strategic intervention. This lesson discusses some of the attention difficulties of students with undetected learning disabilities.
6. Signs of Learning Disabilities: Speech & Language Impairment
At times, children can experience issues in speech and language. Often these issues are developmental, but sometimes they can be serious. In this lesson, we will be discussing speech and language impairments and how these issues can often result in learning disorders.
7. Memory Difficulties in Students with Learning Disabilities
There are three types of memory that are essential to process information: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. In this lesson, we will define the three memory types and discuss their effects on learning.
8. Professional Organizations for Special Education Teachers
Special education teachers fill important roles in the education system. This lesson will examine some professional organizations that aid special education teachers. We will end with a short quiz.
9. Parental & Community Involvement for Students with Learning Disabilities
Parent and community involvement can make a big difference for all students, but it is especially important for those who struggle. This lesson follows Mrs. Baxter, the principal of fictional Park Elementary School, and explains how parental and community involvement can help students with learning disabilities.
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