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Title of Product
About learning disabilities for teachers
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Name of Author(s)
Name of Producer
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Date of Production
Language of the review
Language of the product
Type of product
Web Site
Thematic Area
Students with learning difficulties
Target Group
Headmasters, Teachers
Description of Contents
The site is dedicated to the analysis of what every teacher can expect to find in the classroom when facing students with learning disabilities. Despite obstacles, recent research and information are provided telling us that we can teach these students how to learn. Teachers can put them into a position to compete. Specific strategies apply to specific learning disabilities, and many are outlined on the site. The reader also finds tips for working with children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The site includes the following items that are always articles related to the problem area:
1. Understanding Learning Disabilities and ADHD
• Encouraging Compliance and Managing Non-Compliance at School
• Websites on early childhood development
• Differentiated Instruction
• Learning Disabilities: Signs, Symptoms and Strategies
• Types of Learning Disabilities
• Symptoms of Learning Disabilities
• ADHD: Signs, Symptoms and Strategies
• Accommodations, Techniques and Aids For Learning
• Successful Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
• When learning is a problem
2. Teaching Reading
• Homework: Successful homework strategies for teachers
• Why Reading Is Not a Natural Process
• Reading Instruction: Tips for Teachers
• Reading Methods and Learning Disabilities
• Phonology
3. Social/Emotional Aspects of Learning Disabilities
• A Handicap With No Name
• Learning Despite Learning Disabilities
• A Letter to Grandma
• Counseling Students with Learning Disabilities
• Social Acceptance of Students with Learning Disabilities
• Social Adjustment Problems
• Learning the Language of Relationships
A special emphasis is put on the way differentiated instruction addresses individual learning needs and adjusts instruction to fit the skills and experience level of each student in a classroom. Students need choices as to how they will engage in classroom activities in order to be successful. They have to be excited and interested about the topics discussed in order to participate and make academic gains. Furthermore, connecting curriculum in the classroom with life happenings outside of the classroom makes learning meaningful. When students take ownership of their learning, they become involved, interactive, and take control by using their individual learning styles to access information, interpret material, and demonstrate what they have learned.
This site of the Learning Disabilities Association of America constitutes a very rich resource for teachers and headmasters, namely because it indicates a plethora of articles connected with the different dimensions of overcoming the problem of students with learning handicaps.
Specifically oriented for teachers and headmasters, they can easily access good scientific and pedagogical expertise on how to deal with the multidimensionality of this problem. A strong focus is put on individual achievement, individual progress, and individual learning to attain success, addressing the teacher’s role, benefits for students and what the parents need to know.
The transferability potential seems quite high for the contents address problems that are transversal to all educational systems, allowing teachers and headmasters to contact to an adequate and effective pedagogical tool.

20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.