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Addressing Learning Disabilities and Difficulties
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Addressing Learning Disabilities and Difficulties
How to Reach and Teach Every Student

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November 2005 | 184 pages | Corwin

Help children with learning difficulties or learning disabilities excel in the general education classroom!

Help struggling students avert failure before it becomes chronic and destructive to their self-esteem and motivation! Drawing from the collective experience of professionals and parents who have successfully worked with students with learning disabilities and difficulties, and including the latest information from IDEA 2004 and NCLB, this revised edition of I Can Learn provides a wealth of best practices and policies specifically designed to help these students not only participate in but also excel in the general education classroom. Readers will discover:

  • Characteristics of specific learning and performance difficulties and disabilities
  • Strategies to improve learning skills such as listening comprehension, ability to pay attention, mathematical reasoning, and reading word recognition
  • Strategies to enhance spelling, verbal and written expression, test-taking, and appropriate social behavior
  • Information about the referral process, determination of eligibility for special services, and provision of services to students with specific learning disabilities
  • School practices that support the success of all students

This clear and concise reference offers educators and parents the support and tools they need to reduce special education referrals and help all students experience successful outcomes!  


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Editors
 
1. Introduction
Some Background of Difficulties With Children’s Learning and Performance

 
Complexity of Learning and Performance Difficulties

 
Basic Assumptions

 
Approaches to Children’s Difficulties in Learning and Performance

 
Uses, Benefits, and Limitations of Addressing Learning Disabilities and Difficulties

 
Parts I and II: Their Content and Purpose

 
Ways to Use This Handbook

 
Summary

 
 
Part I: Learning Difficulties and Teaching Strategies
 
2. Strategies to Improve Learning Skills
Listening Comprehension

 
Ability to Pay Attention

 
Organizational Skills

 
Retention and Retrieval of Material

 
Productivity

 
Mathematical Computations and Operations

 
Mathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving

 
Reading Word Recognition

 
Reading Comprehension

 
Summary

 
Intervention Plan

 
 
3. Strategies to Improve Performance Skills
Verbal Expression

 
Handwriting and Copying

 
Spelling

 
Written Expression

 
Test Taking

 
Appropriate Social Behavior

 
Summary

 
Intervention Plan

 
 
Part II: The Special Education Referral Process
 
4. Referral and Eligibility
Documentation of Adaptations

 
The Referral Process

 
The Evaluation Process

 
Parents’ Rights

 
Eligibility and Specific Learning Disabilities

 
Summary

 
 
5. The Individualized Education Program
Intent of the IEP

 
IEP Meeting

 
Content of the IEP Document

 
The Positive Behavioral Intervention Plan

 
Placement in Alternative Education Setting

 
Reviews and Reevaluations

 
Summary

 
 
6. Options for Service Delivery
Continuum of Program Options

 
Service Delivery Models

 
Strategies and Programs for School Sites

 
Summary

 
 
Afterword
 
Glossary
 
Resource A: Characteristics and Criteria for Identifying Students With Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Attentional Disorders, and Behavioral Problems
 
Resource B: Selected Internet Sites
 
Resource C: Agencies and Organizations
 
Selected References
 
Index

"This quick reference reflects 2004 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and recent developments for working with children and youth with learning disabilities and learning differences."
—From the Preface

From the Preface
Key features
  • Distinguishes learning difficulties from learning disabilities
  • General screening strategies for specific learning disabilities (so students can be referred to specialist for further testing)
  • Specific strategies to improve learning skills such as listening comprehension, attention span, retention and retrieval of material, mathematical reasoning, reading comprehension and more
  • Numerous strategies to improve performance skills such as verbal expression, spelling, test taking and more
  • Classroom management strategies for the inclusive classroom
  • Overview of referral and evaluation procedures
  • Components of a successful individualized education program (IEP)
  • Discussion of program options, service delivery models, and strategies and programs for school sites (such as peer tutoring, service learning and collaborative staff development)
  • Glossary of Special Education terms
  • Agencies, Organizations and Websites for further research

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction/Chapter 1


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