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



© 2006 | 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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