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Helping Students Understand Their Learning Disabilities

When students "own" their learning strengths and weaknesses, they can do a better job of learning academic skills. A meeting in which the learning disability is discussed can be helpful. Students can get the facts about their learning disabilities, decode all the medical terms they might have heard, and begin to understand the challenges and opportunities of being a kid with LD.

What's New

New Partnership: Bringing Landmark School Outreach Program Resources to LD OnLine

Teachers at the renowned Landmark School ó for children with language-based learning disabilities ó will be providing LD OnLine users with classroom-tested and immediately useful strategies to meet diverse studentsí needs. Twice a month we'll be posting a new resource from the Landmark School Outreach Program. Check out this article from Kristine Burgess, Reading Department Head, Landmark High School: Understanding and Addressing Processing Speed Deficits in the Classroom.

Self-Questioning to Support Reading Comprehension

Proficient readers typically engage with a text by asking themselves questions as they read: Who is speaking? Why did the author choose this example? What's important here? Do I understand what I am reading? In contrast, struggling readers, and those with disabilities, are not likely to pose these questions. Learn about before, during and after reading strategies that work, as well as ideas for embedding technology supports.

Today's News

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Today's Blog

"Aiming for Access" with June Behrmann

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More Highlights

Summarizing to Understand Text

Summarizing is one of the most challenging skills for students to master, especially those with learning disabilities. Consider differentiated ways to describe and model summarizing to engage the widest range of learners. Help readers to understand the purpose of summaries and learn how to identify the main ideas and key details in a text. Use technology to support struggling writers in crafting summaries by encouraging them to present their ideas in different ways.

Personal Stories: A Manís Reach Should Exceed His Grasp, by Henry Winkler

So as Iím reading the narration into a tape recorder, it started to dawn on me. Iím not lazy. Iím not stupid. Iím dyslexic... Iím 42 years old, and Iím very proud to say that my self image is here! Itís around my collarbone: for a long time it was around my ankles and I spent a lot of time pulling it up. That was at a time when I was known as lazy and not living up to my potential.

Students Who Learn Best with Audiobooks Are Not Cheating!

Access to the curriculum with audiobooks or other alternatives to print, in turn, keeps students on grade, helps them meet their individualized goals and objectives, and keeps their social-emotional development about learning in a best way on track. Revisit the Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) portion of each student's Individualized Education Program plan. Learn more about how audiobooks support kids with LD in this blog post from Aiming for Access.

Kids' Books: Stories About Kids Who Find Reading Hard

For some kids, reading isn't easy. They might have dyslexia, a learning disability, or just learn differently. Because it helps to know you're not alone, we've gathered together a list of recommended children's books for kids ages 3-12 that feature characters of different strengths and abilities who've found they don't read like everyone else.

Contributions From You

Snowboard Tricks

Today's Artist

Snowboard Tricks, by Sam B., age 12

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Today's First Person Essay

The light at the end of the tunnel is right before your eyes by Janet Williamson

A poem about ADHD by a mother & her two sons.

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