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Teaching and effective instruction for students with learning disabilities requires specialized knowledge in the areas of spoken language, reading, writing, and math. This section contains readings that reflect knowledge of best practices and evidence based instruction within each area.

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Selecting Assessments for Your School

There are over two dozen individually administered screening tools produced for the primary grades. Considering their subject matter and purpose, schools must decide which assessment best fits their needs. This article gives an overview of the screening tools and the kind of information they provide.

Self-Questioning to Support Reading Comprehension

September Thoughts: Reflections on a New School Year

As you prepare for the upcoming school year, read this article about what you need to do to get ready for the 'Saturday kids.' These children are competent and happy on weekends and vacations, but have a lot of difficulty in school. In this article written exclusively for LD OnLine, expert Rick Lavoie shares nine concepts to help you bring out their best side of these children in your class.

Setting the Table for Thinking and Memory

Social Promotion and Students with Disabilities

Spelling and Students with Learning Disabilities

Spelling difficulties can be enduring in individuals with reading disabilities, sometimes even after reading has been successfully remediated. Addressing spelling difficulties is important, because poor spelling can hamper writing and can convey a negative impression even when the content of the writing is excellent.

Strategies for Composition and Self-Regulation in the Writing Process

Strategies for Teaching Youth with ADD and ADHD

Strategies that promote success for students with ADD and ADHD are described including behavior management, modification, preparing your students to learn at the beginning of the lesson, keeping the students on task, making the lessons more interesting and homework.

Student Access to Division: An Alternative Perspective for Students With Learning Disabilities

Teachers and tutors: The Access Center offers a way you can teach math to students with varying learning styles. You can use the concepts in this article to plan almost any of your lessons. You or your students can manipulate objects, display, state, or write. Learn how to teach division to your students who do not yet know subtraction or multiplication using the "Interactive Unit."

Summarizing to Understand Text

Summer Learning for LD Students: Open Up this Virtual Beach Bag of Ideas!

LD OnLine packed a virtual beach bag of activities for you to use to get your students and their families ready or a summer of learning. Children with learning disabilities need you to provide ideas for activities that jumpstart their academics for next year

Summer Learning Loss: The Problem and Some Solutions

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Targeting Home-School Collaboration for Students with ADHD

Good communication between schools and parents is crucial for children with ADHD. In this article, there are many ideas to facilitate the home-school collaboration and help students succeed.

Teacher Response to Learning Disability: A Test of Attributional Principles

Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices

Enjoy this resource of practical and thorough strategies for instructing children with ADHD and other children requiring learning modifications. Read about instructional strategies on specific subjects and for various age groups.

Teaching Expressive Writing to Students with Learning Disabilities

Teaching History to Support Diverse Learners

What is the best way to engage students with learning disabilities in learning history when the curriculum requires them to think like a historian- analyzing multiple sources and evaluating media such as diary entries, images, songs, and political cartoons. This article tells you how to include them in "Doing History" without watering it down. An extensive resource list is included.

Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities: Perceptions of a First-Year Teacher

We report the perceptions of a first-year teacher of students with learning disabilities. The teacher describes her first-year challenges and successes; presents her views on assessment, accountability, and inclusion; and makes recommendations for new teachers entering the field. In addition, she suggests steps that teacher educators, school administrators, and experienced teachers can take to ensure the success of first-year teachers. We conclude with observations on teacher retention, first-year teaching experiences, and teacher-education programs.

Teaching Time Management to Students with Learning Disabilities

Teach your students how to improve their time management. Learn to teach task analysis, enabling your students to divide academic projects into smaller tasks, figure out how long each task will take, and produce their work when it needs to be done.

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