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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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Effective Reading Interventions for Kids With Learning Disabilities

Research-based information and advice for sizing up reading programs and finding the right one for your child with a learning disability.

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner

In the first chapter of her book, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, Kathy Kuhl explains how she came to the realization that school wasn't working for her son and decided to do what she never thought she could: stay home and teach him.

What Is Executive Functioning?

The term "executive functioning" has become a common buzzword in schools and psychology offices. This is more than just a passing fad. Find out what executive function is, and what specific abilities are covered under the umbrella term of executive functioning.

The Teacher's Role in Home/School Communication: Everybody Wins

Rick Lavoie provides 21 tips for teachers on how to improve parent/school communication.

Blogs, Wikis and Text Messaging: What are the Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities

Blogs, wikis, and text messaging can help students with learning disabilities. Find out how to use them.

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.

Organizational Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: The Master Filing System for Paper

Help your students manage their materials and be organized. The master filing system enables students to keep all of their class work and homework in one place that provides easy, logical access. They can concentrate on learning and feel in control.

At Risk Students and the Study of Foreign Language in Schools

Studying a foreign language can be especially challenging for kids with oral and/or written language learning disabilities. The International Dyslexia Association looks at the kinds of problems students with both moderate and severe LD might manifest in foreign language classes, and lists some approaches teachers can employ to assist these learners.

Organizational Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: The Digital Master Filing System

Summer is a great time to get organized! Students who have learning disabilities frequently struggle to keep track of their school work — especially digital files. When the information is lost in their computer, they waste valuable time looking for it, sometimes have to redo it, and then can't hand it in! Read this article by the Landmark School Outreach Program for a strategy that works.

Helping Students Understand and Accept Their Learning Disabilities: The Demystification Conference

How do you help students understand — and cope — with their learning disability? At Churchill Center and School, through an annual "Demystification Conference," students are taught individually and with specially tailored plans how to remove the mystery of their learning disability. Learn how it works in this article.

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.

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

A Student's Perspective on Writing

Eli, a young boy, tells us what it is like to have dysgraphia. Regina Richards, a well-known expert on dysgraphia (and Eli's mom), explains how to help children who struggle with the challenges Eli describes. Practical techniques discussed include POWER: Prepare, Organize, Write, Edit, Revise.

Fighting the Good Fight: How to Advocate for Your Students Without Losing Your Job

Teachers: How do you convince your principal, fellow teachers, and other school staff to help the student in your class who has a learning disability? Rick Lavoie, world-renowned expert, speaker, and author on teaching children with LD, tells you how to get your voice heard. Learn how to handle common road blocks and become a proactive and successful advocate in the hallways, the teacher's lounge, and the administrative suite.

Multimedia Tools Help Students Think Like a Scientist

Teach science by having students think like scientists. Scientists ask themselves questions, develop hypotheses, and test until they learn some more. They collaborate with peers and use computer programs, diagrams, pictures, videos, and other multimedia resources. These hands-on activities help all students- and are especially helpful to students with learning disabilities.

Getting the Lowdown on the Slowdown

In this article, the leaders of nonprofit organization All Kinds of Minds provide thumbnail case studies of how brain differences affect learning in reading and writing. The article also describes how teachers can use nuerodevelopmental knowledge to help each student learn in the most efficient way.

The Writing Road: Reinvigorate Your Students' Enthusiasm for Writing

Teach your students to avoid the avoidance of writing. Learn how to lead them down the path of enthusiasm and self-confidence about writing through research-proven strategies.

Goal Setting for Children with Learning Disabilities: Your Role Is Important

The ability to set goals and meet them is essential for success of people with learning disabilities. Learn how to help children set goals, persevere toward those goals, and succeed in making their dreams come true.

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.

Motivating the Child with Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention deficit disorder symptoms often interfere with classroom expectations and impact nearly all of the child's activities and interactions. But educators have developed methods and strategies that have proven successful with children with ADD. Learn some specific teaching strategies that both challenge children with ADD by presenting then with interesting activities designed to improve behavior and learning, while simultaneously providing them the support they require.

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