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Effective Reading Interventions for Kids With Learning Disabilities

What research says really works in building word recognition and comprehension skills in kids with LD and how to use these research findings to “size up” a child’s reading program.

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Working Memory and Anxiety

Anxiety is a sense of fear and worry, and it is not uncommon among students with language-based learning disabilities. This anxiety stems from a fear of not being able to keep up with peers, as well as feeling different and worrying about the future. And studies have shown consistently that when people experience high levels of anxiety, their working memory capacity suffers. Here are some effective strategies for reducing anxiety in the classroom – including rituals and routines, memory aids, and assistive technology.

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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.

Helping Children with Learning Disabilities Understand What They Read

Browse this reading comprehension toolbox to find lots of great, practical tips you can use to help your child with homework reading assignments.

Tell Me About the Story: Comprehension Strategies for Students with Autism

Six-year-old Arik is reading through his books with lightning speed — but is he understanding it all? Using a technique developed for children with autism like Arik, Drs. Greenspan and Shanker believe that they can help Arik's comprehension by expanding his emotional connection to the words.

For Parents: 8 Working Memory Boosters

Does your child have a hard time keeping one bit of information in mind while he’s doing something else? For example, if he’s helping make spaghetti and the phone rings, does he forget he needs to go back and keep stirring the sauce? If he often has trouble with such tasks, he might have working memory issues. It’s needed for tasks like following multi-step directions or solving a math problem in your head. You can help your child improve this executive function by building some working memory boosters into his daily life. (From our partner Understood)

Personal Story: Why I Love Audio Books

“As I listen to a book on tape, it feels as though they are speaking right into the middle of my imagination. I can tell that because I feel connected to the story. When I listen to a book on tape, it is easier to understand jokes or puns, and other forms of humor in the book because I am not distracted by other words or things on the page (like a picture or other writing or a food stain). It is easier to understand more parts of the book when it is a book on tape because of the way the person says the words - they provide clues to the mood of the characters.”

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Self portrait: Lenny, by Lenny, age 10

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Patricia Polacco by Patricia Polacco

Surprise - author Patricia Polacco has learning disabilities. Read her inspiring success story...

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