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The Relationship between Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD) & Anxiety

Research shows that rates of anxiety are significantly higher for students with learning disabilities. Learn to recognize the common behaviors exhibited by students who are anxious and effective strategies to help set your students up for success – including ways to manage anxiety-driven behaviors like procrastination and avoidance.

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Process Writing: An Overview for Teachers

Process writing is a way of breaking down the task of writing into its smaller component parts. By completing each step sequentially, writing becomes a less threatening and less daunting task.

The Revision Process: How Technology Can Help Struggling Writers

After prewriting and drafting, students move on to reviewing and revising their work where they learn about the 'craft' of writing, review content for clarity, and make deliberate changes to improve the piece. See how one teacher uses technology to help her students edit text, improve flow, and clarify meaning.

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Learning Disabilities and the Arts

Art activities can help children with learning disabilities begin to overcome the challenges they face in learning in many different ways. Music, art, crafts and dance can give students with learning disabilities a chance to express themselves through different media and gain confidence along the way.

Assistive Technology for Writing

Assistive technology (AT) can help kids with different types of writing challenges. AT tools can make the physical act of writing easier, as well as help kids who have trouble with spelling and grammar, and with organizing and expressing their thoughts. This guide provides an introduction to AT writing tools and where to find them.

Strategies for Composition and Self-Regulation in the Writing Process

At the heart of self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) is the belief that every child can write. Students also develop self-regulation strategies and abilities crucial to the writing process: goal setting, self-instructions, self-monitoring and self-assessment, and self-reinforcement. Get the details (plus examples of student writing) in this article.

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Self-Portrait: Kellyn

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Self-Portrait: Kellyn, by Kellyn, age 12

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Today's First Person Essay

I'm never sure what to expect anymore by Michelle Sarabia

My son sits up at 9 months. He speaks at 15 months. The doctor says, "Some children take longer." Other doctors examine him. Our son is behind, they say, but it's nothing serious. They say, "Don't worry." No one says, "Developmentally delayed."

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