Maximizing Learning Opportunities for LD Children
Children with learning disabilities need opportunities to have concepts clarified, repeated and taught in ways that enable them to understand the concept. They will often require repeated opportunities to learn each concept. These students will require additional time on task with ongoing clarification and support. However, it is important to ensure that each task given promotes learning. Always look for the evidence of learning in their work and orally.
Children with Learning Disabilities often exhibit a wide range of symptoms and will require additional support to ensure that the potential to learn is in place. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if the activity promotes worthwhile learning or not:
- Copying text from chart paper, the board or a book
- Practice writing words from a spelling list
- Reading the same material repeatedly
- Cutting and pasting items without an established goal
- Tracing over numbers or letters
- Listening to tape recorded stories while following along with the text version
- Brainstorming all the words that have a silent vowel
- Engaging in a computer application that promotes literacy or numeracy
It’s pretty easy to spot the activites that have minimal learning benefits. When programming for a child with a learning disability, one always needs to determine the potential learning that will take place. If there’s no learning – why involve the child in a meaningless activity?
Try the following strategies when programming for your
Remember to use graphic organizers to support the organization of thinking.
For specific literacy strategies, try the following ideas
4 Steps to Remember:
1. Reflect often on the process used to support learning disabled children – are the learning opportunities worthwhile?
2. Provide as many visual and auditory representations as is possible.
3. Activites need to be specific, manageable, attainble and measurable. Ask yourself if the learning opportunitity meets the criteria.
4. Provide ample time for the child to seek clarification and to share his/her thoughts/responses.
With appropriate early intervention and targeted support strategies, learning disabled children can reach their potential.