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From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

2015 October

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, so we are sharing with you some of the tips that came from our recent Teacher Web Conference discussion regarding Learning Disability accommodations:

  • Break tasks into small steps
  • Give direction in several different ways (verbally, in writing, reminders on the board, etc.)
  • Let students share notes, record lectures or discussions, have extra time on tests
  • Let students to use special software for spelling, grammar, etc.
  • Encourage students to sit closer to you (the presenter) during class
  • For ADD/ADHD challenges, arrange for students to have their tests proctored in a separate, quiet environment
  • For students who struggle with psychological disorders, consider these:
    • Be very clear with your classroom behavior expectations
    • Help them develop ways to self-monitor
    • Create subtle cues (just between you and the student) that lets them know how they are doing (i.e., if their current behavior is acceptable)
    • Find out if there are things that trigger certain behaviors, and avoid them (or be prepared when you cannot)