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The Reading and Writing Connection

Research suggests that reading and writing skills are best developed when taught and practiced in conjunction.

Get Ready for Summer! Ideas for Teachers to Share with Families

We've packed a "virtual beach bag" of activities for teachers to help families get ready for summer and to launch students to fun, enriching summertime experiences. Educators will find materials to download and distribute as well as ideas and resources to offer to students and parents to help ensure summer learning gain rather than loss.

7 Techniques for Building Self-Esteem and Confidence

Seven field-tested strategies for building self-esteen and confidence at home and at school.

The 10 Essentials to Keep in Mind When Working with Children with LD

Rick Lavoie's essential 10-point philosophy for understanding and managing the behavior of children with learning disabilities.

Symptoms of Learning Disabilities

Rick Lavoie discusses the wide variety of behavioral symptoms associated with Learning Disabilities.

When the Chips Are Down with Rick Lavoie

Richard Lavoie, nationally known expert on learning disabilities, offers practical advice on dealing with behavioral problems quickly and effectively.

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Study outcomes suggest that mindful meditation decreases anxiety and detrimental self-focus, which, in turn, promotes social skills and academic success for students with learning disabilities.

Meet AT Expert Beth Poss

A video interview with Beth Poss from the Center on Technology and Disability.

AT in Action

Teachers and students at Jemicy School share their experience with assistive technology (AT). The Jemicy School educates talented and bright students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences.

Q&A with Dr. Todd Cunningham

In this Q&A with Dr. Todd Cunningham, you'll learn the basics about assistive technology (AT) and how AT tools can help students with language-based learning disabilities to reach their full potential in the classroom.

Working Memory and Anxiety

Anxiety is a sense of fear and worry, and it is not uncommon among students with language-based learning disabilities. Here are several strategies from the Landmark School Outreach Program that focus on reducing anxiety.

Visualizing and Verbalizing: Q and A with Nanci Bell of Lindamood-Bell

Learn some best practices in helping children with language processing issues learn to read in this Q&A with expert Nanci Bell, director of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Find out what works with children who have weaknesses in concept imagery or symbol imagery.

7 Things to Know About the 1 in 5 with Learning and Attention Issues

The term "learning and attention issues" covers a wide range of challenges kids may face in school, at home and in the community. It includes all children who are struggling whether their issues have been formally identified or not. Learning and attention issues are brain-based difficulties, and they often run in families. Find resources that can help kids be successful in school and in life!

Sentence-Level Concepts and Skills: An Introduction

Help Your Struggling Learner: Remediation Is a Key

Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD): A Primer

Assistive Technology Glossary

It is important for parents to understand the "language" of assistive technology so they can be informed advocates for their child's technology needs. The following glossary of terms can help parents learn about the kinds of assistive technologies that are currently available and how they can be used.

Funding Assistive Technology for K-12

Accessibility Tools and Resources: Getting Started with Accessibility

How Do Technology and Screen Time Affect Early Childhood Development

In this video from the Center on Technology and Disability, find out about the impact of apps and screen time on early childhood learning and development. How young is too young?

Using Assistive Technology (AT) to Promote Literacy in Infants and Toddlers

Learn about AT devices that can be used to help children with disabilities participate more fully in literacy-promoting activities and routines.

Get Them Talking: Communication Boards for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Learn how to use two different Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) activity boards to help toddlers and preschoolers expand what they are able to communicate.

AT Assessment Tools and Interventions: Tots Can Tech Too!

In this webinar from the Center on Technology and Disability, AT professionals from Fairfax County, VA public schools demonstrate how to develop and conduct AT assessments, and implement activities in early childhood classrooms and at home.

Assistive Technology 101

Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a physical or cognitive disability. Get the basics in this fact sheet from the Center on Technology and Disability.

Assistive Technology Glossary

It is important for parents to understand the "language" of assistive technology so they can be informed advocates for their child's technology needs. The following glossary of terms can help parents learn about the kinds of assistive technologies that are currently available and how they can be used.

Assistive Technology and Apps to Support Learners with Autism

In this webinar from the Center on Technology and Disability, two experts demonstrate and discuss various apps and Assistive Technology (AT) options, including wearable technology to support students with autism.

The Swipe Generation: Best Practices with Mobile Technology for Young Children

In this webinar from the Center on Technology and Disability, you'll learn about the current research on the use of technology for children birth to 8 years, and the implications of using these tech tools for early learning.

What We Know About LBLD and Learning

Boosting Student Effort Using Brainstorming Activities

Multisensory Homework Ideas

Class lessons that engage students visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic learning modes contribute to effective learning. But what about homework?

The Impact of LBLD on Research Writing

Students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) can find the research and writing process overwhelming unless teachers scaffold the process for them while they practice each component frequently enough to gain independent skill.

Meet the Expert: Mary Amato

Mary Amato is an award-winning children’s and YA book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Amato divides her time between writing and teaching writing — through classroom workshops and residencies, all-school assemblies, library programs, and teacher workshops. Amato has led writing workshops for children in poetry, song writing, fiction, mystery, and folktales, as well as workshops for teachers focusing on revision, creating character, and writer’s notebooks.

Benefits of Cross-Curricular Skill Development

Ensure Automatization through Practice and Review

Routines for Success

Words in Context: Effective Strategies for Teaching New Vocabulary

9 Technology Tips to Support Study Skills

Include Students in the Learning Process

Process Writing: An Overview for Teachers

Executive Function: Activation Routines

Accessible Formats

For children with print-based reading disabilities, accessible formats provide alternate versions of print-based books that function in much the same way as a print-based textbook. Learn about the different kinds of accessible formats, including digital talking books, enlarged text, electronic publications, and more.

Use Multisensory Approaches

At the most basic level, our brains perceive stimuli through the five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. Some peoples sensory perception is stronger in one area than another, and most of us learn best when information and ideas are presented in a multisensory fashion.

Cognitive Load Theory

John Swellers Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) supports the idea that students can learn only if their mental capacity is not overloaded. In consideration of this theory, it is important to be aware of the amount of information a student is asked to learn.

Executive Function: Addressing Emotion through Communication

Students' emotional responses to challenging situations can influence their concentration, perseverance, application of learned skills, and interactions with others. Even with safe and supportive classroom environments, students often have difficulty because they lack the communication skills to address challenging situations.

Understanding and Addressing Processing Speed Deficits in the Classroom

School Leadership Teams for Technology Implementation

The goal of a sustained, school-wide technology implementation program is to meet the needs of all students. It takes a School Leadership Team to meet this goal.

Approaches to Technology Implementation

Free Tools to Support the Science and Math Connection

Jennifer Holm

Jennifer Holm has always loved reading. She recalls this: "One of our neighbors said that his clearest memory of me as a child was watching me rake the lawn one-handed while I read a book with the other!” Holm has co-authored a series of graphic novels featuring a mouse (Babymouse) and an amoeba (Squish) and created a feline version of James Bond (The Stink Files). She has also published several Newbery Honor-winning historical fiction novels for middle grade readers inspired by stories from her own family.

Matt Holm

Matt Holm has always loved to draw, especially comics. With his sister Jennifer Holm, he co-created two enormously popular graphic novels series -- one featuring a pink-obsessed mouse (Babymouse) and another starring a brave amoeba (Squish). Holm is drawn to the graphic novel format for its storytelling power. Graphic novels actually provide a great stepping-stone between picture books and chapter books, and can be incredibly complex works of art and literature. You can watch the interview below, view the interview transcript, read a short biography of Matt Holm, or see a selected list of his children's books.

Free Technology Tools for Building Academic Vocabulary

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