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Top 10 Resources on Spelling and Word Study

Learn more about the English spelling system, how spelling supports reading, why children with dyslexia and dysgraphia struggle, which words should be taught, and instruction that works.

What District Administrators Need To Do To Prepare for the CCSS

What do administrators need to know about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? How will they affect teaching and assessing mathematics and English language arts? What are the benefits and what can parents do to prepare for the CCSS?

Learning Disabilities: Implications for Policy Regarding Research and Practice

Comprehensive Assessment and Evaluation of Students With Learning Disabilities

How to Help Your Child with LD Have a Happy Holiday

The holiday season is a time for family togetherness, fun, and friendship. But children who struggle with social and behavioral problems can feel lonely and excluded during this happy time. This article gives you a dozen ways to help your child join the fun.

Learning Disabilities: An Overview

Learning disabilities (LD) come in several forms. Learn more about them, how they're identified, and what types of instruction support students with LD.

September Thoughts: Reflections on a New School Year

As you prepare for the upcoming school year, read this article about what you need to do to get ready for the 'Saturday kids.' These children are competent and happy on weekends and vacations, but have a lot of difficulty in school. In this article written exclusively for LD OnLine, expert Rick Lavoie shares nine concepts to help you bring out their best side of these children in your class.

Organizational Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: The Master Filing System for Paper

Help your students manage their materials and be organized. The master filing system enables students to keep all of their class work and homework in one place that provides easy, logical access. They can concentrate on learning and feel in control.

'Welcome Kit' for New ELLs

"A Welcome Kit" is a packet of school information and other supplies that will contribute to a positive beginning by including relevant school information and other academic supplies, no matter when the student enrolls. I recommend that a school administrator and a couple of key staff members meet to decide what should go in the Welcome Kit. Summer is a perfect opportunity to make up a stack of Welcome Kits in order to have them readily available throughout the year as new ELL students enroll. The Kits can be tailored by grade level to include appropriate academic items.

Teaching Time Management to Students with Learning Disabilities

Teach your students how to improve their time management. Learn to teach task analysis, enabling your students to divide academic projects into smaller tasks, figure out how long each task will take, and produce their work when it needs to be done.

How Do You Know If Your Child Might Have a Learning Disability?

If you think your child might have a learning disability, this article will help. Dr. Larry Silver tells parents the clues to look for in pre-school and elementary school children. Then the article talks about how to get a "psychoeducational evaluation" to find out for sure.

Fighting the Good Fight: How to Advocate for Your Students Without Losing Your Job

Teachers: How do you convince your principal, fellow teachers, and other school staff to help the student in your class who has a learning disability? Rick Lavoie, world-renowned expert, speaker, and author on teaching children with LD, tells you how to get your voice heard. Learn how to handle common road blocks and become a proactive and successful advocate in the hallways, the teacher's lounge, and the administrative suite.

Multimedia Tools Help Students Think Like a Scientist

Teach science by having students think like scientists. Scientists ask themselves questions, develop hypotheses, and test until they learn some more. They collaborate with peers and use computer programs, diagrams, pictures, videos, and other multimedia resources. These hands-on activities help all students- and are especially helpful to students with learning disabilities.

Helping Children with Learning Disabilities Understand What They Read

This article presents a variety of memory strategies. As parents, we need to pay attention to our child's reaction to the strategies and help our child select and use strategies that are comfortable and most closely match his or her preferred learning style.

Being an Efficient Homework Helper: Turning a Chore into a Challenge

This article will help your child succeed doing homework. Read tips that can help kids with learning disabilities, ADHD, and dyslexia work faster and with focus. Set up a place for your child to work and give them the supplies they need. Teach them strategies, get them organized, and encourage them to succeed.

Strategies to Facilitate Math Concepts and Homework

Dyxlexia expert Regina Richards offers some strategies that parents and teachers can use to offer students new and different ways to access math learning.

Understanding the Special Education Process

This overview from the PACER Center walks parents through each step of the special education process, describing what happens from the time a child is referred for evaluation through the development of an individualized education program (IEP).

Evaluation: What Does it Mean for Your Child

This PACER Center fact sheet informs parents about evaluation, a process to help determine whether a child has a disability and what the child's educational needs might be. The article discusses the reasons why parents might choose to evaluate their child, types of tests available, factors that should be considered when selecting tests, and questions parents should ask when an evaluation is proposed.

Motivating the Child with Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention deficit disorder symptoms often interfere with classroom expectations and impact nearly all of the child's activities and interactions. But educators have developed methods and strategies that have proven successful with children with ADD. Learn some specific teaching strategies that both challenge children with ADD by presenting then with interesting activities designed to improve behavior and learning, while simultaneously providing them the support they require.

Communication Strategies for All Classrooms: Focusing on English Language Learners and Students with Learning Disabilities

Concrete suggestions for teachers who want to communicate well with all of their students, especially English language learners and students with learning disabilities.

What Do You Do If You Suspect That Your Child Has A Learning Disability?

Parents: Learn how to obtain a diagnosis for your child. This article walks you through the process of determining whether your child has a learning disability. Study different types of evaluations that clarify your child's learning difficulties, what that means for your child, and what your next step should be if an LD is found.

Why Homeschool a Dyslexic Child?

Should you home school your child with dyslexia? Read about the the challenges and the benefits here. Homeschooling requires research and dedication on the part of the parent. But it can be a helpful alternative to students who need direct, systematic, and individualized instruction.

Taking the GED Tests: Requesting Accommodations

Do you want to take the GED Test? This article, by the General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS), tells you how to get the accommodations you need. Detailed information is provided on how to fill out the forms that document your needs.

Strategies for Summer Reading for Children with Dyslexia

Here are a dozen simple strategies to help your children keep the academic skills they learned during the school year. Support them as they read. Give them material that is motivating — and some of it should be easy. Help them enjoy books and feel pleasure — not pressure — from reading. The summer should be a relaxed time where their love of learning can flower.

From the Mouths of Babes: What Kids Tell Us About Friendships

Rick Lavoie brings teachers information on how to integrate children with special needs into their mainstream class. The Council on Exceptional Children asked students with good social skills for their suggestions to school staff. Here are some of their requests: a) time to "hang out" with peers with disabilities, b) taking a stand against bullying and teasing of students with disabilities, and c) choosing peers to work with students with disabilities carefully.

Improving Your Child's Behavior in Public Settings

Help your child behave properly in public settings. Meet the five basic physical needs that keep them calm. Community excursions, such as trips to the mall and your house of worship, are challenging for children with learning disabilities. Learn the steps that will help your child improve their behavior.

Creating Options: 2007 Financial Aid for Individuals with Disabilities

Find the funds to go to college. Parents and potential students, read this guide authored by HEATH Resource Center, an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Read about the basics of federal and private financial aid. Learn the important details of vocational rehabilitation, social security, and disability-specific funding sources.

Advocating Effectively to Resolve Disputes

Learn to get your way in disputes without suing or getting in a fight. People with learning disabilities, and their parents and allies can learn to apply the six steps of successful advocacy.

How to Help Your Students Write Well: An Interview with Steve Graham

Three research based practices help students with learning disabilities improve their writing. Read this interview with Steve Graham, author of Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High School who explains how you can help your students succeed in communicating through the written word.

Are Learning Disabilities The Only Problem? You Should Know About Other Related Disorders

About half of people with learning disabilities also have other related disorders. Learn about ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and other difficulties. This article, written by Larry B. Silver, a psychiatrist, tells parents about other related disorders, how they can impact your child, and how you can get a diagnosis.

The Law After High School

Learn about your legal rights and responsibilities for accommodations on the job, disclosure of your disability, documentation of your disability, and many other issues that come up after graduating high school.

Learning Disabilities and Young Children: Identification and Intervention

The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities developed an overview on screening, diagnosing and serving children age four or younger. The document was developed for researchers, administrators, and people who need an academic overview.

Recognition and Response: An Early Intervening System for Young Children At-Risk for Learning Disabilities

Some young children show signs that they may not be learning in an expected manner, even before they begin kindergarten. These children may exhibit problems in areas such as language development, phonological awareness, perceptual-motor abilities, and attention, which have been considered precursors of learning disabilities in older children. However, under current state and federal guidelines, these children are unlikely to meet eligibility criteria for having a learning disability. This is because formal identification of a child's learning disability generally does not occur until there is a measurable discrepancy between the child's aptitude and academic achievement, often not until the second or third grade.

Help for Young Learners: How To Choose AT?

Technologies, from low to high-tech, can play a role in promoting the social and cognitive participation and growth of young children. This Info Brief presents an introduction to the role of assistive technology (AT) for young learners with disabilities. It highlights a six-step approach to AT decision making for young children and provides links to resources, including the TAM Technology Fan, for researchers and service teams.

Accommodations for Students with LD

The National Center for Learning Disabilities presents examples of accommodations that allow students with learning disabilities to show what they know without giving them an unfair advantage. Accommodations are divided into the following categories: how information is presented to the student, how the student can respond, timing of tests and lessons, the learning environment, and test scheduling.


The National Center for Learning Disabilities presents a basic fact sheet on dyscalculia, a term which refers to a wide range of learning disabilities involving math. The following questions are answered: What are the effects of dyscalculia in early childhood, during the school years, and on teenagers and adults? What are the warning signs? How is dyscalculia identified and treated?

What Is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. Learn the warning signs and strategies that can help. There are techniques for teaching and accommodating early writers, young students, or help yourself if you struggle with dysgraphia.

College or Training Programs: How to Decide

If you are a high school student with an IEP who is trying to figure out whether to go to college or other post-secondary education, this article is for you. It tells you the options available and gives you guidance on how to use your IEP to prepare for them.

Tools for Evaluation: Assistive Technology Tools Kits

Evaluations are a key step in the process of linking individuals to assistive technology, yet often can be varied. This information brief provides a basic introduction to how AT tool kits aim to standardize the process of AT evaluation and to the four models of assistive technology evaluations.

Assisting Students with Foreign Language Learning Difficulties in School

Students with language learning difficulties can learn foreign languages in school, when they have appropriate instructional modifications. This article looks at the kinds of students who may have difficulty successfully fulfilling a foreign language requirement in school, instructional methods that help, and additional adaptations at-risk students might need.

Knowing Your Child's Rights

Social Skill Autopsies: A Strategy to Promote and Develop Social Competencies

Rick Lavoie teaches the social skill autopsy- a strategy to help your child or student learn from their social errors. Turn those embarrassing incidents into teachable moments- and help the person with a learning disability to correct their mistakes and not repeat them. If you are a person with a learning disability, consider sending this article to a trusted mentor or friend.

Intervention Research and Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

High School Graduation Requirements and Students with Disabilities

High stakes testing has become a controversial issue with a major impact on students with disabilities. This article includes how graduation requirements are set, arguments for and against high stakes testing for students with disabilities, information on modifications for students with disabilities, and options in case the students fail.

Life Success For Students With Learning Disabilities: A Parent's Guide

Learn how to help your children succeed. Frostig Center research uncovered six success attributes that make a difference in being effective in life. They include self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal-setting, using support systems, and emotional coping strategies. Read ways to encourage your child to develop these character traits.

Social and Emotional Problems Related to Dyslexia

Dyslexia is not an emotional disorder, but the frustrating nature of this learning disability can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger, low self–esteem and depression. Read scenarios in the dyslexic child's life that can give rise to social and emotional difficulties. Discover how to help children deal successfully with these challenges.

Tool Kit for Parents: Tips for Helping With Writing Tasks

Over one hundred ideas on how you can help your child overcome their problems with writing caused by their learning disability. Help your child with POWER (Plan, Organize, Write, Edit, and Revise.)

Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices

Enjoy this resource of practical and thorough strategies for instructing children with ADHD and other children requiring learning modifications. Read about instructional strategies on specific subjects and for various age groups.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Fact Sheet

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities provides a basic fact sheet on ADHD, with tips for parents and teachers. Symptoms and treatment of ADHD are discussed.

Gifted Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

In the ongoing dialogue about ADHD in gifted children, three questions often arise. Are gifted children over-diagnosed with the disorder? In what ways are gifted ADHD children different from gifted children without the disorder and from other ADHD children? Does the emerging research suggest any differences in intervention or support?

Your Child's IEP: Practical and Legal Guidance for Parents

Lessons Learned

Read tips for raising a child with dyslexia, written by a mother of a dyslexic son. This article describes how to get your child evaluated,how to hire and work with a tutor, and ways to work reading and academic skills into your daily life with your child, and how to handle the ups and downs of parenting a child who has troubles in school.

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home

A valuable resource educators of children with ADHD. The U.S. Dept. of Education shares and easy-to-read outline of tips and legal considerations. Causes, legal requirements for evaluations, treatment options, and hints for effective educational performance are included.

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