Teaching Tip: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Follow these principles when working with students who have learning disabilities.
  • Slow down the pace of instruction. The pace and lesson sequence of most commercial materials is too fast for these students. You may not cover everything, but your LD students will have a better chance of learning what you do cover.
  • Provide additional practice. Commercial materials often provide little or no practice opportunities.
  • Provide as much structure as possible. LD students typically have poor organizational skills Make sure that your directions are clear and that these students will have a way of knowing when they have completed a task successfully.
  • Substitute simpler words for difficult words. This will improve LD students' comprehension.
  • Provide opportunities for transfer and generalization. LD students often don't realize that what they learn in one situation can be used in other situations.
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