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  • 1. Addressing Students Needs
    Created by: Jennifer Baker
  • 2. Shift your focus away from their academic shortfalls
    They are often dealing with:
    Inner frustration that can lead to depression
    Difficulties interacting with peers
    Poor understanding of language
    Poor self-concepts
    High levels of anxiety
    Inability to cope
    Feelings of inferiority
    Unstable home life
    An Insight Into Their World of Students Dealing With Disabilities
  • 3. Focusing on their strengths as learners
    Developing problem-solving skills
    Teaching the student to become an advocate for themselves and their disorder - empowering
    Setting realistic expectations and goals
    Incorporating behavior strategies that reach for the target behavior
    Providing the student with opportunities to tutor or assist other students – they naturally want to help others
    Teachers Have the Power to Counteract the Effects of ADHD and Mild Leaning Disabilities by:
  • 4. The goal is reduce frustration and or distraction
    Post a schedule of daily routines, expected behaviors, and assignments that are due
    Rearrange the desks to avoid distractions
    Incorporate progress checks to ensure that work is completed and they are organized
    Pre-teach material to provide sufficient background info
    Ensure instructions are clear and concise so the student is not overwhelmed
    Assign the student a peer to assist them during classroom instruction
    Teach the student study skills such as note taking
    Instructional Practices
  • 5. Limit choices in the curriculum
    Use appropriate positive reinforcers that motivate the student
    Limit the use of punishments
    Help them to channel their energy
    Challenge yourself as an educator to seek promising emerging methods
    Incorporate assistive technologies – determine the student’s level of need
    Instructional Practices
  • 6. Low tech intervention strategies:
    Stress balls
    Allowing students to stand during an activity
    Having students perform exercises during class
    Verbal praise
    Behavior shaping – target behavior
    Incorporate animation and mystery to increase interest
    Use of alternative test sites
    Having tests or quizzes read orally
    Allotting additional time to complete tasks or tests
    Peer assistance – summarizing material
    Incorporation of Technology
  • 7. Use of software to couple key concepts with illustrations or graphics
    Text to speech software
    Word prediction capability software
    Traditional word processors
    Palm pilots for organization
    Audio books
    Microphones to amplify the teachers voice
    Voice recognition software
    Assistive Technologies
  • 8. Educational Accommodations and Interventions:
    Incorporate different pedagogies for diverse learning styles
    Providing of an alternative location to complete tests
    Involve the child with peers through small group instruction and interaction
    Allow the student to provide verbal responses to assignments
    Reposition desks to favor the good ear or where it is better acoustically
    Allot time for breaks
    Auditory Disabilities:
  • 9. Use of sign language
    • Use of pictorial representations to translate student understanding of concrete concepts into abstract form
    • 10. Encourage participation
    • 11. Have broad concepts placed on a visible charts in the classroom
    • 12. Have a peer assist when necessary
    • 13. Pre-teach material
    • 14. Read material at eye level so the student can see your physical annunciation of the word
    Auditory Disabilities: Assistive Technologies
  • 15. Voice recognition software
    Assistive listening devices
    Use of hearing aids
    Computer software to assist the student in completing the assignments – accessible formats
  • 16. http://www.teachervision.fen.com/special-education/teacher-resources/6640.html
    Provides a variety of information on successful inclusive strategies and much more
    the website features a number of pdf articles on how to teach students with learning disabilities
    Additional Websites:
  • 17. http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/iep.html
    Sources Utilized: