Who is Qualified for Special
Any student who has any of the following may have a
• Memory is very poor, both short term and long
• Getting frustrated easily
• Very low self-esteem
• Distracted easily from a task
• Reacting very quickly and emotionally
• Very authoritative when communicating verbally
• Hard to change his/her mind
• Is challenged when working with small or large groups
Strategies To Use
If Student has a reading disability
give oral instructions, assignments,
quizzes, and exams
Provide information that appeals to
the students senses, touch, hear,
smell, see, etc.
Be able to give immediate feedback
Whenever a student shows progress
or completes an assignment, show
affection and congratulate the
Any item, piece of equipment or product system,
whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified
or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or
improve the functional capabilities of individuals with
Assistive technology may be beneficial for students
that have learning disabilities
Different technologies are made to help students that
have different disabilities
Terms to Know
Inclusion- Term used to describe services that place
students with disabilities in general education
classrooms with appropriate support services.
Learning Disability- a general term that describes
specific kinds of learning problems. A learning
disability can cause a person to have trouble learning
and using certain skills. The skills that are most often
affected are reading, writing, reasoning, listening,
speaking, and doing math.
Terms To Know Continued
Least Restrictive Environment-The placement of a
special needs student in a manner promoting the
maximum possible interaction with the general school
ADHD- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
(AD/HD) is a neurobiological disorder. Typically
children with AD/HD have developmentally
inappropriate behavior, including poor attention skills,
impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Children with AD/HD
may also experience problems in the areas of social
skills and self esteem.
(1)Hearing assistive technology systems (HATS) are
devices that can help you function better in your day-
to-day communication situations.
HATS can be used with or without hearing aids or
cochlear implants to make hearing easier
Place the student with the auditory disability closer to
the front of the classroom
Reduce background noises
Assistive Technologies for
(2) Portable word processing keyboards to help
students with the mechanics of note taking
(3) Translating print-based notes to voice by using
optical character (voice) recognition (OCR) software
with a voice synthesizer.
Assistive Technologies for
(4) Word Processor can help students that have
trouble with reading and writing by using spell
check, grammar check, font and color.
(5) Students that have a learning disability that effects
their mathematic skills can use a talking calculator.
The calculator can recognize if there is any input
errors and provide the student with direct feedback
that can help the student indicate the problem.
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