Successful students with learning disabilities

The paper is an essay that will base its argument on the aspect of Successful students with learning disabilities. As an educator, it is of much concern to get to know the concept or rather the learning strategies that are more appropriate for ensuring that the students with the learning disabilities are just as successful as the able students. The paper, therefore, will give the best reason as to why the information is of more use to me as an educator.

Learning disabilities has been a problem in most of the schools across the world not only in the United States. The specific learning disabilities in most cases are such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dysculia and ADHD just to mention a few (Vaughn et al.  2005). Dyslexia, in this case, affects the reading and related language-based processing skills of the student. As an educator it is of much importance to getting to note the signs and symptoms of the disorder which are such as the student experiencing spelling problem, difficulties with handwriting, reads slowly and painfully (Vaughn et al.  2005).

As an educator after noting some of these signs and symptoms it’s advisable to provide specified strategies for the particular student such as the provision of a calm and quite area for reading and maybe answering questions (Vaughn et al.  2005). Also, it is advisable to allow the use of books on tapes, use of books or rather articles with large print and also provide the original copy of the lecturer notes amongst the strategies (Vaughn et al.  2005).

Dysgraphia being one of the learning disabilities affects a student’s ability to write and fine motor skills. The signs and symptoms of the disorder are such as slow copying or writing of articles, poor planning on the paper, shows inconsistencies such as mixtures of lower and upper case, irregular shapes and sizes of letters. Under the Dysgraphia disorder, the other sign is difficulty in pre-visualizing formation of letters (Vaughn et al.  2005).

As an educator after noting these signs, it is advisable to help the student applying strategies incorporating suggestion of word processor use, allow the use of oral exams. It is also of great concern for the educator to provide outlines and notes to reduce the amount of writing that is required of the students (Vaughn et al.  2005).

Dysculia as a learning disability refers to poor math symbols which lead to struggling with organizing and memorizing numbers. For this case, the signs and symptoms of this disorder are the students showing some difficulties in understanding concepts such as quantity, positive and negative values, place value and number lines (Vaughn et al.  2005). The other noted sign and symptom are the difficulty to understand and tackle word problems. For such cases, it is advisable for the educator to allow the student use his or her fingers in solving problems. It is also advisable for the educator to suggest the use of graph paper, and diagrams especially in mathematics (Vaughn et al.  2005).

Lastly, the other disorder that is among the learning disabilities is ADHD. ADHD, in this case, refers to the difficulty of the student staying focused and being attentive for a long time. For ADHD, it always becomes apparent for most students especially in preschool and early years in school (Vaughn et al.  2005). As an educator it is of much interest to take a keen interest in such students and the most appropriate strategy for such cases is allow the use of pictures, diagrams in solving problems and in a learning environment to keep them tied to what is being taught or rather read (Vaughn et al.  2005).

Conclusion

As an educator, we find that the research plays an important role that helps with critical information on helping the students with learning disabilities to be successful just as the other able students. From the strategies that are mentioned above, we find that the application of these strategies would enhance the success of the students in both education and later in their life. It is therefore of much concern as an educator to take heed of the strategies applicable to the various learning disabilities (LD) for the success of the students with learning disabilities.

Reference

Vaughn, S., & Schumm, J. S. (2005). Responsible inclusion for students with learning disabilities. Journal of learning disabilities, 28(5), 264-270.

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