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Teachers: Looking for Resources to Help Your Students with Learning Disabilities?

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Since almost five percent of all students in our nation’s public schools are classified as having specific learning disabilities (SLD), every teacher can expect to find students with learning disabilities in the classroom. Success for these students requires a focus on individual achievement, individual progress, and individual learning. Despite obstacles, recent research tells us that we can teach these students how to learn. We can put them into a position to compete!

Students who qualify for the learning disabilities classification are entitled to a formal plan that describes how the school will support your child’s educational needs. Learn how these statements—called the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan—are developed and monitored.



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Adult Student

If you suspect a student in your classroom has a learning disability it is important to know how to accommodate their needs and differentiate instruction. It can be a daunting and complicated task. But don’t despair. LDAU is here to help you understand learning disabilities and lead you and your student to the right support systems.

Students with learning disabilities begin school expecting to learn and be successful. If your student is having difficulty in school, she may learn differently from other kids. Teachers are often the first to notice that “something doesn’t seem right.” More….



What Is A Learning Disability?


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According to IDEA a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) is a “disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia and developmental aphasia.” “SLD” does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities; of intellectual disability; of emotional disturbance; or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage (34 CFR §300.8 (c)(10).”In the 2014 State of Learning Disabilities report, SLD is described as an “unexpected, significant difficulty in academic achievement and related areas of learning More….



Recent Changes To SLD Eligibility


SLD Changes

According to Utah 2013 Special Education Rules Schools must use commercial software program that employs a clearly specified regression formula that considers the relationship between the intelligence and ability achievement tests as well as the tests’ reliability AND document the team’s consideration of the discrepancy report and the team’s determination of whether or not it represents a significant discrepancy.

No one data source should be considered as a reason for automatic inclusion or exclusion for special education services. Frequently asked questions regarding SLD eligibility and these changes are addressed. More….



Managing School to School Transitions


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Each year as the snow begins to melt many students begin planning to move on to a different level in the school system; elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school. Each of these transitions includes changes in expectations (about school, student behavior, and parent involvement) that may add to the everyday stress of students with a Specific Learning Disability(SLD) and their families. Parents may be concerned about how to stay involved in a larger school, how to communicate with multiple teachers, how their child will cope with in more structured environment, or how they will “fit in” in the new school. Following are some concerns that have been identified by these students and families and some strategies that may alleviate those concerns. More….



Books For Children With Learning Disabilities


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Books by, about, and for children with learning disabilities offer elementary-aged kids valuable stories and guidance written especially for them. For individuals with out LD, these books raise awareness about learning disabilities by sharing the experiences of fictional character with a learning disabilities. For children with learning disabilities it shows them how fictional kids their age can be heroic and encourages them to draw on their unique talents and strengths.

Check out the following books, a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, when you want to give your child something special to read. So, read a children’s book and share it with a child you know.More….



The Facts About E-cigarettes


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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and some health experts are concerned that the side effects of inhaling pure nicotine have yet to be adequately studied, and are therefore unknown. The FDA is also concerned about quality control, asserting that some manufacturers may not adequately disclose all the chemical ingredients in their e-cigarettes, and that the amount of nicotine listed on a cartridge label may not match the actual amount in the cartridge. Electronic cigarette manufacturers are careful not to directly market their product to young people. However nicotine cartridges for the e-cigarettes come in a wide range of flavors likely to appeal to kids—think chocolate, caramel, strawberry and even bubble gum. And because e-cigarettes are sold online, it’s easier for kids to purchase them. More….



Resources In Utah


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A collection of private organizations, businesses, goverment agencies, and professionals who provide services that may be helpful to individuals with learning disabilities.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website has been compiled for your convenience. The Learning Disabilities Association of Utah (LDAU) does not represent or endorse any particular point of view, program, organization, business or professional. It is up to the parent or individual to decide which program or professional that would best suit your’s or your child’s needs. LDAU makes no warranties about the accuracy, helpfulness or completeness of any information contained on this site. More…



Links To Helpful Websites


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The resources listed provide a selection of websites with the latest information learning that may be helpful for teachers of students with learning disabilities.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website has been compiled for your convenience. The Learning Disabilities Association of Utah (LDAU) does not represent or endorse any particular point of view, program, organization, business or professional. It is up to the parent or individual to decide which program or professional that would best suit your’s or your child’s needs. LDAU makes no warranties about the accuracy, helpfulness or completeness of any information contained on this site. More…


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