How to Support Students with Learning Disabilities (Mohammad Sarhan),…
How to Support Students with Learning Disabilities (Mohammad Sarhan)
the student. Ask yourself if the student has any of the symptoms for learning disabilities. Keep track of these obersvations as you will use them for reference in later stages.
Step 2: If your observations follow a pattern (i.e. the student consistently portrays symptoms for a learning disability), then you need to provide different
for disabilities to identify what is hindering their learning. You may want to refer to your learning center at this point to ensure that you are following your school's guidelines for learning disabilities.
Step 3: Once your tests are complete and it becomes apparent that the student has an identifiable learning disability,
the student to discuss their learning habits. What kind of problems do they face? What kind of specific examples can they provide to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of their learning. You may not want to discuss the test results just yet (again, conditional upon your school's guidelines). Make sure to use a language to promotes support.
Step 4: Build a support
. Invite the adivsor, dean, other teachers, and learning center to discuss the student's disbaility. What do others observe? how is it diffenret/similar from what you observed? What patterers can you identify in general? How can approach the parents without making them feel worried?
Step 5: Create a
with your support team. The plan should identify how to approach the parents and how to deal with the learning disability to make sure the student has an equal opportunity to succeed. At this stage, it's essential to be open to using a wide variety of tools form your toolbox.
the plan with the parents. Again, you must frame this in a supportive manner to demosntrate your care for the stunted. If they parents refuse to move on with the plan, then you must bring on your support team to discuss how the studnets learning can be improved with specific tools and recommendations. For certain cases, it is essential that they go to an expert where they can get more intentional support and even treatment.
your plan. Make sure that the student, parents, and support team are all on the same page. Keep track of changes and observations.
your notes with your team and make sure to assess the plan. Is the treatment working? Are the differentiated strategies yielding effecting outcomes? What has been working? What needs to be changed. Remember, this is an iterative process that has to be carried out with patience.
Break it into smaller steps
give good and frequent feedback
make it visual
give time to practice
model to studnets
check on the student
lower the stakes
foster a culture of belonging
Teaching Students with Disabilities
Ed. Dept. US.
University of Washington