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  • LearningDisabilities

    ManualInformation on the various types oflearning difficulties children with

    learning disabilities can have.

    By Maria Carper andMelanie Cooke

  • Learning Disabilities Manual

    ** = good resource for parents

    Visual-Spatial ProcessingSummaryResources

    Visual and Auditory Processing DisordersPhonological Processes listed in Footnote (a)Nonverbal Learning Disorder **Examples of Learning Disabilities **Visual Processing DisordersNCLD: Visual Processing Disorders in Detail **

    Auditory ProcessingSummaryResources

    Visual and Auditory Processing DisordersNCLD: Auditory Processing Disorders: In Detail **Living and Working with an Central Auditory Processing DisorderLDA: Central Auditory Processing Disorder **NCLD: Auditory Processing Disorders: By Age Group **Our Childrens Brains: Part 2 **Kids Health: Central Auditory Processing Disorder: **NIDCD: Auditory Processing Disorder in ChildrenNYU Child Study Center: Central Auditory Processing DisorderCentral Auditory Processing Disorders: An Overview of Assessment and

    Management Practices **


    LDA: Types of Learning DisabilitesLearningbase: Memory: Short term, active, and long term **Learningbase: Registering Text: Impact of Short-term Memory **Strategies to Enhance Memory in Students with DisabilitesTook Kit for Parents: Making it Stick **


    All Kinds of Minds: Attention Strategies **All Kinds of Minds: Developing AlertnessAll Kinds of Minds: Developing Mental Effort **The Dimension of AttentionBasics of Attention: **Difficulties with Attention

  • LanguageSummaryResources

    Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development **Aphasia **Causes of Hearing Loss in Children **Childhood Apraxia of Speech **Dysgraphia **Dyslexia Basics **All Children Can WriteHow Does Your Child Hear and Talk?Language and the AdolescentLanguage-Based Learning Disabilities **Language Disorders: Aphasia, Dysphasia, or Global Aphasia **When Older Students Cant Read **NICHCY- Info About Speech and Language DisordersOrton- Gillingham- Based and/or Multisensory Structured Language

    ApproachesSpellingWhy Reading is Not a Natural Process

    Motor: Fine and GrossSummaryResources

    Stages of Motor Development in Infants/Young Children **Working with Children Who Have Motor DifficultiesFine Motor Development: Tips for Parents **Specific Learning DisabilityEarly Identification: Motor Skills Milestones **Seven Ways to Help with Handwriting **Factors Effecting HandwritingGross Motor Problems **Dysgrahia

    Organization and Time ManagementSummaryResources

    Helping the LD Child with OrganizationAll Kinds of Minds: Getting Started on Assignments**All Kinds of Minds: Managing Time and Effort**All Kinds of Minds: Maintaining an Effective Work Place**All Kinds of Minds: Taking the Appropriate Amount of TimeLazy Kid or Executive Dysfunction?Schwab Learning:Effective Study and Test-Taking Strategies forKids with Learning DifficultiesSchwab Learning: Organization and Time ManagementStrategies**Helping your Child with Organization and Study Skills**

  • Metacognition/High Order Thinking/Problem SolvingSummaryResources

    All Kinds of Minds: Self-regulating Learning**Teaching Thinking Skills**Adolescents with Learning Disabilities: Unique Challenges and

    Reasons for Hope**Learning Disabilities: Metacognition, Motivation, and AffectReducing the Gap by Accelerating Disadvantaged Students Afterthe Third Grade Via a Thinking Development Approach

    Social, Emotional, Behavioral IssuesSummaryResources

    Teaching Social Skills to Kids Who Dont Yet Have Them **Tips for Developing Healthy Self-Esteem In Your Child **Social Competence and the Child with Learning DifficultiesLearning the Language of RelationshipsDos and Donts for Fostering Social Competence **Social Skills: The Bottom Line for Adult LD SuccessSelf-esteem Fact SheetThe Role of Emotions in Learning40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents (age 12-18) **Understanding Childrens Hearts and Minds: Emotional

    Functioning and Learning Disabilities **Effective Use of Time-OutStrategies for Teaching Students with Behavioral DisordersBullying: Peer Abuse in Schools **School Phobia/School Avoidance/School Refusal: A Handout for

    Parents **Positive Behavioral Interventions and SupportsAnger Overload in Children: Diagnostic and Treatment IssuesStudents Perspectives/Addressing Underlining Motivation

  • Visual-Spatial ProcessingDefinition

    Visual-Spatial processing is the ability to organize visual information into meaningful patterns(Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario). It involves interpreting and analyzing visualstimuli to make sense of it. This is a separate problem than blindness or sharpness of vision.A student with a visual-processing disorder may have 20/20 vision.


    Students with visual-spatial processing problems have difficulties with:

    Figure-ground discrimination not being able to determine which picture is in theforeground, and ignoring everything else around the object they should be attending to.

    Realizing an object has properties that do not change even though how and where theysee it may change.

    Knowing where an object is in space, and its special relationship to other objects thatare around it.

    Visual closure- the inability to see the whole picture when it is not complete. Example:asking a child to complete a picture of a face with one eye or the nose missing. Thestudent may not even recognize that it is a face to begin with.

    Form discrimination- the ability to tell a circle from a square and a b from a d.

    Visual discrimination- the ability to tell apart very similar items

    Visual memory- the ability to remember the meanings of symbols such as letters,numbers, math symbols, etc.

    Visual pursuit or tracking- the ability to track an object while sitting or standing still.

    Visual integration- the ability to see the object as a whole, and as parts that make up thewhole. Some children will be able to only see the parts, while others may only be able tosee the whole object.

    Oral or written directions

    Poor integration of sequential items such as days of the week and recipes.

    Remembering left and right.

    Motor functioning because of the connection of visual and motor. They are often calledclumsy because they often bump into things, place objects at the edge of the table sothat they fall off, and miss their seat when they go to sit down (LDOnline).

  • Accommodations/Modifications/Suggestions

    Allow students to use a word processor to complete work so that their poor handwriting is lessof a problem

    Books, worksheets, and other items in large print

    Give them a ruler that they can use to help guide their reading and help them to attend easier toa limited number of visual stimuli.

    For writing, make the paper the student is using more structured. One way to do this is themake the lines darker.


    Provide verbal instructions along with written ones

    Teaching them to anticipate the kinds of situations they might find difficult

    Use paper that is divided into large sections to help with teaching math problems

    Clearly space words on the page

    Have the student practice with find the item challenges, such as I Spy and Wheres Waldo

    Color code written instruction

    Provide a note buddy to check that notes are clear and organized

    Help them learn how to navigate through the school and learn the layout

    Practice social skills that focus on judging appropriate physical proximity to others



    Auer, C. & Blumberg, S. (2006). Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder: A FamilyGuide to Understanding & Supporting Your Sensory-Sensitive Child. New HarbingerPublications.

    Duff, J. (2005). Visual Spatial Processing and Disorders. Retrieved from the world wide web onMarch 23, 2007 from http://www.adhd.com.au/Visual_Processing_Disorders.htm

    Lavoie, R. (2005). Its Too Much Work to be Your Friend: Helping the Child with LearningDisabilities Find Social Success. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group.

    Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (2001) Operationalizing the New Definition ofLearning Disabilities for Utilization within Ontarios Educational System: Psychological

  • processes listed in footnote (a). Retrieved from the internet on March 22, 2007 fromhttp://www.ldao.ca/resources/education/pei/defsupp/e4.php.

    National Center for Learning Disabilities (1999). Visual and Auditory Processing DisordersRetrieved from the world wide web on March 16, 2007 from http://www.ldonline.org/article/6390.

    Neff, B, et al. (2006). The Source for Visual-Spatial Disorders. LinguiSystems.

  • Auditory ProcessingDefinition

    Auditory processing is the ability to analyze and make sense of information that is obtainedthrough hearing. A difficulty in this area is not a physical problem with hearing, but more of aproblem with understanding what has been heard.


    Students with auditory processing problems often have difficulties with:

    Phonemic Awareness- Understanding that words are made up of individual sounds.Difficulties in this area can lead to problems with reading because the student might notunderstand basic principles of phonics. They may also have problems with rhyming.

    Auditory Discrimination- the ability to recognize differences in sounds

    Difficulties:o Learning to reado Hearing a difference between similarly sounding words such as seventy and

    seventeeno Following directions and remembering detailso Seems to hear but not


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