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Characteristics Of Learning Disabilities

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This course examines the characteristics of students with learning disabilities.  Causes attributed to learning disabilities, the referral process, and available program/service delivery options are examined. Various assessment and remediation techniques, as well as the utilization of appropriate classroom materials, are analyzed, and evaluative and curricular modifications for students in inclusive settings are explored.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Future Issues in Learning Disabilities

    • Analyze future issues related to teacher preparation and professional development in the field of learning disabilities.
    • Examine the role of technology in the education of students with learning disabilities.
    • Examine issues and challenges for adults with learning disabilities.

    Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation

    • Examine the processes of pre-referral, referral, and multidisciplinary evaluation.
    • Compare various types of assessment instruments.
    • Analyze the role of assessment in determining eligibility.
    • Analyze the relationships between assessment results and the development of an Individualized Educational Program (IEP).

    Educational Interventions

    • Analyze the various delivery services available to students with learning disabilities.
    • Examine the benefits and drawbacks of implementing a collaborative consultation model.
    • Examine various types of transition plans for older students.

    Philosophical, Historical, and Legal Perspectives on Special Education of Students with Learning Disabilities

    • Analyze the federal definition of “specific learning disabilities,” as well as some common components of various definitions of learning disabilities.
    • Identify the phases in the history of learning disabilities.
    • Analyze state and federal special education regulation procedures for identification, referrals, comprehensive evaluations, multidisciplinary conferences, Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), placements, and review of placements.  

    Characteristics of Learners

    • Examine personality and social characteristics of students with learning disabilities.
    • Examine learning characteristics of students with learning disabilities.
    • Examine cognition and language characteristics of students with learning disabilities.

    Etiology and Prevalence

    • Examine the prevalence of learning disabilities among children and young adults.
    • Compare and contrast medical and educational models of learning disabilities.
    • Identify different medically related issues in the field of learning disabilities.

    Basic Terminology and Acronyms

    • Define basic terminology associated with the study of learning disabilities.

    Instructional Content and Practice

    • Examine strategies for instructing students with learning disabilities in mathematics.
    • Analyze strategies for instructing students with learning disabilities in reading and written expression.

    Planning and Managing the Teaching and Learning Environment

    • Identify methods to improve the instructional interaction between the teacher and the student with learning disabilities.
    • Analyze some common methods for modifying assignments for students with learning disabilities.
    • Identify considerations to take into account when planning for students with learning disabilities in regular classroom settings.
    • Examine some common methods for modifying tests for students with learning disabilities.

    Managing Student Behavior

    • Examine various methods for addressing behavioral issues common to students with learning disabilities.
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