spe559 | Graduate
Characteristics Of Learning Disabilities
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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.
Characteristics of Learners
- Examine cognition and language characteristics of students with learning disabilities.
- Examine personality and social characteristics of students with learning disabilities.
- Examine learning characteristics of students with learning disabilities.
Instructional Content and Practice
- Analyze strategies for instructing students with learning disabilities in reading and written expression.
- Examine strategies for instructing students with learning disabilities in mathematics.
Assessment, Diagnosis, and 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).
- Examine the processes of pre-referral, referral, and multidisciplinary evaluation.
- 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.
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.
Future Issues in Learning Disabilities
- Examine the role of technology in the education of students with learning disabilities.
- Examine issues and challenges for adults with learning disabilities.
- Analyze future issues related to teacher preparation and professional development in the field of learning disabilities.
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.
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