Effective Study Strategies for Students With Learning Disabilities By Karen Loffredi EDUC 737
Why is homework such a struggle for the LD Child? A student with a learning disability has difficulty organizing information Difficulty with processing information, both auditory and visual Poor motor abilities Oral language difficulties Difficulty focusing and attending to the task Difficulty in learning, specifically, in speaking, listening, writing, reading, and mathematics
Students with learning disabilities need to learn effective study strategies.
The good news is that you can help the child be successful!
Parents and educators working together can teach the child effective study strategies that can lead to success throughout their lives!
How can parents help their children learn effective strategies? Discuss with your child a plan that can make studying and homework easier (ie; make a list) Find a quiet place for your child to study Decide on an appropriate time to do homework Check to make sure they have the appropriate tools for study(reference books, utensils, paper, etc.) Check their assignment notebooks daily and ask them to show you the materials needed to complete the work
What are some homework strategies that educators can teach to students with disabilities? Give clear and appropriate assignments Make accommodations in homework assignments Use a homework planner/assignment notebook Ensure clear home/school communication Teach study skills
A checklist can be used to answer yes or no to the following: Assignment notebook is complete for each class/subject Gather all necessary books, notebooks, materials and supplies Understand all assignments and due dates Ask or talk with appropriate persons regarding assignments if needed
Steps to Easier Learning Study Learn Review Overlearn Evaluate Better grades and higher test scores More Self-confidence … the easier learning becomes!
We can make a difference! Research confirms the importance of parents involvement (Epstein 2001, Hiatt, 2001) Teachers efforts to involve families promote the following: better student attendance higher graduation rate from high school fewer retentions increased levels of parent and student satisfaction with school more accurate diagnosis of students for educational placement in classes reduced number of negative behavior reports higher achievement scores on reading and math tests