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Learning Disabilities: What You Need to Know

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Welcome to our course on learning disabilities. Learning disabilities affect thousands of students (and adult non-students) from all areas of life. In this course, adults as well as students, parents, relatives and teachers will learn the basics regarding the identification and characteristics of different learning disabilities, and which types are most commonly diagnosed. While this course is not intended to provide an in-depth view of learning disabilities, students will learn the basics regarding causes of learning disabilities, and how they're diagnosed and classified.

Academic placement challenges for the learning disabled exist in schools around the country, from pre-K through high school and postsecondary environments. We'll introduce students to the most common accommodations taken in classroom environments that help teachers develop well-rounded educational development plans for meeting the needs of mainstream, and learning disables students. You'll gain a greater understanding and appreciation for different types of instructional strategies often initiated for the learning disabled, as well as practical approaches to such strategies by teachers and educators.

Learning disabilities often accompany and coincide with additional social or behavior issues, such as lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. We'll introduce a few famous people who have not only accepted their learning disabilities, but learned to cope and overcome many of them. Coping with a learning disability is not easy for students, parents, or teachers, so tips and strategies for parents and teachers when it comes to coping is a topic broached within this course.

Finally, we'll define the seven different types of learners, and the best approach to instruction for each in home and school environments. We'll conclude the course with various methods that parents and teachers can take to help students, deal with stress and expectations, as well as instilling a sense of confidence and self-esteem in those diagnosed with a learning disability.

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Lesson 1: What are Learning Disabilities?

This lesson will define learning disabilities and discuss the many signs and characteristics that often accompany these learning difficulties. 28 Total Points
  • Review Article: Classifying Learning Disabilities
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Types and Prevalence of Learning Disabilities

In this lesson, we'll discuss the most common types of learning disabilities, break them down into prevalence of age groups, from toddlers to adults, and then offer a brief summary of the most commonly identified and treated learning disabilities. 28 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Common Signs of Learning Disabilities; Learning Disabilities in Children; US ADHD Statistics
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Causes of Learning Disabilities

In this lesson, we'll focus on a handful of causes of learning disabilities and briefly define them to give parents, teachers, and family members a greater understanding of how broad the realm of a learning disability really is. 29 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: What Causes Learning Disabilities; Genetic factors contributing to learning and language delays and disabilities; What role genetics play; Learning Disabilities In Males
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: How Learning Disabilities Are Diagnosed and Classified

In this lesson, we'll briefly explain how learning disabilities are diagnosed, through a variety of assessment processes. 29 Total Points
  • Review Article: Understanding Testing for a Learning Disability
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Academic Placement Challenges

In this lesson, we'll delve deeper into some of the challenges that confront teachers, school districts, and other students when it comes to learning disability accommodations in a classroom environment, as well as special education needs. 48 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: Top 8 Tips for Choosing Quality Programs for LD Students; College Advising and Placement: Specializing in Students with Learning Disabilities and ADD/ADHD; Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities: A Review of Issues; Class Placement Options
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Learning Disabilities and ADHD

In this lesson, we're going to define the difference between a learning disability and ADHD, and how ADHD specifically affects learning in children and adults. 28 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 10 Suspect Causes of Autism and Learning Disabilities; What is ADHD?
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Instructional Strategies for Learning Disabilities (Part One)

Our next two lessons focus on instructional strategies for learning disabilities and different approaches to such strategies. 43 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: Teaching Guide; Successful Strategies; Successful Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities; Educators/ LD Online
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Practical Approaches to Instructional Strategies for Learning Disabilities (Part Two)

In this lesson, we'll provide basic practical approaches to such situations, but teachers and parents should always be open to exploring options and possibilities when it comes to teaching a child with any learning disability. 40 Total Points
  • Review Article: Educational Approach in Constructivism and Behaviorism
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Dealing With It: Famous People With Learning Disabilities

A glimpse back into history has determined that many famous individuals from around the world and throughout history experienced numerous learning issues. 29 Total Points
  • Review Video: Famous People with LD Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Coping With a Learning Disability

In this lesson, we'll focus on tips and strategies parents and teachers can utilize to help children deal with a learning disability. 29 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Helping Children with Learning Disabilities; Coping With a Learning Disability, My Life Long Companion; Top 5 Emotional Difficulties of People with Learning Disabilities
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Increasing Confidence

In this lesson, we'll focus on how those with learning disabilities can deal with stress, and how parents can help instill confidence and self-esteem in their children. 60 Total Points
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  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Learning Disabilities: What You Need to Know
Course Number: 8900192
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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Course Fee: $55.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $80.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define learning disabilities.
  • Describe characteristics of learning disabilities.
  • Know types and prevalence of learning disabilities.
  • Know causes of learning disabilities.
  • Describe assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities.
  • Describe educational placement alternatives and accommodations.
  • Know learning strategies for students with learning disabilities.
  • Describe methods for teaching students with learning disabilities, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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