Learning Disabilities: What You Need to Know


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Course Description

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.

 

Learning disabilities are caused by a number of factors that result in millions of individuals - children and adults – experiencing difficulty in several areas of function within a learning environment. Understanding the characteristics and identification of learning disabilities, and their types and prevalence, helps parents, teachers and those diagnosed with a learning disability to overcome academic and social challenges.

As knowledge equates to power, information regarding the causes of learning disabilities, how they're commonly identified and treated, and how they are assessed and accommodated are important topics for millions. Many people confuse learning disabilities with learning problems, but they're not the same animal.  A learning disability is defined as a noticeable learning difficulty in one or more specific academic areas. Learning disorders are based on clinical diagnoses, wherein an individual has met specific criteria in frequency, intensity, and degree of symptoms and issues.

In today's society, we often lump learning disabilities into one group, but there are actually more than half a dozen causes of learning disabilities that may affect an individual's ability to read or comprehend the written word, to perform mathematical or rational equations, as well as an inability to write correctly or legibly.

Throughout this course, we'll focus on types and prevalence of learning disabilities, causes of learning disabilities, and how parents and teachers can devise instructional strategies to help those with learning disabilities. Practical approaches to instructional strategies will be briefly summarized for multiple age groups.

The most important thing for any individual diagnosed with a learning disability or learning disorder is to realize they are not alone. Some of the greatest and most powerful individuals in the world, from Albert Einstein, to Abraham Lincoln, experienced one or more types of learning disability.

Identification -- Signs of a Learning Disability

Learning disabilities are not always easy to identify. Because of differences in ages, behavior patterns, lifestyles, and upbringing, many children are not diagnosed with a learning disability for months, and even years. Following are common signs and characteristics that parents, teachers and professionals can utilize to narrow down the possibility of a learning disability.

Pre-K

  • Slow growth of vocabulary
  • Difficulty determining the right word to define an object or idea
  • Slowed verbalization
  • Difficulty learning the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers or days of the week
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Slowed fine motor skill development
  • Often difficult interaction with those of the same age
  • Difficulty with pronunciation (this is after determination of no physical factors or deformities that may affect speech, including varying degrees of deafness, cleft palate, etc.)

Kindergarten through Fourth Grade

  • Difficulty remembering data or facts (history, spelling, math)
  • Difficulty learning new skills (often, such individuals lean on memorizing)
  • Consistent reversal or inversion of letters, such as d/b or m/w
  • Routinely confuses or has difficulty writing or reading math signs
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Difficulty with reading analog or digital clocks
  • Poor coordination
  • Often accident prone

Fifth Grade through Eighth Grade

  • Consistently reverses the sequence of letters
  • Difficulty grasping the difference between root words, suffixes, and prefixes
  • Resists reading out loud
  • Difficulty with handwriting, often as a result of an awkward pencil grip
  • Resists writing assignments
  • Difficulty recalling facts

High school and Adulthood

  • Continuous misspelling
  • Continued avoidance of writing and reading assignments
  • Difficulty rationalizing open ended questions
  • Poor memory skills
  • Difficulty grasping abstract concepts
  • Resists new environments and settings
  • Is either über-focused or disregards details
The common signs of learning disabilities, as mentioned above, are often seen in many individuals who have no learning disability or disorder. After all, children develop at different stages, depending on upbringing, immersion into learning environments, and learning and teaching styles.  he same goes for adults.  However, such signs should not be ignored by parents of any aged child, or by an adult who is having difficulty with their job responsibilities, obligations or tasks.

Characteristics

Keeping in mind that, again, learning types and behaviors differ among individuals, it may be eye-opening to view the data regarding learning disabilities among children and adults. 

According to education.com, nearly 3 million school-age children in the United States today have been classified with specific learning disabilities and receive -- or have received -- special educational support. This breaks down to roughly 5 percent of school-age children in public school environments having been diagnosed with a learning disability. Of course, this percentage doesn't include those who are home-schooled, or who attend private or religious-based schools.

Learning disabilities do not focus on specific ethnic or racial groupings, but it does seem that boys are more often diagnosed with a learning disability than girls, at approximately a 3-to-1 ratio. In addition, between the ages of six and nine, the number of students who receive special education increases, while the most common age group (42 percent) are between 10 and 13 years of age. As children enter young adulthood between the ages of 16 and 21, a sharp decrease in research and statistics exists.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America provides information regarding adults with learning disabilities, stating that many girls who experienced a learning disability during their high school years were likely to drop out, many of them as a result of pregnancy (this data suggests that poor grades, low levels of confidence and self-esteem, lead many to simply give up). 

Men seeking stability in their jobs and careers are, to a great extent, dealt with failure, with many of them only capable of maintaining entry-level positions or jobs with no career growth potential. Interestingly, studies regarding inmates and parolees in the criminal justice system estimate between 40 percent and 65 percent of those incarcerated in the criminal system have a learning disability, as well as other factors, including addictions and psychiatric disorders.
 
Conclusion

The above statistics are not at all meant to imply that a learning disability equates with failure. Quite the contrary.  Many famous individuals have overcome or learned to deal with and adapt to their learning disabilities, and have gone on to lead extremely productive and lucrative lives. The key toward dealing with, and sometimes even overcoming, a learning disability depends on the type of learning disability one faces.

 

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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
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Helping Children with Learning Disabilities; Coping With a Learning Disability, My Life Long Companion
  • 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
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • 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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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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Course Title: Learning Disabilities: What You Need to Know
Course Number: 8900192
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
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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