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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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: What are Learning Disabilities?

Lesson 2: Types and Prevalence of Learning Disabilities

Lesson 3: Causes of Learning Disabilities

Lesson 4: How Learning Disabilities are Diagnosed and Classified

Lesson 5: Academic Placement Challenges

Lesson 6: Learning Disabilities and ADHD

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

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

Lesson 9: Dealing with it – Famous People with Learning Disabilities

Lesson 10: Coping with a Learning Disability

Lesson 11: Increasing Confidence

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class .

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment20
Lesson 1 Exam8
Lesson 2 Assignment20
Lesson 2 Exam8
Lesson 3 Assignment20
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment20
Lesson 4 Exam9
Lesson 5 Assignment A20
Lesson 5 Assignment B20
Lesson 5 Exam7
Lesson 6 Assignment20
Lesson 6 Exam8
Lesson 7 Assignment35
Lesson 7 Exam8
Lesson 8 Assignment30
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment20
Lesson 9 Exam9
Lesson 10 Assignment20
Lesson 10 Exam9
Lesson 11 Assignment20
Lesson 11 Exam10
The Final Exam30
Total Points:390

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