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Understanding Learning Difficulties – A Guide for Parents
Learning difficulty or disability?
What do we know about types of learning disabilities?
Dyslexia – What we know explained
Dysgraphia – What we know explained
Dyscalculia – What we know explained
Other developmental disorders that can impact on learning
Developmental language disorder
Developmental coordination disorder
Identifying and diagnosing specific learning disabilities
Importance of early identification
Who can diagnose a specific learning disability?
How is a specific learning disability diagnosed?
Diagnostic criteria for specific learning disorder diagnosis
The Response to Intervention (RTI) model
What to do next: A decision making chart for parents
Selecting a successful intervention program
Can intervention actually ‘cure’ a learning disability?
What does the research tell us about different interventions?
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) explained
Let’s look at the use of Assistive Technology
What is Assistive Technology and how can it help?
What are some examples of assistive technology?
Supporting students with learning disabilities
Helping to improve the learning outcomes of all students
Effective communication between home and school
The rights of students with learning disabilities in the education system
What to look for in the school setting
Explaining a learning disability diagnosis to your child
Can a learning disability really be considered a gift?
Children with learning disabilities may have low self-esteem
Recognising and supporting children with low self-esteem
When is low self-esteem considered a concern?
Appendix 1: Processing weaknesses are common in children with learning disabilities
Appendix 2: A Parent’s Guide to IEPs
Appendix 3: Structured Synthetic Phonics: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Appendix 4: Examples of High Quality, Evidence-based Phonics Programs
Appendix 5: Recommended Apps List
Appendix 6: Useful Resources for parents