Accommodating specific learning disorders in the classroom

For repeated spelling errors and word substitutions, it may help to provide the correct spelling for the word above or to the side of the incorrect word, and to underline or circle the letters that are different, particularly if they are transposed.

You can also ask the Writing Center tutors to look for and go over such spelling issues with the student (send a written note with the student for the tutor).

Students who, like Albert, do not learn well in traditional educational situations are often labeled learning disabled. Learning disabled literally means not able to learn and creates a stigma for learning disabled students.

Allowing specific accommodations gives all students a level “playing field,” and allows the student with disabilities an equal opportunity to prosper academically and contribute to society.

Once a child has been formally identified with a learning disability, the child or parent may request accommodations for that child's specific needs.

Which classroom accommodations can help children show what they know without their learning or attention issues getting in the way?Specific Teaching Strategies Spelling and Punctuation: Consider not lowering the student’s grade for spelling or punctuation errors on timed exams. Students’ difficulty with spelling and punctuation increases drastically under timed conditions.Thus asking for a focus on spelling or punctuation under these circumstances can deflect the student’s attention from the main exam goal—demonstrating an understanding of course material.Such students often do markedly better when taking exams on a computer and using the spell-check function.When correcting a students’ spelling, punctuation, or misused words, don’t simply mark what is wrong, but help the student see the correct version.

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