In any educational context, there is a wide range of interests as well as learning strengths and areas of difficulty. A specific learning disability can stand in the way of a student’s positive experience of school and learning. And, if the student does not receive necessary support, it can hamper academic achievement. Moreover, even when learning disabilities are diagnosed and children receive help, these students may face discrimination by teachers and their peers due to underlying assumptions regarding the meaning of intelligence. In these lessons, students will work toward understanding what it means to have a learning disability. The goal is make them aware of prejudice and discrimination aimed at those with learning disabilities.
Teachers can find helpful information on some of the causes of learning differences, as well as tips on how to help students, at “All Kinds of Minds.”
The Learning Disabilities Association of America provides background on learning disabilities as well as up-to-date legal information and research on this theme.