Disability Areas

Disability Areas
ESE 633
Ashford University
Professor: Cynthia Martinek
September 9, 2013
Shayna Fairley-Clark

    According to the Learning Disability Association a learning disability is a disorder that impairs a child's ability to learn, despite the presence of an at least average intelligence. Students with learning disability process information differently than non-disabled students.   Children with learning disabilities may have a strength in one area of learning while displaying a deficit in another area.   A learning disability is a disorder in one or more basic psychological processes that may manifest itself as an imperfect ability in certain areas of learning, such as reading, written expression, or mathematics. I learned that learning disabilities can affect other areas of a person’s life besides just education.   Learning disabilities do not disappear once the student graduates.   This disability is an impairment that may have an influence on all areas of an individual’s life.   It is important to ensure that students with learning disabilities receive the services and accommodations that are needed for their success. These accommodations will benefit the student beyond their education years by assisting with participation in society.   This information impacts my teaching practices by opening up my thought process as to the skills the students will need to function in society.   Activities involving social skills, daily living skills, and career preparation need to be incorporated in classroom learning in some aspect.   Teachers tend to focus just on academics because of accountability.   Teachers want the students to gain information needed in order to pass standardized tests.   The transition plan part of the IEP usually focuses on these skills, but we usually leave this up to the guidance counselor or the vocational coordinator.   At the IEP meetings and treatment team meetings I would put more emphasis on focusing on different skills in the...