Language-based learning disabilities (LBLDs) such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD, impact over 2.4 million students in the United States and represent over 45 percent of all students receiving special education (National Center for Education Statistics 2018). These disabilities are frequently viewed as a continuum of interacting learning challenges (Silver 2016). Indeed, over 44 percent of children identified as having ADHD are also identified as having a learning disability such
In this article, I offer five kid-friendly language-to-writing activities to add to your arsenal! I have found that when I present these activities in a spirit of adventure and fun and encourage students each step of the way, they are much more likely to engage willingly - even enthusiastically - in the learning process. And an engaged writer is a much more successful writer! So, I welcome you to experiment with one or more of these activities, adapting them to the child’s level and integrating
Do you know any children who struggle with writing? No wonder. More skills are involved in writing than any other academic subject. But the one skill often considered to be the foundation of successful writing isverbal language. The majority of children with writing difficulties have underlying verbal language disorders, yet many of these children are not properly identified.In this article, I will briefly clarify the association between verbal and written language, and offer “red flags” for ref
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