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Learning Disabilities

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A child with a learning disability cannot try harder, pay closer attention, or improve motivation on their own; they need help to learn how to do those things. A learning disability, or learning disorder, is not a problem with intelligence. Learning disorders are caused by a difference in the brain that affects how information is received, processed, or communicated. Children and adults with learning disabilities have trouble processing sensory information because they see, hear, and understand things differently.







  • May have difficulty with arithmetic, math language and math concepts
  • May reverse numbers
  • May have difficulty with time, sequencing and problem solving



  • May have difficulty writing ideas and/or organizing thoughts on paper
  • May reverse or omit letters, words or phrases when writing
  • May have problems with sentence structure, writing mechanics and organization
  • May frequently spell the same word differently in a single document
  • May read well but not write well (or vice versa)



  • May have poor reading ability or
  • May have difficulty reading addresses, small print and/or columns                                








It's all about giving students choices. "Kids love when they have options, and we're not getting cookie-cutter reports," said Fitch teacher Peggy Morris. "I see higher levels of thinking emerging, not just rote facts."

If formal testing is not the emphasis, how are students assessed?

  • written reports
  • detailed pictures
  • posters
  • oral reports
  • power-point presentations

How do teachers check for learning between projects?


     Spot Checks for Learning

UDL provides for spot checks using technology. In North Ridgeville, teachers check for knowledge with clickers. It is similar to a game show. Students using remote clickers have their answers show up on a smartboard screen linked to a computer. The teacher has instant feedback on who understands what concept. Ridgeville is the only school that has adopted this method of teaching throughout the entire school district.




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