What Methods Do I Use to Teach Those with Learning Disabilities?

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In general, the difference between learning disabled students and so called "normal" students is that the former usually require more practice and repetition before they can retain or apply information.

The tutorial challenge is to provide this repetition in diverse and interesting ways.  One-to-One Home Tutoring has developed a precise series of targeted worksheets, stories, games, & puzzles that specifically reinforce each skill until mastered.

When working with the learning disabled, the basic approach is to teach skills by building on the student's abilities and strengths while correcting and compensating for disabilities and weaknesses.  To accomplish this, the methods and materials must be tailored to each child’s individual learning style.


Learning Styles

Every individual processes information in a distinct and unique way. We all use all of our senses to learn, but some learners depend more on one sense than another.  Those who rely primarily upon

  • Sight, are known as “Visual Learners”
  • Hearing, are known as “Auditory Learners”
  • Movement or Touch, are known as “Kinesthetic or Tactile Learners”

These individual inclinations are referred to as individual learning styles.

Learning styles are defined by the way people prefer to learn.

Determining a student’s learning style is a crucial component of successful tutoring.

The instructional materials and techniques I use are carefully adapted to include all three styles of learning.

For reading, writing and spelling instruction, a multi-sensory approach will be incorporated into the basic remediation program.

My preference is The Wilson System, a comprehensive program that specifically addresses the learning style of students with language-based learning disabilities.  All skills and knowledge are reinforced through visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile senses. Many NY area school districts use this program with great success.

If a child is diagnosed as ‘Dyslexic’ or ‘Learning Disabled’ and requires specialized techniques, such as a multi-sensory approach, these methods can be incorporated into the One-to-One Home Tutoring Program.

In such cases, instruction is based largely on the methods and materials utilized in

The Wilson Reading System - A highly-structured multisensory language program based upon the
Orton-Gillingham Principles and Philosophy for Teaching Reading and Spelling

Here are some links for you to reference for more information:

Wilson Language Program

Orton Gillingham - Phonics

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