Teaching the Learning Disabled (8 part series)
Learning disabilities are often based on different ways of learning. Learn how to deal with motivation, organization, reading concepts, math strategies, multisensory learning techniques and science.
Teaching the Learning Disabled: Study Skills and Learning Strategies was produced with outstanding master teachers in Special Education to help professionals working with kindergarten through adults teach LD students across the curriculum. The tapes provide a good in-service for teachers who have mainstreamed LD students in their classroom and are excellent for programming with parent groups.
The series is divided into the following programs:
Tape 1: Introduction — Recognizing, Understanding and Overcoming Learning Disabilities Dr. Birsh, series editor, presents an overview of the TLD VIDEO PROGRAM with a brief look at all the educators in action. This tape will help teachers recognize learning disabilities. It explains learning problems and demonstrates practical teaching strategies. Ideal for the general classroom teacher with mainstreamed LD students and as a concise preview for the entire series. (33 minutes, Teachers K-Adult)
Tape 2: Motivation — How to Encourage the Learning Disabled Student Dr. Shepherd explains techniques teachers can use to instill motivation in learning disabled children so that these students can move from a feeling of learned helplessness to one of confidence, raising their self-esteem. She illustrates why children who struggle to learn have such a fragile sense of themselves. Her goal is to encourage teachers and parents to inspire students to work for the satisfaction learning rather than from a desire for approval. (30 minutes, Teachers K-Adult)
Tape 3: Organizing Time, Materials and Information Connie Burkhalter tells why study skills need to be organized and takes the viewer one step at a time through procedures that will help break old habits and build effective, new ways to learn. These essential thinking tools, once applied, will help the LD student cope with note-taking, classroom listening, studying and completing homework — usually insurmountable tasks. We know what the student needs to know — this tells how they can do it. (40 minutes, K-College)
Tape 4: Mathematics Learning Strategies Drs. Fleischner and Garnett explain how LD students actually solve math problems and give practical tips on how to get at the root causes of their math errors. With demonstrations of specific strategies, the tape covers problem solving, basic arithmetic, and makes points about number systems. (55 minutes, K-8)
Tape 5: Science for the Senses As a former Assistant to the Director of Science for the City of New York Public Schools, he was responsible for city wide pedagogical functions relating to Science Curriculum and Instructional Development. Dr. Kanis has written extensively about methods of science instruction for the classroom teacher. Dr. Kanis shows why science is particularly good multisensory subject for the LD student. He takes teachers through two lively, hands-on scientific experiments, which also stress the LD student's use of math and the language arts skills in the inquiry and process of science. He engagingly demonstrates how the scientific method can be applied to day-to-day problem solving situations with elementary and middle school students. (43 minutes, Grades 4-10)
Tape 6: Multisensory Social Studies Dr. Mastropieri, who specializes in strategies for teaching exceptional students, uses the model called reconstructive elaborations (mimetics, keywords, pegwords), to show how various skills can be adopted and mastered so that the LD student can confidently and successfully become involved in social studies. By using this model, content area information becomes more meaningful, familiar and concrete and, therefore, more memorable and ready for use in the regular classroom. (28 minutes, Grades 4-10)
Tape 7: Training the Brain to Learn Dr. Healy covers a wide variety of topics about the brain's development and how it relates to the difficulties encountered by the LD student. Practical guidelines for teachers who want to understand how study skills develop and help students acquire them. She offers insight and hope in talking about why some students' brains seem naturally "disorganized", what skills should we expect at different ages and how to deal with "memory problems". Maladaptive learning skills can be eliminated if the brain is exposed to new dimensions and ways of learning. She explains how. (30 minutes, Teachers of All Grade Levels)
Tape 8: Concept Acquisition and Early Learning — Part I Dr. Boehm shows how a firm grounding in basic concepts such as position, size, and quantity can enable the learner to move to more complex situations and problems. She demonstrates how the strategy interview can be used to find out why the LD student cannot grasp basic concepts, often used when teachers give directions. (30 minutes, K-Adult)
Tape 8: Concept Acquisition and Early Learning — Part II Dr. Williams presents her excellent synthesis of current research on teaching reading comprehension strategies — a carefully organized model for teaching reading comprehension to LD students. (30 minutes, K-Adult)
An extensive presenter's manual accompanies the TLD Series. This includes a summary of each DVD, viewing activities, resources and handouts.
Available in DVD format.
Running time: 319 minutes