Students with severe learning disabilities still perplex me. Even though I know quite a bit of the theory behind various learning disabilities… I still don’t understand it. I don’t understand because I just can’t relate. I’ve tried putting myself in their place, but no matter how much I try to find something in my own experience that mirrors theirs, I just can’t.
I know how to modify curriculum. I know how to break down tasks into small, exact steps. I know about color coding, multiple modalities, and a plethora of other things to help a student with LD to be “successful”. What I don’t know is if these adaptations/modifications actually help the student learn (and retain what they’ve learned). How do these help with problem solving and integration of concepts? These are questions I asked when I was getting my sped endorsement. I never received a satisfactory answer — instead all of the answers pertained to passing classes.
I’m not talking about “mild” LD here. I’m talking about the kids who have significant working memory impairments and/or processing deficits and/or language disorders.
My kids with emotional disturbances (no such thing as a behavior disorder anymore) I can relate to (not sure what that says about me).