Learning Disabilities – General teaching strategies & principles

The 6 success factors for children with learning disabilities : ready-to-use activities to help kids with learning disabilities succeed in school and in life.
The Frostig Center. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
»Research uncovered 6 attributes that lead to long-term success for individuals with learning disabilities. This book offers activities that foster self-awareness, pro-activity, perseverance, goal setting, use of social support systems, and emotional coping strategies. While aimed at school teachers, the activities can be adapted for use with adults.

10 best teaching practices: how brain research, learning styles, and standards define teaching competencies.
Donna Walker Tiletson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2005.
»Practical guide details basics of differentiated teaching, teaching for long-term memory, collaborative learning, higher-order thinking skills and technology integration.

The active teacher: practical strategies for maximizing teacher effectiveness.
Ron Nash. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2009.
»Outlines a holistic approach to effective teaching based on planning and classroom management and facilitation. Written mainly for high school teachers but contains suggestions that can be used in adult education settings.

Addressing learning disabilities with the medicine wheel. (DVD)
Written and produced by Lisa Fisher & Barb Busalacchi. Mount Currie, BC: Ts’zil Learning Centre, 2011.
»This 5 minute DVD shows how the Ts-zil Learning Centre uses the four elements of the medicine wheel to address the needs of First Nations students with learning disabilities.

Adult literacy and learning disabilities: best practices for success: a resource manual for practitioners. (Online)
Ann Wagner & Joan Perry. Fredericton, NB: The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, 2007.
Available at http://www.en.copian.ca/library/learning/alld/alld.pdf
»A comprehensive resource manual compiled for using during a 5 day institute on learning disabilities.

Artifactual literacies: every object tells a story.
Kate Pahl and Jennifer Rowsell. New York: Teachers College Press, 2010.
»Explores how everyday objects can be used to generate literacy learning. “Featuring vignettes, lesson examples, and photographs, the text includes chapters on community connections, critical literacy, adolescent writing, and digital storytelling.” Introduces a framework of artifactual literacy that includes drawing, gesture, oral storytelling, and multimodality as well as reading and writing.

Beyond differentiated instruction.

Jodi O’Meara. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin, 2010.
»A 10 step framework for putting differentiation into practice.Includes examples and tools.

Centre for Alternative Learning.(Website)

Havertown, PA: Center for Alternative Learning, 1999-2010.
Available at http://www.learningdifferences.com/
»This site has language and math materials for students who learn differently. The focus is on learning strategies, not diagnosis. There is a free online course that Canadians may audit on characteristics of individuals who learn differently.

Complete learning disabilities handbook: ready-to-use strategies & activities for teaching students with learning disabilities. 3rd ed.
Joan Harwell & Rebecca Williams Jackson. San Francisco, Ca: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
»A comprehensive source of information, strategies, and activities for working with learning disabled students. The focus is mainly on school aged children, with a section on adolescents and adults.

Creative expression in transformative learning: tools and techniques for educators of adults.

Chad Hoggan, Soni Simpson & Heather Stuckey. Malabar, Fla.: Krieger, 2009.
»This guide describes various tools and methods that use creative expression to support transformative learning in adults. Includes meditation, movement, creative writing, collage, and music.

Destination literacy: identifying and teaching adults with learning disabilities.
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada. Ottawa, ON: The Association, 1999.
»This resource includes screening and academic assessment of adults at risk for learning disabilities, teaching strategies, and lesson ideas.

Differentiated instructional strategies: one size doesn’t fit all. 2nd ed.
Gayle H. Gregory & Carolyn Chapman. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin, 2007.
»Practical techniques for adjusting teaching based on individual students’ knowledge, skills, experience, preferences and needs. Includes planning models, templates, matrices, rubrics, graphic organizers, checklists and questionnaires.May be adapted for use with adults.

Differentiating instruction for students with learning disabilities: best teaching practices for general and special educators.
William N. Bender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2008.
»“Instructor-friendly, standards-based techniques for teaching students with special needs” – back cover. While written for school teachers, this book contains techniques and strategies that can be adapted for adult literacy learners.

Differentiating with graphic organizers: tools to foster critical and creative thinking.
Patti Drapeau. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin, 2009.
»This resource shows how to use graphic organizers to differentiate instruction. Examples given for K-12 teachers.

Enhancing adult motivation to learn: a comprehensive guide for teaching all adults. 3rd ed.

Raymond J. Wlodkowski. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
»Based on current educational and neurobiological research, this book looks at what motivates adults to learn and offers a framework and sixty practical, research-based strategies to encourage adult learner motivation. Includes information on working with linguistically and culturally different learners.

Handbook of learning disabilities.
H. Lee Swanson, Karen R. Harris & Steve Graham. New York: Guilford Press, 2003.
»This book reviews the major theoretical, methodological, and instructional advances in the field of learning disabilities from the 1980s to the early twenty first century.

Help for the struggling student.
Mimi Gold. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003.
»Strategies to enhance attention, memory and organization in school age students.May be adapted for use with adults.Includes pictures and worksheets that may be photocopied.

How learning works: seven research-based principles for smart teaching.

Susan A. Ambrose et al. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
»Based on research about how students learn, this book identifies 7 principles of learning and the practical strategies that support learning. Appendices include information on teaching tools such as rubrics, concept maps, exam wrappers and checklists. While intended for college instructors, the information can be adapted for all adult learners.

Introducing access for all: supporting learners with learning difficulties and disabilities across the curriculum.
Department for Education and Skills, Great Britain. Nottingham: DfES, 2003.
»This resource is part of the British government literacy initiative.

Keys to Effective LD Teaching Practice. (Online)
Margaret Horne Lindop. (Ed.) Knoxville, TN: Center for Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee, 2002.
Available at http://www.cls.utk.edu/pdf/keys_ld/keys_ld.pdf
»This resource book offers the practical experiences of practitioners using various instructional strategies and approaches reflecting “LD appropriate instruction”. Included are tools for LD awareness, screening, planning and teaching/learning as well as personal stories about learners and teachers.

Landmark East School Adult Literacy Program.
Wolfville, NS: Landmark East School, 1999.
»“A three year pilot project funded by a grant from the National Literacy Secretariat. The purpose of the pilot was to research and develop a program to meet the educational and vocational needs of adult learners with specific learning disabilities.”

Learning disabilities.
Pat Hatt. Toronto, ON: Ontario Literacy Coalition, 2001.
»Highlights new, innovative and successful practices relevant to LBS funded agencies across Ontario.

Learning disabilities: strategies to help adult learners in their quest for success! (DVD)

Desneiges Profili. Trail Bc: Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, 2011.
»This DVD contains a PowerPoint presentation with embedded video that presents an overview of Kate Nonesuch’s “Head, Heart, Hands, and Self workshop: a holistic approach to working with adult learners:. It includes information about working with adult learners who experience difficulties in learning. The accompanying booklet includes an overview of the project and tips for viewing the DVD.

Learning progressions for adult literacy. (Online)
New Zealand: Tertiary Education Commission, 2008.
Available at http://www.tec.govt.nz/Documents/Publications/Learning-progressions-literacy.pdf
»The learning progressions in this document provide a framework that shows what adult learners know and can do at successive points as they develop their expertise in literacy learning. It includes the prerequisite skills and understandings for reading and writing basic words, and looks at the sequence of skill development. Professional development resources that show how to use the learning progressions are available online at http://www.literacyandnumeracyforadults.org.nz/Learning-progressions.

Learning to achieve: a professional’s guide to educating adults with learning disabilities. (Online)
National Institute for Literacy. Washington, DC: NIFL, 2010.
Available at http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/L2AProfessionalGuide2010.pdf
»This comprehensive guide provides information on characteristics of adults with LD and descriptions and examples of practical intervention strategies in adult education programs.

Learning to listen, learning to teach: the power of dialogue in educating adults. Rev. ed.
Jane Vella. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2002.
»Twelve principles and practices that ensure dialogue and effective adult learning.

Literacy & learning disabilities special collection: success for adults with learning disabilities. (Online)
Knoxville, TN: Center for Literacy Studies, 2006.
Available at http://ldlink.coe.utk.edu/home.htm
»Contains links to the ‘Bridges to Practice’ Guidebook on serving adults with learning disabilities.

Literacy matters: strategies every teacher can use.
Robin Fogarty. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin, 2007.
»Defines and reviews 15 practical literacy approaches with suggested teaching strategies. Written for school teachers, a few of the strategies are not appropriate for adult learners.

Meeting the challenge of learning disabilities in adulthood.
Arlyn J. Roffman. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes, 2000.

Multisensory teaching of basic language skills. 2nd ed.

Judith R. Birsch. (Ed.) Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks, 2005.
»This reference book looks at how to use multisensory teaching approaches to help students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities develop skills in areas including phonological awareness, fluency, comprehension, composition, letter knowledge, spelling, handwriting and math. Mainly written for K-12 teachers, includes chapter on working with high functioning adult dyslexics.

Narrative and the practice of adult education.

Marsha Rossiter & M. Carolyn Clark. Malabar, Fla.: Krieger, 2007.
»This book examines narrative learning and a narrative approach to adult education. It is based on the power of personal experience narrative as a path to transformative learning and personal growth.

Preparing students with disabilities for college success: a practical guide to transition planning.
Stan F. Shaw, Joseph W. Madaus & Lyman L. Dukes III. Baltimore, Md.: Paul H. Brookes, 2010.
»Written for transition personnel, counsellors and educators, this book shows how to help students with mild to moderate, non-visible disabilities make the transition to college.

Problem-posing at work: popular educator’s guide.
Nina Wallerstein & Elsa Auerbach. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2004.

Strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities.

Lucy C. Martin. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2009.
More than 100 practical strategies, interventions, and activities to build students’ academic abilities. »Strategies are organized by skills, including attention, reading, writing, math, organization, and test-taking. Developed for K-12 general and special education classrooms.

Strategy instruction for students with learning disabilities.
Robert Reid & Torri Ortiz Lienemann. New York: Guildford Press, 2006.
»This book presents strategies that can be used to improve self-regulated learning, study skills and learning in specific content areas including writing, reading, and math.Designed for teachers of elementary and secondary students with learning disabilities.

Taking the mystique out of learning disabilities: a practical guide for literacy tutors.
Ricki Goldstein. Ottawa, ON: Laubach Literacy Canada, 2000.
»This guide for literacy tutors provides information about learning disabilities and presents best methods for encouraging students.

Target literacy: a learning disability resource guide.

Pat Hatt & Eva Nichols. Toronto: Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, 1992

Teaching adult literacy: principles and practice.
Nora Hughes & Irene Schwab. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press, 2010.
»This general guide to adult literacy practice includes a section on dyslexia and learners with global learning difficulties.

Teaching adults with learning disabilities.
Dale R. Jordan. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Co., 1996.
»This book looks at the causes of specific learning differences and describes successful strategies that enable LD learners to succeed. Included is information on dyslexia, visual perception patterns that block reading ability, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and attention deficit disorders.

Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal Design for Learning.
David H. Rose & Anne Meyer. Alexandria,Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002.
Also available online at http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/
»This book covers the neuroscience of learner differences, effective uses of new digital media in the classroom, and how the creation of flexible curricula helps everyone learn more effectively. Practical applications of UDL in goal setting, selection of instructional methods and materials, and fair and accurate assessment are included.

Teaching students with fetal alcohol syndrome/effects: a resource guide for teachers.
Julie Conry. Victoria, BC: Ministry of Education, Skills & Training, 1996.

Teaching with emotional intelligence: a step-by-step guide for higher and further education professionals.
Alan Mortiboys. New York: Routledge, 2005.
»This book contains activities and checklists to help teachers develop skills in communicating and developing a relationship with learners.

Tutor. 8th edition.

Ruth Johnson Colvin. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2009.
»This new edition includes a chapter on learning disabilities.

Understanding and promoting transformative learning: a guide for educators of adults. 2nd ed.
Patricia Cranton. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
»This book explains the theory of transformative learning, explores individual differences in transformative learning, and presents strategies to promote transformative learning. This edition has new information including the role of imagination and spirituality, and the importance of affect.

Universal design for learning: a guide for teachers and education professionals.

Council for Exceptional Children. Arlington, Va.: Council for Exceptional Children, 2005.
»This book provides the basics of universal design for learning (UDL) and offers practical guidance on how it can be implemented.

Using humor to maximize learning: the links between positive emotions and education.

Mary Kay Morrison. Toronto, ON: Rowman& Littlefield Education, 2008.
»The benefits of using humour for learning along with suggestions and activities that help educators use humour in the classroom are included.

Vision: seeing the possibilities beyond. Exploring the use of structure of intellect (SOI) and sensori-motor integration exercise within literacy programs.Final report.
Michelle Lebeau. Victoria, BC: AVED, 2003.
»This report evaluates the application of structure of intellect, sensori-motor, and other tools in a literacy project. The project explores and documents the learners’ and facilitator’s perceptions of how these tools impact learning disabilities, measure the impacts on 26 learning abilities, and identifies other factors that affect learning.—Intro