Learning Disabilities – Specific strategies for reading, writing & math

Accommodating math students with learning disabilities. In Focus on Basics, Vol. 4, Issue B.(Online)
Rochelle Kenyon. Boston, MA: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, 2007.
Available at http://www.ncsall.net/?id=325

The adult reading toolkit: a research-based resource for adult literacy.
Margaret (Marn) Frank, Victoria Weinberg et al. Minneapolis, Minn.: LDA of Minnesota, 2007.
»The ART includes six chapters covering phonemic awareness, beginning phonics skills, intermediate decoding, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Each chapter includes background information, assessment ideas, instruction activities, use of authentic materials, recommended curricula and software and references. Six toolkits of reproducible assessment and instructional activities follow. Appendices include tools for informal assessments and instructional activities, study materials, and lesson plan organizers.

Changing the way we teach math: a manual for teaching basic math to adults.
Kate Nonesuch. Duncan, BC: Malaspina University-College, 2006. Also available online at http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/mathman/cover.htm

Classroom strategies for interactive learning. 3rd ed.
Doug Buehl. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association, 2009.
»This third edition features teaching strategies that are adaptable for students of all ages and that are appropriate for helping students learn in all curricular areas.

Dealing with dyscalculia: sum hope 2.
Steve Chinn. London, UK: Souvenir Press, 2007.
»Written for people who have difficulty with math, this book explains basic principles of math and how they can be used in everyday life. A wide range of math skills are covered. Includes material on dyscalculia and case studies.

Dyscalculia: action plans for successful learning in mathematics.
Glynis Hannell. London: David Fulton, 2005.
»Outlines what is meant by dyscalculia and offers numerous practical ways to address these difficulties.

Games for language learning.
Andrew Wright, David Betteridge & Michael Buckby. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
»This comprehensive collection of language games is mainly for adolescent and adult learners from beginner to intermediate level. The games are designed to maximize challenge, creation, play and success while minimizing competition.

Family math fun!

Kate Nonesuch. Duncan, BC: Vancouver Island University, 2008. Also available online at http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/familymath/cover.htm

In a reading state of mind: brain research, teacher modeling, and comprehension instruction.
Douglas Risher, Nancy Frey & Diane Lapp. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association, 2009.
Combining reading, comprehension and neuroscience, this book reviews what happens in the brain as a person reads and explains how a teacher can effectively model comprehension and word solving strategies.

Instruction and assessment for struggling writers: evidence-based practices.
Gary A. Troia (Ed.). New York: The Guildford Press, 2009.
»This book focuses on how to provide effective instruction to K-12 students who find writing challenging, including English language learners and those with learning disabilities or impairments. Topics include writing workshop instruction, strategies to support the writing process, motivation, and self-regulation, classroom technologies, spelling instruction for diverse learners, and assessment approaches.

Interactive think-aloud lessons: 25 surefire ways to engage students and improve comprehension. (Book + DVD)
Lori Oczkus. NY: Scholastic, 2009.
»Lessons for modeling comprehension strategies such as connecting, predicting, inferring, questioning, summarizing, monitoring/clarifying and evaluating. Written for the elementary classroom, but ideas are adaptable.

Learning disabilities: simple assessment and proven teaching techniques.
Holly Keutzer. Chetwynd, BC: Holly Keutzer, 2011.
»This resource contains tools from an Orton-Gillingham Multisensory workshop conducted at the Northern Lights College, Chetwynd. Workshop presenters were Gloria Olafson and Stephanie Lindstrom of the Fraser Lake chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia. The first tool is a chart describing common areas of deficit, their possible impacts on a student, and suggestions for resources and strategies to improve learning. The second tool contains a 1 hour diagnostic tool to discover strengths and weaknesses, with a diagnostic lesson plan and advice on analyzing the diagnostic tool.

Lessons from nothing: activities for language teaching with limited time and resources.
Bruce Marsland. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
»This practical sourcebook contains about 70 language teaching activities which do not require extensive equipment or preparation. There are activities for a variety of ages and levels.

Math dance with Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern.
Karl Schaffer, Erik Stern & Kim Scott. Santa Cruz, Ca: MoveSpeakSpin, 2011.
»Whole body math and movement activities for the K-12 classroom.

More writing out loud.
Deborah Morgan. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2002.
»This writing program provides support and encouragement to beginning writers.

My math path: 4,5 and 6. (CD)
Sylvie Trudel. Victoria, BC: Province of British Columbia, 2011.
This CD-ROM contains the textbook for the Moodle math courses, My Math Path 4, 5 and 6. My Math Path 4 covers decimals, My Math Path 5 covers fractions, My Math Path 6 covers ratios, percents, power roots and statistics. The courses may be found online at http://www.mymathpath.com

Number sense and number nonsense: understanding the challenges of learning math.
Nancy Krasa & Sara Shunkwiler. Baltimore, Paul H. Brookes, 2009.
»Designed for educators and researchers, this book looks at how the brain and mind work during math learning in children. There is a comprehensive research review and bibliography.

Overcoming difficulties with number: supporting dyscalculia and students who struggle with maths. (Book + CD)
Ronit Bird. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2009.
»This book provides detailed strategies for teaching numeracy skills through a progression of practical activities and visualization techniques. Topics include games and puzzles for learning number components, bridging, multiplication, division and reasoning strategies. The CD contains accompanying resources, games, activities and puzzles. While written for those working with students aged 9 to 16, it can be adapted for use with adults.

Real life literacy: classroom tools that promote real-world reading and writing.
Kathy Paterson. Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers, 2006.
»The lessons in this book use literacy situations students will face in everyday life, including demystifying labels, purchasing and paying, decoding production instructions, schedules and guides, using personal planners, and completing forms.

READ: seventy strategies to support reading success.
Kimberly Kimbell-Lopez & Carrice Cummins. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
Techniques and strategies based on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Reading and learning: a handbook for adults.

Pat Campbell. Edmonton, AB: Grassroots Press, 2003.
»Written for learners, this book identifies things to do to help you learn and improve your reading. It also looks at some things that may make learning difficult.

Report for Whole Life Project “Basically Writing”.
Saanich Peninsula Group 2010. Brentwood Bay, BC: Diane Kirby, 2011.
»Report on a workshop organized to learn and adapt the “Step-up-to-writing” system. Includes sample worksheets created during the workshop.

A sound approach to spelling.
Christine Pinsent-Johnson. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2010.
»This workbook is intended for students who have difficulty spelling vowel patterns even though they can spell consonant sounds and blends. It contains 15 units and black line masters that can be photocopied.

Teaching foundation mathematics: a guide for teachers of older students with learning disabilities.
Nadia Naggar-Smith. London, UK: Routledge, 2008.
»This resource provides 29 ready-to-use math lessons for use with adult learners with moderate to severe learning difficulties. The lessons are divided into number, shape and measure. Tutor’s notes, teaching objectives, detailed lesson plans and worksheets are included.

Teaching reading comprehension to students with learning difficulties.
Janette K. Klingner, Sharon Vaughn & Alison Boardman. New York: Guilford Press, 2007.
»Written for teachers whose students have reading difficulties, this offers research-based recommendations on assessment, vocabulary instruction, and practices to promote comprehension before, during, and after reading.

Teaching reading to adults: a balanced approach.
Pat Campbell. Edmonton, AB: Grassroots Press, 2003.
»Author draws on her experience to integrate participatory theory and practice with the needs of literacy students and available resources.

Teaching writing to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.
Donovan R. Walling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006.
»This book emphasizes matching teaching method to learning style. It offers instructional strategies and sample lessons.

Unjournaling: daily writing exercises that are not personal, not introspective, not boring.
Dawn DiPrince & Cheryl Miller Thurston. Fort Collins, Colo.: Cottonwood Press, 2006.
»This resource has 200 writing prompts suitable for writers from middle school through adult. The prompts are particularly suitable for those who don’t feel comfortable sharing personal details in a class or group setting. Sample responses are included.

Visual tools for differentiating reading & writing instruction.
Roger Essey, Linda Rief & Amy Level Rocci. New York: Scholastic, 2008.
»Explains how to use simple drawings and storyboards with struggling readers and writers as a tool to help students clarify, organize, and present their ideas.

Write what you see: 99 photos to inspire writing. (Book + CD)

Hank Kelllner. Fort Collins, Colo.: Cottonwood Press, 2009.
»This book contains a collection of black and white photos accompanied by a variety of writing prompts. A CD-ROM included with the book contains all the activities and allows you to project the photos and activities for classroom use.

Writing out loud. 2nd ed.

Deborah Morgan. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2002.