Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Date posted: October 4, 2013

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.

A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with the ability to store, process and/or produce information. It can affect the ability to read, write, speak, spell, compute, reason and remember.

It is estimated the learning disabilities affect 1 in 10 Canadians. Here is a sample of resources you can use to learn more about learning disabilities.


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 educators. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
This book offers activities that foster the six attributes that lead to long-term success for individuals with learning disabilities: self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal setting, use of social support systems, and emotional coping strategies.

The complete learning disabilities handbook : ready-to-use strategies & activities for teaching students with learning disabilities. 3rd ed.
Joan Harwell, Rebecca Williams Jackson. San Francisco: 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

How the special needs brain learns. 2nd ed.
David A. Sousa. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2007.
This book provides research information about common learning disabilities and suggests strategies that teachers can use to help students with specific learning problems.

For more books on learning disabilities, browse the Library’s list of books on learning disabilities. Many of these books are about learning disabilities in youth and adults.

To borrow any of these books, email library@decoda.ca


Beyond F.A.T. city: a look back, a look ahead. (DVD)
Workshop created and written by Richard D. Lavoie. Orangeville, Ont.: McIntyre Media, 2004.
F.A.T–Frustration, Anxiety, Tension–three all-too-familiar feelings for the families of children with learning disabilities. It is the basis for a 1987 workshop simulating the children’s daily experiences. Richard Lavoie, creator of the original F.A.T. City Workshop, reviews the history and philosophy of the project, the major trends and issues in the field of learning disabilities since 1987, and the challenges ahead for parents and educators

Deciphering dyslexia. (DVD)
Produced by the Knowledge Network, a National Film Board release. Canada: NFB, 2008.
“The Knowledge Network documentary Deciphering Dyslexia is designed to raise awareness and provide an understanding of dyslexia, to bring a human face to this invisible disability and to reduce the stigma surrounding it. The film profiles four individuals and their families. Their stories, along with expert commentary, illustrate the likely causes of the disability and the most scientifically sound strategies for intervention. ”

How difficult can this be : understanding learning disabilities : frustration, anxiety, tension : the F.A.T. city workshop. (DVD)
Workshop created and written by Richard D. Lavoie. Alexandria, Va. : Artwork PBS, 2004.
Host Richard Lavoie presents a workshop simulation of the world of a learning disabled student. This programme directs a group of teachers, counsellors and parents to do exercises in such a way that they experience the frustration, anxiety and tension that is the usual daily experience of a student with a learning disability. Includes discussion of mainstreaming, discipline and self-concept.

To borrow any of these DVDs, email library@decoda.ca


LD Online – A comprehensive source of information for educators, parents, and kits.

Learning Disabilities – This section of the Reading Rockets website contains links to a variety of articles of interest to parents and teachers.

National Center for Learning Disabilities – For Parents – This section of the American NCLD website has helpful information for parents, including the warning signs of LD and how to support your child.

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