ERIC Number: ED299001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-30
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The L. D. College Student: Program Proposals.
There are several definitions of "learning disability," all of which involve a description of perceptual processing problems. The classic dyslexic problems are letter and word reversals by people of average or above average intelligence. Other common behaviors that may help instructors to identify dyslexic students include poor reading, inability to reproduce the alphabet, and memory dysfunction. Often, a good indicator of dyslexia is a perceived discrepancy between expected and actual student performance. Many tests are available for diagnosing and understanding learning disabilities, including the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, the Wide Range Achievement Test, and the Malcomesius Specific Language Disability Test. Informal tests can also be devised--merely having students write the alphabet, days of the week, and months of the year can identify most dyslexic students. Though the community colleges in Ontario (Canada) have no legislative mandate to serve special needs students, a significant proportion of the students attending the colleges have learning disabilities. Providing academic modifications, such as taped textbooks and note-taking assistants, or providing remedial assistance by volunteer tutors, are just a few ways to help. More knowledge about learning disabilities and a positive attitude will prove beneficial not only to the dyslexic student, but to teachers as well. A 25-item bibliography and a modified visual/auditory/kinesthetic/tactile (VAKT) spelling lesson are included. (AJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, "The Human Dimension" (St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, May 30-June 1, 1988).