ERIC Number: ED363036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Supervising Employees with Learning Disabilities. Revised Edition. Guidelines.
Reisman, Elaine S.
This manual presents guidelines for supervisors of employees with learning disabilities. Guidelines were developed from both the author's supervisory experience and from a research study surveying employers to identify support systems and techniques to enable supervisors to work more effectively with these employees. The survey, which included 65 complete questionnaires and 27 personal interviews, identified problems that this population experiences, including low self esteem, insecurity, inability to follow directions, distractibility, perseveration, and limited social skills. Principles underlying effective supervisory strategies emerged, including: (1) proper job placement is the first step to successful employment; (2) the supervisor should be committed to training and hiring people with special needs for the work force; (3) specialized supervisory skills are needed; and (4) deficits can be converted into assets. Specific supervisory strategies are listed, divided into two groups: first, general techniques for working with employees with learning disabilities and, second, specific problem behaviors and strategies for handling them. The final section addresses qualities of the on-site supervisor which contribute to effective job performance by the employee with learning disabilities and sources of supervisory consultation and support for the supervisor. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Employees, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Guidelines, Job Skills, Learning Disabilities, Supervision, Supervisory Methods, Supervisory Training, Supported Employment, Surveys
For the 1990 edition, see ED 322 653.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A