First, recognizing that spending some time making accommodations/modifications for these students is, in the terms of our economically-driven society, cost beneficial.Second, and most significantly, educators need to understand why standard academic practices do not work for SLD students and how they do learn.The number of SLD students in colleges and universities is rising.
New terms refocus attention from an overall deficiency to a narrow developmental disorder that affects how the student learns.Two terms, specific learning disorder (SLD) and specific developmental disorder (SDD), emphasize that these disorders are specific in nature, suggesting specific coping strategies for individual disorders (Wender 5, 14; Eckwall 315-316).Additionally, more SLD students now begin postsecondary education because distance learning and on-line courses provide easier access for them (Cook).Postsecondary administration and faculty must realize that these students are not just in developmental classes or in the community colleges; SLD students are enrolled in all courses.These students can learn, and can excel in academics.
They just learn differently (Shaywitz, Davis 3, Levine qtd in Prescott 18-19, La Voie Understanding Learning Disabilities, Krantrowitz 72-74, 78).
This number has increased approximately 10% in the last ten years.
In 1993, 25% of all college students identified themselves as learning disabled, and in 2000 this number increased to approximately 33% (NCLD).
He's holding two library books in his hands like someone holds a food tray. I'm trying not to draw attention to him, so I continue my instructions and avert my gaze.
My attempts are useless, since he's right in front of me and since the entire class turned to look at him the moment he threw open the door.
Thus, our challenge as educators is to help SLD student discover different methods of learning, without requiring excessive amounts of time or dramatically restructuring our courses.