November 1, 2009

The terms short-term memory and working memory are shorthand for a variety of thought processes that capture, for a few seconds or moments, information. Unless a child with reading disabilities or other learning disabilities quickly makes an active, focused, and concen...

November 1, 2009

The most important lesson I learned from my learning-disabled (LD) students was the value in believing that they could do anything that I prepared well to teach them, using direct instruction, paired with strategies (or tricks, as I told them) to assure that they would...

Behavioral problems go hand in hand with learning difficulties (Todd, Horner, & Sugai, 1999). Oftentimes, it is unclear when a student is disruptive in the classroom if it is primarily due to a learning or a behavioral problem. Since challenging behaviors may often lea...

November 1, 2009

School based friendships are relationships that contribute to both the academic and social-emotional development of children. A body of research that spans many years has documented the numerous contributions that friendships make to an individual’s well being. One fin...

November 1, 2009

As our readers may be familiar, compromised social interactions and communication represent the defining characteristics of children with many developmental disorders, such as Learning Disorders (LD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Consequently, these children fin...

November 1, 2009

Many teachers recognize their students’ need to move throughout the day. They offer some wiggle time for younger students and an occasional stretch break for older ones. Many learners welcome the opportunity to get their blood flowing after sitting in the same position...

November 1, 2009

Rational numbers such as fractions “...are among the most complex and important mathematical ideas that children encounter before they reach secondary school” (Behr, Wachsmuth, Post, & Lesh, 1984, p. 323)—a very powerful statement about a topic often dreaded by student...

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