​​​​​​​Working with Students With Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities have become the general term for a variety of specific disabilities including dyslexia, developmental aphasia, dysgraphia, expressive dysphasia, and oral receptive dysphasia.  

Another term sometimes used for learning disabilities is neurologically impaired.   Students with learning disabilities have trouble taking information in through one or more of the senses and expressing that information accurately.  The information often gets "scrambled."  Thus, it is important that learning disabled students receive and transmit information in a form that works best for them


Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Provide a syllabus with clearly delineated expectations and due dates.
  • Provide a class outline of each class session.
  • Review key points at the end of each class.
  • Provide study questions or practice exams that familiarize students to your format.
  • Provide examples of good projects or research papers from previous years.
  • Allow time for an early draft of a paper or project to be turned in for feedback.
  • Use multiple formats, such as visual aids, three-dimensional models, charts/graphs or auditory examples when presenting information.
  • If you are using the blackboard or other visual aids describe verbally what you are showing the class.
  • Allow the student to use the accommodations listed on the approved accommodation letter from the Office of Accessibility and Inclusion.