Learning Stratergies for Students with Ld

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Strength in Learning Strategies and Information Processing Development Kimberly Coggins Grand Canyon University: SPE-557 June 26, 2013 The struggle with the inability to process and retain knowledge starts a journey of Learning Disabilities (LD) for students as early as kindergarten. This journey make a student take two-steps back before taking one step forward. Students with LD present deficits in one area of learning causing then to fall two-grade level behind their regular peers in school. Their ability to communicate and extend knowledge for growth is impacted by these deficiencies. It is critical for parents and teachers to identify these deficiencies early since the ability to process and retain information can be strengthen with learning strategies and information-processing development. Early identification is the best defense against LD since it will help to understand a student’s learning process to comprehension and understanding information. Knowing this is only half the battle because implementing strategies effectively is the other half. Knowing how a student with LD process and store information is key to achievement. According to Smith (2004), students with learning disabilities develop learning strategies and information processing skills in the typical order expected, but at a much slower pace. Their learning patterns are immature for their age and are compared with younger, average students as qualitatively unusual. In order for students with LD to succeed their way of learning has to be rearranged and redirected to help them understand their process for learning through learning strategies. Learning strategies, as discussed by Hughes, C. (2011), are ways to which a person thinks and acts when planning, executing, and evaluating performance while completing an academic task; in essence learning strategies teaches how to learn.
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