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[Parts of this section were adapted from the pamphlet "College Students with Learning Disabilities", Association on Higher Education and Disability, Columbus, Ohio, 2011.]
Learning Disabilities (LD) is a general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of communication, reasoning, or mathematical skills.
ADHD is a diagnosis applied to children and adults who consistently display certain characteristic behaviors over a period of time. The most common core features include:
In order to meet diagnostic criteria, these behaviors must be excessive, long-term, and pervasive. As with other disabilities, ADHD substantially restricts one or more major life activities for the student. These criteria set ADHD apart from the "normal" distractibility and impulsive behavior of childhood, or the effects of the hectic and overstressed lifestyle prevalent in our society.
College students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficits are intelligent, talented, and capable. Typically, they have developed a variety of strategies for compensating for their learning disabilities. However, the degree of severity of the disability varies from individual to individual.
Students with LD may have difficulty with the underlying cognitive processes that involve the acquisition, application, integration, and expression of information. These may include difficulties with:
Students with LD may have difficulty with executive functioning tasks such as planning, organizing, decision-making, self-monitoring, and evaluating the effectiveness of learning. These may manifest themselves as difficulties with:
Learning disabilities can affect one or more areas of academic achievement such as reading, writing, expressive and receptive language, math, science, and technology.
Students with LD may have problems in one or more of the following:
Given the proliferation of online and blended courses in college, competencies with instructional and learning technologies are essential for all college students, including students with LD. Students with LD may have problems in one or more of the following areas with technology and the use of the Internet:
Many students with LD may have limitations in social skills which spill over into relationships with others. Students with LD may have problems in one or more of these social-skill areas:
University students with LD who have weak social skills often have parents who have managed their social agenda for them in high school and may feel obliged to do the same in college ("helicopter parents").
Faculty play a critical role in helping students who may have learning disabilities and attention deficits by referring them to OSWD. Once identified, faculty can develop accommodations that will permit students with learning disabilities to fully access lecture and course materials.
Strategies for teaching the ADHD student:
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