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Welcome to the Learning Disability Web Page

Lake Tahoe Community College

 

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Do you feel that you have definite learning strengths and weaknesses?

 

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Do you feel that the weaknesses are causing you to do poorly in one or more of your classes?

 

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Is there a class you are avoiding because of your weaknesses?

 

Learning Disabilities assessment may help you to better understand these strengths and weaknesses.  You may learn areas you need to remediate, strategies that would assist you, and you may qualify for academic accommodations.

If you are interested in being tested, please come by the Disability Resource Center (room A205) for more information, and to make an appointment with a Learning Disability Specialist.  You can call to schedule an appointment at (530) 541-4660, ext. 249.  All counseling and testing is completely confidential.

 

Characteristics of College Students with Learning Disabilities

Students with Learning Disabilities have average to above average intelligence, but they learn differently from other students.  They may do well in most areas but have some that are way below their overall ability level. 

Some typical characteristics of college students with Learning Disabilities are listed below.  Of course, no student has all of these problems.

READING

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Confusion of similar words, difficulty using phonics, problems reading multi-syllable words

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Slow reading rate and/or difficulty adjusting speed to the nature of the reading task

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Difficulty with comprehension and retention of material that is read, but not with material presented orally

WRITING

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Difficulty with sentence structure, difficulty with grammar, omitted words

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Frequent spelling errors, inconsistent spelling, letter reversals

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Difficulty copying from the board or overhead

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Poorly formed letters, difficulty with spacing, capitals, and punctuation

ORAL LANGUAGE

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Difficulty attending to spoken language, inconsistent concentration

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Difficulty expressing ideas orally which the student seems to understand

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Problems describing events or stories in the proper sequence

MATH

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Difficulty memorizing basic math facts

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Confusion or reversal of numbers or operational symbols

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Difficulty copying problems, aligning columns

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Difficulty reading or comprehending basic word problems

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Problems with reasoning and abstract concepts

STUDY SKILLS

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Difficulty with organization and time management

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Difficulty following directions

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Poor organization of notes and other written materials

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Need more time to complete assignments

 

 

 

Facts About Learning Disabilities

 

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The student with a Learning Disability generally has average to above average intellectual potential.

 

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A Learning Disability is something that people are born with -- they do nothing to cause it.

 

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People do not grow out of a Learning Disability.  Appropriate instruction is needed for success with reading, writing, spelling, math, and the other academic subjects.

 

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If a person has a Learning Disability, there is nothing wrong with his brain.  He simply learns subjects by a different method.

 

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Learning Disabilities are not contagious.  It is now generally believed that Learning Disabilities are genetically-based and tend to occur in families.

 

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Learning Disabilities affect each person differently.

 

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Many famous people, like Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, are believed to have had Learning Disabilities.

 

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A student with a Learning Disability can succeed in college.  She may need some support and accommodations, but she can be successful with higher education.

 

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Most important:  Students with Learning Disabilities are not stupid.  They experience failure because the wrong learning strategies were used.  Once the proper methods are used, they can be successful with academics.

 

 

 

 

Links to Learning Disability-related web sites

 

Lake Tahoe Community College Disability Resource Center Web Page:

http://www.ltcc.edu/student_services/disability/

 

Learning Disability Association of America

http://www.ldanatl.org/

 

Attention Deficit Disorder - ADDvantages

http://www.add.org/

 

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)

http://www.rfbd.org

 

Charles Schwab 

http://www.schwablearning.org/index.asp

 

Learning Disabilities Association of California

http://ldaca.org/

 

AHEAD:  Association on Higher Education and Disability

http://www.ahead.org

 

Gerry Lewin's Web Page - Santa Barbara City College

http://www.west.net/%7Eger/index.html