The student's perceptual problems may require a different presentation of learning material. For example, a visual learner will have difficulty learning from a lecture, which requires auditory skills. A note-taker or individual tutoring, both of which may be supplied by the DSS, may be required. On the other hand, a student who has difficulty with written symbols may need to use a reader or tape-recorder. A student whose ability to concentrate is hampered by auditory or visual distractions in the classroom, may require a secluded space to take tests or to do written work.
The student whose written work appears careless may not be able to communicate effectively in writing. Examples abound of scientists, mathematicians, and others who have poor reading and writing skills due to learning disabilities. Oral examinations and reports would provide more valid evaluations of what these students have learned. Or the student might use a typewriter or word-processor.
Although a learning disability cannot be "cured", its impact can be lessened through instructional intervention and compensatory strategies. Possible Modifications for Students with Learning Disabilities may be necessary. Some of these, as listed on the SMC student "Recommended Accommodations" form, might include:
- Alternative Assignment(s) [i.e. project, paper, demonstration, presentation, etc.]
- Books on tape
- Testing Accommodations
- Test-proctoring by DSS
- Extended time for tests.
- Test to be read to the student.
- Test to be dictated into tape recorder for transcription
- Use of a word processor, language master and/or spell-check