Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Including Students with Learning Disabilities (SpLD)

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Inclusion and Access to Learning

DESCRIPTION This study-unit intends to introduce students to the field of Learning Disabilities. Learning Disabilities is a relatively new field and people with Learning Disabilities are the largest population within the field of Disabilities, having been and still are being often mislabelled and misunderstood. The students will also be exposed to multi sensory techniques with regard to intervention and teaching techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Define Learning Disabilities.
- Discuss Aetiology and Cognitive Difficulties.
- Explain Personality and Social Characteristics of profile of LD.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Assessment and Learning Disabilities.
- Define Dyslexia and Dyscalculia.
- Discuss the profile of ADhD as a related difficulty and within the context of co-morbidity.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Multi-sensory Techniques of Teaching Reading & Math.
- Explain how children with LD can access the Curriculum in the Classroom.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Write a child’s profile after observation at home, school, work and in the community.
- Critique curricula in light of LD profiles.
- Translate IEPS into inclusive intervention and teaching lesson plans.
- Explain Assessment reports.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Required Text:

Lerner, J. W., & Johns, B. (2011). Learning disabilities and related mild disabilities. Cengage Learning.

Reading List:

- Adams Marilyn Jager (1990) Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print Cambridge MA: MIT Press.
- Buzan Tony (2004) Mindmaps for kids – rev up for revision London: Harper Collins.
- Davis Ronald D. (1995) The gift of dyslexia UK: Souvenir Press.
- Hall Susan L. and Moats Louise C. (1999) Straight talk about reading USA: Contemporary Books.
- Lerner Janet W. (2006) Learning disabilities - theories, diagnosis and teaching strategies (9th Edition) NY: Houghton Mifflin Company.
- Lever Mel (2003) Measures and handling data : activities for children with mathematics learning difficulties London: David Fulton Publishers.
- Lever Mel (2003) Number: activities for children with mathematics learning difficulties. London: David Fulton Publishers.
- Lever Mel (2003) Shapes and space: activities for children with mathematics learning difficulties London: David Fulton Publishers.
- Raymond Sally (2003) Dragonfly games: developing and supporting dyslexic Learners 7-14 London: David Fulton Publishers.
- Thomson Michael (Ed.) (2003) Dyslexia included: a whole school approach. London: David Fulton Publishers.
- Tilstone Christine, Lacey Penny, Porter Jill and Robertson Christopher (2000) Pupils with learning difficulties in mainstream schools London: David Fulton Publications.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to Diploma in Facilitating Inclusive Education students.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Logbook Yes 30%
Project Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Ruth Falzon

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