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If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability, they may be entitled to a number of accommodations that will make learning much easier for them. The document that outlines the special programming a school will provide for a child with a learning disability can be referred to as  an IPP (Individual Program Plan),  an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or, in the USA, a 504 Plan

What are some of the accommodations you and your child could see on an IPP, IEP or 504 plan? Common Accommodations

Many parents need some help understanding what accommodations and/or modifications their child can receive once diagnosed with a learning disability. This chart clearly outlines the differences. Accommodations and Modifications: How they are Different

On top of receiving mandated accommodations and/or modifications, almost all students benefit from differentiated instruction and/or assessments. Here is a quick introduction: Differentiation Basics

If you are looking for a more in-depth article on how to differentiate in an inclusive or multi-ability classroom, 3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do is a great place to start. 

There are many strategies or tactics that consistently work when helping an exceptional learner meet their learning goals. These two quick articles for teachers are particularly good:  Refresher of Best Teaching Practices and Common strategies that work best with struggling learners            

None of these accommodations, modifications, or differentiated approaches to a child's education will work if a student does not know how to self-advocate. The following three articles offer a wide-range of possible strategies and suggestions. 

1. This list of sentence-starters provides both grade-schoolers and middle-schoolers with ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia  a valuable way to begin a conversation with a teacher or parent when advocating for their learning needs. 

2. The following tip-sheet provides a fairly comprehensive list of skills required during a self-advocacy interaction. This list can help a parent, student or educator zoom in on specific skills a student might need to learn: Fostering Self-Advocacy

3.  Decision Making plays a huge role in an older student's ability to advocate for their learning needs as they move onto high school and post-secondary. 

Advocacy is a skill. Let's ensure we teach it to all our students. 

Karen Goepen-Wee
Lesson Creator
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
What specific skills, strategies or models help students learn the vital skill of self-advocacy?
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