ASSIST for Learning Disabilities (LD)

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The ASSIST for LD program is designed to assist classroom teachers in providing evidence-based interventions for a student in their classroom with LD. The program focuses on providing a deeper understanding of children with LD, as well as how to develop and implement adaptions in the classroom that support different areas of cognitive processing and academics. Additional supports such as remediation and assistive technology are addressed, as well as topics such as comorbid disorders, study skills, and social skills.

The ASSIST for LD Sessions:

Session 1 All About LD: An overview of LD and interventions

  • All About LD
  • Impact of LD
  • Interventions for LD
  • Self-Care for Teachers & the Team Approach

Session 2 Taking the First Steps: A framework for thinking about cognitive processes and how they impact school functioning, guidelines for the frist steps in developing a Support Plan, and preparation for school-home communication

  • Toolbox Analogy
  • Cognitive Processes and Academics
  • Developing an ASSIST Support Plan
  • Gathering Information on Your Student
  • School-Home Communication
  • Special Topic - Motivation

Session 3 The Support Plan: Developing and implementing a plan to address cognitive processing difficulties

  • Reviewing the Steps to Building an ASSIST Support Plan
  • Completing Step 2: Your Student's Profile of Cognitive Processing Strengths and Difficulties
  • Completing Step 3: Identifying and Implementing Strategies to Address Cognitive Processing Difficulties
  • Special Topics - Adaptations are (NOT) Unfair

Session 4 Adding to The Support Plan: Developing and implementing a plan to address academic difficulties, and a look at assistive technology

  • Further Developing the ASSIST Support Plan
  • Completing Step 4: Your Student's Profile of Academic Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Completing Step 5: Identifying & Implementing Strategies to Address Academic Difficulties
  • Special Topic - Assistive Technology

Session 5 Additional Needs: Characteristics associated with LD and strategies to support them

  • Strategies to Address the Associated Chracteristics of LD
    • Social
    • Attention
    • Behaviour
    • Organization
    • School Disengagement 
  • Special Topic - LD and Anxiety/Depression

Session 6 Keep Moving Forward: Information on planning for the future, addressing comorbid disorders, preparing for transitions, and wrapping up the ASSIST program

  • What's Next - How to Continue with the Support Plan
  • Transition Planning
  • Changing Symptom Presentations
  • When is Further Specialized Assessment Needed?
  • Helpful Resources
  • Celebrating Successes
  • Points to Remember