Title

Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed in Spite of the Deficits

Location

Harborside Center East and West

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

This proposal relates to strand one, “Head”: Academic Achievement & Leadership in that it provides six researched based attributes that are predictors of success for students with learning disabilities. Understanding and nurturing these attributes can aid in a child’s development and ability to overcome the effects of LD. It is especially relevant to Title I educators and students as this presentation will offer hope for students whose academic performance is low and give strategies to educators that will aid in developing these attributes in theirs students, ultimately giving them a chance at success in spite of the academic deficits that may persist.

Brief Program Description

Success is measured by more than just academic performance. In this presentation, those who work with students with learning disabilities (LD) will learn about the six attributes that predict future success for this population of learners. Participants will be able to identify these six attributes and learn ways to aid in developing them in their students with LD.

Summary

Learning disabilities (LD) affect some 15 percent of the U.S. population. Today, almost 3 million school age students receive special education services because of learning disabilities. This presentation answers the questions, “Why grades aren’t the only predictor of success for students with learning disabilities?” The presentation is informative and full of practical strategies for those working in the trenches educating students with LD. It describes each of the six “success attributes,” as they are often called, – self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal-setting, support systems, and emotional coping strategies. It is delivered by a successful adult with LD who explains each attribute from the viewpoint of an individual who lives with LD. It also provides illustrations of how these attributes can aid in a child’s development and ability to overcome the effects of LD. The six “success attributes” has also been shown to lead to successful life outcomes for children with LD. These attributes have been shown more predictive of success than academic achievement and even IQ. Understanding and developing these success attributes can aid in a student’s development and improve their ability to overcome the effects of LD on their lives. Attendees will gain a practical understanding that will enable them to foster these various elements, values, and behaviors in their students. Case studies will be used to highlight successful outcomes in school and life for individuals with learning disabilities. Recommendations for how to develop success attributes in children with LD, as well as tips on how to recognize if a child possesses any of these important characteristics and behaviors are also included. Attendees will be given access to ready-to-use activities to help students succeed in school and life.

Evidence

This presentation is drawing on more than 20 years of groundbreaking research (one of the longest longitudinal research studies in the field of learning disabilities) tracking the lives of children and adults with LD, researchers at the Frostig Center in Pasadena, California have identified the six attributes that contribute to the success of student with disabilities.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Cindy Lumpkin, The LD Coach, is a former special education teacher and administrator who spent 10 years serving students with learning disabilities in public education. She is currently director of Triumph in Life, a non-profit organization she founded with the mission to inspire and educate those with learning disabilities.

She was named Outstanding Educator by the Council for Exceptional Children Chapter 077. An honor graduate of Virginia Union and Clark Atlanta University, she has devoted her life to inspiring and motivating others to overcome life’s circumstances.

To learn more visit: www.triumphinlife.com or connect on Facebook @Cindy Lumpkin, The LD Coach and Twitter @TheLDCoach.

Keyword Descriptors

learning disability, special education, dyslexia, students with disabilities, special needs students

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

3-3-2015 5:30 PM

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Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed in Spite of the Deficits

Harborside Center East and West

Success is measured by more than just academic performance. In this presentation, those who work with students with learning disabilities (LD) will learn about the six attributes that predict future success for this population of learners. Participants will be able to identify these six attributes and learn ways to aid in developing them in their students with LD.