A diagnosis by a psychologist who is an expert in the field of Learning Disabilities is important. The reasoning here is that such a diagnosis would not only identify learning problems but it would also entitle a student to receive special accommodations. These could involve:
- in-school remedial services;
- a reduced workload;
- extended time for exams;
- oral exams for those with written communication difficulties;
- permission for the older students to use note-takers or record classes.
These accommodations would be applicable throughout a student’s academic career and this includes college and university studies as well.
The next posting will address why a remedial reading program needs to be simple in nature.