Microsoft Supports for students with LD Tara Wagg and Miranda Barry YRDSB Student Services Learning Goals Participants will: Establish a common understanding using the YRDSB Learning Disabilities Processing Chart
Explore how Microsoft Office tools support specific processing skills of a student with a learning disability Become familiar with a variety of tools embedded in Microsoft Office Suite 2007 Setting the Context In York Region District School Board, we believe that: ALL students can achieve
high standards given sufficient time and support Learning for All, Kindergarten to Grade 12 outlines many instructional and assessment strategies are good for all, necessary for some What is possible when Limitations are removed?
YouTube video: Rick Mercer Bungee Jumping Elbow Partner Sharing Share your thoughts with an elbow partner. Learning Disabilities Learning Disabilities refers to a variety of disorders that affect the acquisition, retention, understanding, organization or use of verbal and/
or non-verbal information. These disorders result from impairments in one or more psychological processes related to learning in combination with otherwise average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning. Learning disabilities are specific not global impairments and as such are distinct from intellectual disabilities. Learning Disabilities of Ontario, 2001 Learning Disabilities Contd
Provincial data from 2010/2011 confirms that approximately 43% of exceptional students have a learning disability. Assistive Technology ANY technology that allows a teacher to increase, maintain, or improve the
functional capabilities of a student with special learning needs. Assistive technology is good for all, essential for some. Microsoft Word 2007 A widely used Commercial Word Processor developed by Microsoft. MS Word offers several features to ease document creation
and edition, including: Spell Check Text Level Features External Support Page Level Features PowerPoint PowerPoint is a Presentation Software that offers word processing, outlining, drawing,
graphing, and presentation management tools. Presentations are a series of slides Users can print audience handouts Microsoft Excel 2007 A Commercial Spreadsheet Application used for various activities including: Calculations Graphing
Organization of data Spreadsheet Microsoft Publisher Publisher is a desktop publishing application. Users can create cards, posters, banners etc. Emphasis is placed on page layout and design rather than text composition and proofing.
WordQ An OSAPAC Licensed software Word Prediction, Editing, and Text-toSpeech software Phonological Processing Refers to the use of
phonological information, especially the sound structure of oral language, in processing written and oral information. Two key parts are phonological awareness and phonemic Phonological Processing - STRATEGIES Built in support in Microsoft Office
Highlight and select words to hear how word is pronounced LANGUAGE PROCESSING Language can be divided into comprehension and expression across all of its domainsoral, non-verbal, reading and writingany of
which can be affected in individuals with LDs. Language Processing STRATEGIES Built in support in Microsoft Office Suite, Includes: Sound objects (PPT,
MS, Excel). Auto-grammar features Look up word(s) and Synonym feature Language Processing STRATEGIES WordQ Supports with
predicting as they write Software reads assignments, test questions to support reading fluency VISUAL-MOTOR SKILLS Refers to the ability to co-ordinate the eyes and hands to
produce/guide physical movements such as the production of written work. A deficiency in this area can make it difficult to co-ordinate small or large Visual-Motor Skills STRATEGIES Built in support in Microsoft Office
Suite, Includes: Provide notes from PPT Ability to create graphic organizers in Microsoft Word Sound Objects Visual Spatial
(Perceptual) Skills Refers to the ability to organize visual information into meaningful patterns. Visual spatial processing deficits can show up as problems understanding and making sense of visual information
Visual Spatial (Perceptual) Skills STRATEGIES Built in support in Microsoft Office Suite, Includes: Excel to format and organize information in tables and charts Graph paper in
Excel Ability to make graphic organizers Memory Refers to the ability to retain information. Four types of memory: 1. Short Term
2. Long Term 3. Working Memory 4. Retrieval Memory STRATEGIES Built in support in
Microsoft Office Suite, Includes: MS page breaks PowerPoint use of visual information and short nuggets of information Excel use formula when computation skills are not the focus
Processing Speed Refers to the ability to perform simple talks quickly and efficiently. Delays in the ability to perform these small , simple tasks can delay the ability to perform more complex tasks Processing Speed STRATEGIES
Built in support in Microsoft Office Suite, Includes: WordQ to support need to decode text and word prediction Sound Object to record student answers
ATTENTION Refers to the ability to focus selectively on some activities, while ignoring others, to sustain concentration for periods of time, to resist distraction and to shift attention among tasks. Attention
STRATEGIES Built in support in Microsoft Office Suite, Includes: Opportune use of PowerPoint and Publisher to increase engagement MS word shapes to create Graphic
Organizers Highlight Executive Function Refers to the ability to plan and organize and monitor learning behaviour, and emotions. Executive function develops over time.
Executive Function Built in support in Microsoft Office Suite, Includes: MS Word highlight feature PowerPoint to support organization
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