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Learning Services: Learning Differences

Learning Support for All Learners

 

Learning Services provides individualized academic support services to all students, regardless of disability status. We believe in you, and our resources are for all students by design. Whether you seek accommodations through Disability Services or not, it's up to you to leverage available academic resources, put in your best effort, and seek help when you need it. We're here for you.

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Learning Differences

 

Learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and executive functioning difficulties may impact academic performance by affecting information processing, reading, writing, organization, and test-taking. Neurodivergent students, including those with conditions like autism and ADHD, may experience sensory sensitivities affecting concentration, difficulties in social interactions and communication, executive functioning deficits impacting task initiation and time management, struggles with transitions and change, unique accommodation needs, potential stigma and misunderstanding, and challenges in preparing for the workforce.

Learning Services Supports These Common Challenges and Strategies

 

    Difficulty Processing Information
    •  Break tasks into smaller steps to reduce cognitive load

    •  Use visual aids such as charts, diagrams, or graphs

    Memory Impairment
    • Utilize memory aids (reminders, notes, apps)

    • Establish a consistent daily routine for predictability, which aids memory recall through familiarity.

    Difficulty Sustaining Attention
    • Implement a structured routine as a framework to reduce distraction

    • Use aids like fidget tools or sensory supports as outlets to channel excess energy and promote better focus

    Sensory Overload
    • Minimize sensory distractions, adjusting lighting, and use noise-cancelling headphones create a comfortable learning space

    • Take sensory breaks for relaxation

    Difficulty Expressing Thoughts
    • Use speech-to-text tools to convert spoken words into written text

    • Leverage non-verbal communication strategies, such as gestures or visual cues

    • Request alternative assessment formats to demonstrate knowledge beyond traditional written assignments

    Difficulty Organizing Tasks
    • Use visual organizers like calendars, planners, and digital apps

    • Break tasks into smaller, more manageable parts with clear deadlines for each

    • Ask for clarification; clear instructions and expectations make organization easier

    Time Management
    • Set realistic time estimates for tasks

    • Establish a consistent schedule to make it easier to allocate time effectively

    Difficulty Transitioning
    • Use visual schedules or timers as clear cues for when to move on to the next activity

    • Build in advance notice to make transitions more gradual

    Emotional Regulation
    • Develop coping strategies such as mindfulness or deep breathing, to supports emotional regulation

    • Assemble a toolkit with sensory tools and strategies as a tangible resource for managing strong emotions