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Learning Support for All Learners

The Learning Center offers individualized academic support services to all students, regardless of disability status. We believe in you, and our resources are for all students by design. It's up to you to develop strategies for learning, leverage available academic resources, put in your best effort, and seek help when you need it. We're here for you every step of the way.

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, adjust lighting, and use noise-cancelling headphones to 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 estimates for the time needed to complete 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

Disability Accommodations

Accommodations may be available for qualifying disabilities. 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, and potential stigma and misunderstanding.