Individualized Instructional Design for Overcoming Learning Disabilities

 

I know it is a struggle for both you and your child when your child struggles to learn.  However, it is possible to help your child overcome his learning disabilities, especially if you are able to homeschool your child and meet his learning needs.  When your child is in public or private school, it can be frustrating and discouraging when you know your child’s needs are not being met, but you aren’t in control of your child’s education. Because it is so difficult to force a school to provide needed instruction, we turned to homeschooling to overcome learning disabilities and have been very successful in our outcomes.

This Individualized Instructional Design section is the heart of the Learning Abled Kids website.  Herein you will find step-by-step instructions to help you design an individualized instructional program that will meet your child’s unique learning needs and enable him to overcome his learning disabilities.  In this day and age, there is absolutely no reason you cannot develop a viable program for your child, provide an effective learning environment, and use assistive technology to allow your child to learn.


SO, if you desire to develop an individualized program to help your child overcome his learning disabilities, it will be helpful if you first yourself a notebook with tabbed sections, preferably a 3-ring binder so you can easily add pages to it as we proceed through the individualized instructional design process.  Your binder will need at least 6 sections (maybe a couple more if you desire additional divisions of information).

The sections can simply be labeled Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Step 4, Step 5, and Step 6, or for greater clarity, you may want to label them as follows:

  1. Learner Analysis
  2. Task Analysis – Part A and Part B
  3. Designed Solutions
  4. Planning / Development
  5. Implementation
  6. Evaluation

The above steps are the primary steps in our Individualized Instructional Design process.  Some of the sections are much more involved than others, but each step is essential for enabling your child to overcome his learning challenges.  Your Learner Analysis and Task Analysis steps will be information gathering phases where you will acquire a lot of information.  The Designed Solutions and Planning/Development steps will primarily be research and planning phases that will help you find viable programs, educational tools, and creative means for meeting your child’s educational needs.  The Implementation step is exactly what it sounds like, it is an action step, and it will be the thinnest section of your notebook.  It is helpful to have this section to track your thoughts about changes you might make to perfect  your program, but there is little else that will actually go in that section of the notebook.   The Evaluation section will have subsections for short term, mid-term, and long-term progress checks for your child’s learning.  These progress checks are important for determining what needs changing and when to make changes to keep your program provisioning in line with your child’s real-time learning needs.

Given your notebook is set up, you are ready to get started!

You can get started by visiting, Step 1: Learner Analysis.

Additional steps will be made available in the coming days, so check back for the next step(s) when you have completed your Learner Analysis.

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