A comprehensive learning assessment should precede the planning of a child’s educational program. Once factors affecting a child’s learning have been identified, results can help guide intervention. When making a decision on the best interventions for a Specific Learning Disability it is important to consider programs substantiated by research. What characterises an evidence-based intervention program is that it is explicit in its teachings of skills, and systematic in delivery, presented in small steps from easy to complex. They should contain practice and review of skills and could be delivered individually or in a group. It’s important to keep in mind that these programs take time and patience and do not give instant results, so be cautious when coming across program developers that claim “magic cures” (they are rarely cheap!). There are many evidence-based programs available and below are some examples.
- MultiLit (Making Up for Lost Time In Literacy) was developed at Macquarie University, Sydney. MultiLit addresses the needs of students with reading disabilities by providing an intensive, structured and systematic program of instruction in reading.
- Science Research Associate (SRA) McGrawHill Education provides a wide range of research based programs that are built on the Direct Instruction model developed by Siegfried Engelmann, which is an explicit and intensive instructional teaching method.
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