Learning Disability Archives

We create iPhone, iPad, and iTouch reading apps for upper elementary and middle school children. These apps are especially helpful for children with reading issues such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Learning Differences (LD)
  • Non-Verbal Learning Issues (ND)
  • Fetal Alcohol Issues (FAS, FASD)
  • Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Slow Readers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Visual Processing Disorders
  • Auditory Processing Disorders

Adults will also enjoy these stories as we have added Spanish, German, and French, and Chinese to some of the apps, which have proven to be a great and easy way to learn foreign languages!

Here is a list of our current iPhone, iPad & iTouch Apps:

Gulliver’s Travels, Voyage to Lilliput by Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels, Voyage to Brobdingnag by Jonathan Swift

Greek Myths: Theseus, Icarus, Daedalus, & The Minotaur

Teaching 220 Sight Words using a fun story of 4 brothers on a Quest

 

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

 

The sci-fi story of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

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Sam, the Boy with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

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INTRODUCTION

It is usually the parents or teacher who realizes the child has some kind of learning disability. If you are a parent, you might notice that they are not as verbal as other children of their age, or they might not be able to identify their shapes, letters, or numbers. Teachers might be the first ones to notice that the child gets very restless and refuses to sit when being taught certain concepts at school. It is very important for a teacher or parent to identify these learning disabilities as soon as possible.

WHAT ARE LEARNING DISABILITIES (LD)?

Learning disabilities are usually permanent issues that affect a person’s ability to absorb and retain new information. Some conditions can go hand-in-hand with LD such as ADD, ADHD, OCD, or autism but are not learning disabilities as such. Also being deaf, blind, or having an arm missing are not learning disabilities.

Most often Learning Disabilities are:

  • Dyslexia – issues with reading
  • Dysgraphia – issues with writing
  • Dyscalculia – issues with numbers
  • Auditory Processing Disorder – issues not with hearing but understanding oral information
  • Visual Processing Disorder – issues not with seeing but understanding visual information
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder – issues with communication, social skills, and motor coordination

WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD HAS LD?

It is CRITICAL that action is taken when an issue has been identified. As a parent, do not wait by assuming they will “grow out of it.” LD children can be very successful, when there is early and intense intervention.

  1. Have your child tested, either by the school district or by a private testing facility.
  2. After the testing is complete, have a meeting and discuss the results.
    • Bring other people to the meeting who are involved in the day-to-day life’s of your child (nanny, grandmother, older brother, etc.).
    • Have somebody take notes.
    • Ensure you understand what your child is diagnosed with.
    • Ask for more information, resources, plan of action.
    • If the school district did the testing, ask for what kind of accommodations your child needs. Do not take no for an answer. Some school districts are reluctant to provide any kind of services.
    • If privately tested, have the facility provide you with a lists of appropriate schools (both private and public), tutoring services, and online programs.

Determine if your child is eligible for a 504 or IEP (Individual Education Plan). The 504 plan allows for certain accommodations (extra time, use of calculator) while an IEP will have accommodations and services such as 2 hours per week of special education in reading.

ACCOMMODATIONS @ SCHOOL

If a child has learning disabilities, there are many accommodations that can be made, depending on their age and severity of their needs. Listed below are just a sample of accommodations that are often made with LD children at school

  • Provided extra time for assignments and tests
  • Provided additional breaks
  • Preferred seating in the classroom
  • Having the assignment and tests read to them
  • Having the use of a calculator or multiplication tables
  • Having shorter assignments (instead of 30 spelling words, only 5)
  • Having a scribe that takes notes or writes down assignments
  • Use whatever pen, pencil, and paper they prefer
  • Taking tests orally versus written
  • Being able to type the answers
  • Allow for the use of a computer or iPad within the classroom
  • Shorter school days
  • Have two books: one at home and one at school
  • Teacher provide notes that the child can fill in

ACCOMMODATIONS @ HOME

When a child with Learning Disabilities comes home, they are often tired from all the effort they put out in school. You might have to adjust their activities, chores, and homework amount.

  • Let them decompress after school.
  • Buy them an iPad as this device has a lot of benefits for the child. There are literally thousands of good apps in the App Store that can help them get and stay organized, plan homework, and improve their reading such as eReading: Gulliver’s Travels.      

CONCLUSION

If your child is falling behind or not progressing as fast as you think they should, get them tested and evaluated. Early intervention is important as well as appropriate accommodations. This way your child can and will be successful.

Jolanda Witvliet

www.eReadingbook.com

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift. He actually wrote the book to be four distinct trips:

Voyage to Lilliput

Voyage to Brobdingnag

Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib,  and  Japan

Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms

The book Gulliver’s Travels was designed to read like a travel journal written by a gentleman named Lemuel Gulliver. Mr. Gulliver was trained to be a surgeon, but loved to travel.

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) is considered a satirist. He had ties to both England and Ireland. He ended up traveling, working, and living in both countries. The original title, Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts, by Lemuel Gulliver, first a surgeon, and then a captain of several ships, was later renamed Gulliver’s Travels. Many of his works were published under different names, such as Lemuel Gulliver or even anonymous.

Gulliver’s Travels has never been out of print. It has been reworked in many different forms. You can read the book in it’s entirety, you can listen to an audiobook, you can watch the movies that are made, watch cartoons, read comic strips, or even read spin off short stories. eReading: Gulliver’s Travels is an app that can be downloaded on your iPad, iPhone, or iTouch and describes the first voyage.

The most popular story from all four voyages in Gulliver’s Travels is the Voyage to Lilliput. In this first voyage, Gulliver is shipwrecked and finds himself on the island of Lilliput. He is a giant among them. He quickly learns their language and realizes that they are in a futile war within their own country and at war with the neighboring island, Blefuscu. He seems to take the infighting and differences in stride, although he appears to grow impatient with their narrow viewpoints on life. After the story was published, small things or small people were often referred to as Lilliputian.

Gulliver’s Travels second voyage becomes more interesting as he is in the land of giants (Brobdingnag). He has to watch out for every animal (as they are also very big in size). Several times he had very close calls. Gulliver explains wars, government, religions, and cannon power to the King of Brobdingnag. The king is appalled. He tells Gulliver that he feels the English are: “a pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.”

In Gulliver’s third voyage in Gulliver’s Travels, he gets shipwrecked again but in this case he is saved by a flying island called the Kingdom of Laputa. Laputa has scientists, musicians, and mathematicians and at first seems a great place for Gulliver. However there is no real practical use for the scientists on the floating island and they often resort to throwing rocks at cities below them.

His last voyage in Gulliver’s Travels is darker and angrier. He gets marooned on an island inhabited by very sophisticated horses who are the rulers. The humans, called Yahoos, are their slaves.

Swift designed Gulliver’s Travels as a satire of English politics and religion.

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