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Dear Linda,

Thank  you for the information!

Lubna

Linda Russell wrote:

> At Minneapolis Community and Technical College we use some excellent videos to begin the topic of tutoring students with learning disabilities (including ADD/ADHD).  They are:
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> "A Tutor's Workshop: Students with Learning Disabilities" from GPN, 800-228-4630.  Cost $295 (it is an extensive video collection and a good manual with lots of info).
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> "ADD:  Not Just Kid Stuff" also from GPN.  Cost $59.95.  (Pretty good vignettes about real adult experiences with ADD.)
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> "Understanding Learning Disabilities: How Difficult Can it Be?"  Forgive me, but I can't find the P.O., so I will post the ordering info and costs when I find it!  This video by Richard LaVoie is excellent; a very powerful one that puts the viewer in the position of feeling what it's like to try to function with learning disabilities of various types.  Our tutors love this video.
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> Also,  I have a pamphlet put out by AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) called "How Significant is Significant?  A Personal Glimpse of Life with a Learning Disability" by Carolee Reiling.  Reiling wrote it as a freshman at Stanford, when she discovered that she had many characteristics of LD.  I am sorry, but I can't figure out where I got it!  Perhaps AHEAD can help.
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> In addition, there are several web sites which are very informative.  I have "assigned" them to tutors to just go and browse around, finding information and ideas that seem pertinent to their experience working with students.  Here are some:
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> http://www.dyslexia.com/index.htm
> http://odp.od.nih.gov/consensus/cons/110/110_statement.htm
> http://www.ldpride.net/ldpage3.htm
> http://www.janejarrow.com/
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> One other note:  if you hire tutors who are international students or otherwise were raised/educated outside of the US, they may not even have heard of learning disabilities.  I had one tutor tell me,"I don't think we have learning disabilities in my culture."  (interrobang here !?)  Also, some of our older tutors are not familiar either; after all, it is fairly recently that disabilities in general have been discussed openly in schools.  So it is very helpful to give tutors as much information as possible.  The techniques that work for those with LD's don't hurt students without LD's either!
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> Linda Russell

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Lubna Aboosi