Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions which occur due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. The booklet contains information about over thirty disorders that may impact student learning and behavior. The strategies included are suggested to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning methods; accessibility of course instruction, materials, and activities. They are general strategies designed to support individualized reasonable accommodations for which an exceptional learner is eligible.
The booklet contains one or two page fact sheets which identify common signs and symptoms of disorders, signs to look for in the classroom, and instructional strategies. Recent research confirms that we can teach students with learning disabilities and other disorders how to learn. We can put them into a position to succeed!
Althea Penn has a passion for children and those who serve them. She has over twenty years of experience in education serving as a teacher, Children’s Ministry Director, and principal. Althea has two Masters degrees in Education Administration, certification as an Early Childhood Educator and the National Administrator Credential. She is also a Child Development Associate Professional Development Specialist for the national CDA teacher's credential. This well-rounded background equips her to share with fellow educators as she regularly conducts high quality early childhood professional development seminars and leadership workshops throughout the Southeast. Althea is an inspirational communicator and serves as a featured conference speaker for The Georgia Preschool Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, Kid’s Advocacy Coalition, Quality Care for Children, The Association of Christian Schools International and other organizations which share her passion for children and her colleagues. As an educational consultant she has trained hundreds of Directors of preschools and provided guidance in the accreditation and licensing process.
Althea also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership degree. As an Organization Development (OD) Practitioner she designs and delivers strategic interventions to educational organizations interested in creating high performing, inclusive, and culturally effective workplaces. Her insight helps achieve long-term, sustainable change by working at all levels of an organization. As a coach, she supports leaders and individuals in discovering and aligning people, performance and payoffs for results in their personal and professional lives. She is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart. They are the parents of two beautiful daughters who have also become certified educators. You can usually find her curled up with a book, gardening, or hiking a nearby nature trail.read more
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