Dr. Roben Daubler; Program Chair, Special Education at Western Governors University
Presented by Western Governors University
There is a tremendous discrepancy and on-going argument in the field about learning disabilities versus reading disabilities. The bias of those of us in learning disability field is that the inability to read and the reading disability is not the problem, but rather a symptom of a larger problem. The larger problem is language development and a symptom of that is reading.
The Language Arts curriculum consists of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and what we find is kids with learning disabilities have global problems in language that are reflected in an inability to read. However, there are people who say we need to focus exclusively on the reading. To illustrate, if you have a child with poor language development, and as a result of that, he has a reading problem, then the focus of instruction is on reading.
Those of us in the learning disabilities field would favor more of an assault on language, because again, we see the inability to read as a symptom. During this PD, we will discuss reading difficulties, and what some leaders in the field think is the sleeping giant in the field of special education, shame aversion, pre-conscious and automatic shame aversion. We will explore the relationship that children who are disabled in the area of reading have with the reading process and how the shame response to that confusion is a downward spiral. Participants will earn a certificate for participating and will leave the PD armed with a toolkit of new ideas to implement immediately.