Specific Learning Disability

Understanding Specific Learning Disability Infographic and Explanation

The term “learning disability” was introduced in the 1960’s and evolved to be known as “specific learning disability” with the passing of the IDEA Amendments of 2004. The purpose of this assignment is to facilitate an understanding of the types of learning disabilities that fall under the umbrella of specific learning disability.

Create a 1-page infographic or chart that depicts the following information in relation to specific learning disability:

  • Federal definition and criteria for eligibility
  • Types of specific learning disability
  • Etiology and prevalence
  • Learning, social, and communication characteristics of students with specific learning disability
  • Laws and litigation related to specific learning disability

Write a 1-page explanation to accompany your infographic or chart that addresses how RTI is used for the identification of specific learning disability.

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Response to Intervention (RTI) is a method that is currently commonly used to identify and determine whether a specific child has a specific learning disability and whether the child is eligible for receiving special education.  Response to Intervention should, therefore, not be confused with special education or its substitute. The primary purpose of RTI is to prevent or limit any academic failure that can be experienced by students with difficulties in learning (Siegel, 2020).  This is achieved by providing research-based interventions to bring these students to achieve their optimal grades. There is no specific RTI model designed, but various models are mainly two to five-tiered models. Each tier model aims to provide more individualized instructions, a framework to calculate the gains made, and how to change interventions when the need arises (Learning Disabilities Association of America, 2020).