The Effects of a School-Based Program on the Reported Self-Advocacy Knowledge of Students With Learning Disabilities
AbstractA school-based study examined self-reported self-advocacy knowledge of middle school students with learning disabilities (LD). Children with LD are vulnerable to experiencing psychosocial and academic problems. Self-advocacy is a protective factor as students with LD enter middle and high school, comprising knowledge of one’s learning strengths and LD; awareness of one’s rights and responsibilities; awareness of accommodations needed; and ability to communicate one’s learning needs and required accommodations. The students reported increasing their ability to advocate for themselves. Results underscore the importance of adults such as teachers and parents discussing LD and associated issues with children and youth.
Une étude en milieu scolaire a examiné les perceptions qu’avaient des élèves à l’école intermédiaire ayant des troubles d’apprentissage par rapport à leur autonomie sociale. Ces élèves sont à risque de souffrir de problèmes psychosociaux et académiques. L’autonomie sociale constitue un facteur de protection quand les élèves ayant des troubles d’apprentissage commencent l’école intermédiaire ou secondaire. Elle implique la connaissance de ses forces académiques et de ses troubles d’apprentissage; la conscience de ses droits et ses responsabilités; la conscience des accommodations nécessaires; et la capacité de faire connaître ses besoins en matière d’apprentissage et d’accommodations. Les élèves ont indiqué qu’ils se sentaient mieux en mesure de se défendre. Les résultats soulignent l’importance pour les adultes comme les enseignants et les parents de discuter de troubles d’apprentissage et d’enjeux qui s’y rattachent avec les enfants et les jeunes.
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