EDAS 146 - Understanding Learning Challenges

This course explores the field of learning disabilities. The learning process will be reviewed with emphasis on information regarding children and adolescents with varying levels of learning abilities. Students will also examine approaches and strategies used with students to enhance learning abilities.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Seminars/Tutorials: 3)


Total Weeks:  15


HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Service Workers
HDEC 101 Human Development 1
EDAS 141A Education Assistant Foundations
EDAS 145 Social Foundations for Special Education

OR permission of instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites: 






Course Content:
- Learning Disabilities
- Instructional approaches and strategies

- History of learning disabilities field
- Theories of learning disabilities
- Definitions of learning disabilities
- Etiology of learning disabilities
- Cognition and language characteristics of persons with learning disabilities
- Personality and social characteristics of persons with learning disabilities
- Assessment of learning disabilities
- Learning characteristics in reading and language arts
- Learning characteristics in math
- Instructional strategies
- Adaptive behaviour of persons with learning disabilities
- Educational placements and services
- Metacognitive instructional approaches
- Technology for persons with learning disabilities


Learning Outcomes:
Overarching Learning Outcome:
The intention of this course is to familiarize students with learning disabilities and the challenges that students with learning disabilities face in the classroom. Students will also learn various strategies and methods for supporting the learning of a student with learning disabilities. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

- Support individuals with learning disabilities to enhance learning in the school or community
- Identify appropriate learning material and strategies to meet individual needs and goals
Specific Learning Outcomes:
A student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Identify barriers to learning
- Assess the unique nature of an individual’s situation and learning needs
- Assist in the preparation, adaptation/modification of curriculum materials and resources
- Apply appropriate strategies to support classroom instruction and learning
- Apply the principles of an age-appropriate, normative approach to individualized learning
- Assist students to meet their personal learning needs
- Assist in the preparation and organization of appropriate learning environment

- Think critically
- Analyze tasks
- Observe
- Record objectively
- Document
- Communicate clearly – orally and in writing
- Listen actively
- Work on a team
- Use various assessment tools
- Access resources / community agencies
- Use clear and objective language
- Provide positive, constructive feedback
- Provide unobtrusive, respectful support
- Monitor individual progress
- Provide appropriate assistance
- Identify individual’s preferences, interests and needs
- Acknowledge and celebrate individual’s successes
- Use appropriate learning/teaching strategies
- Use a variety of behaviour guidance strategies
- Adapt / modify material


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  90

Percentage of Group Work:  10


Text Books:

Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.