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Empowering Education: Collaborative Roles in Supporting Students with Learning Barriers


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Question: Peter is a 12-year-old, fifth grade student with ADHD. Peter’s reading and math skills are two years below his grade level. Peter is repeating the grade, however, he is still struggling with his academic work and failing every subject. His teachers describe him as being disruptive and oppositional in class. Teachers complain that he does not pay attention and is very playful as a result he fails to complete all his tasks that are meant to be completed in class. Peter’s parents were contacted and the mother asserted that Peter is very playful, he also gets frustrated when he has to do his homework. According to Schuck and Crinella (2005), ADHD students are not dumb, lazy or out of control, they are smart kids who need to be assisted in order to be successful. Who do you think are the role players in supporting a learner with learning barriers? List 3 role players and their functions in assisting the learner. (10)

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1. Teachers: Teachers are a key part of supporting a student with learning barriers. They can adapt their teaching methods to accommodate and target the students' distinct learning style. They should focus on providing hands-on and engaging tasks and incorporate regular breaks to assist in keeping focus. They can also provide additional time or modifications for exams and assessments and make use of individual education plans (IEPs). 2. Parents: Parents also play a crucial role in supporting their child's learning. They can provide a quiet and conducive environment for homework and study, helping to manage distractions. They can also collaborate with teachers in developing and implementing an IEP, keep abreast of their child’s progress and encourage positive behavior. Supportive and consistent communication is key as is patience and the willingness to adapt strategies based on the needs of the child. Additionally, parents might consider getting professional counselling or coaching on how to best support their child. 3. School Psychologists/Counsellors: School psychologists or counselors could provide strategies to help the child manage their ADHD symptoms such as lack of focus and hyperactivity and improve their academic performance. They can also help develop IEPs and provide counseling to the student to deal with any frustration, anxiety or low self-esteem they might be experiencing. They can also work directly with parents and teachers to develop more effective learning and behavior management strategies. 4. Peer Supporters: While this is a bonus fourth point, it's worth mentioning that peer supporters can often be very effective in assisting learners with barriers. Trained fellow students can aid in teaching organization skills, provide study support, and boost confidence in the learner. In conclusion, supporting a student like Peter requires a coordinated effort amongst various role players each contributing in their unique, but complementary ways.

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March 1, 2024, 6:56 a.m.

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Published: Friday, March 1, 2024

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