LD Resources

Thank You!

Adult Basic Skills Professional Development expresses our sincere gratitude to Katherine Barratt for sharing her expertise with us on this project. We are so grateful to her for sharing the vast knowledge she has gained over her years of experience working with the LD and ADD populations with adult basic skills educators.


Brown, T.E. (2005). Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults. New Haven: Yale University Press.



Explicit Instruction
This DVD, available from Adult Basic Skills Professional Development, explains how to teach the way LD students learn best: by using explicit instruction. This 26 minute DVD describes how to give a rationale for why a topic is important to learn, and then shows how to use modeling, guided practice, and independent practice to teach and reach adult learners. The DVD is available at: http://www.abspd.appstate.edu/publications/index.html

Internet Resources

Adults with LD Section of LD Online
LD Online is a leading website about LD and contains a vast amount of information on all things relating to LD and ADHD. There is a large body of information on adults with LD including articles on characteristics of adults with specific learning disabilities, self-advocacy, and employment issues. The website is located at: http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/adults.

Brown Model of ADD Syndrome
This article provides more in depth information on the Brown Model of ADD Syndrome, further explaining how the six executive functions are impaired. It is found at: http://www.drthomasebrown.com/brown_model/index.html

Hardwiring Information in the Brain
Based on principles of brain compatible learning, this web page describes techniques that instructors can teach students to make learning stick. Methods described include selectivity, meaningful organization, association, and visualization. This information is located at: http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/mem.html

Instruction for Adults with Learning Difficulties
This manual on teaching adults with learning disabilities is authored by Cheryl Knight, former ABSPD Director. The manual focuses on teaching strategies including planning instruction, teaching techniques, accommodations, and self-advocacy. A link to the Word document is available here: Knight_LD_Paper.

Language Experience Approach
This article describes the language experience approach, the method Katherine Barratt describes using with her student Dan. Many instructors have found success using this approach based on the premise that, “what I can say, I can write, and what I can write, I can read.” The article is available at: http://www.literacyconnections.com/InTheirOwnWords.php

Learning to Achieve
Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) offers four free online professional development modules that are part of the Learning to Achieve training. All four modules are designed to assist students with learning disabilities in adult education programs. Modules available include:

Learning to Achieve: Accommodations is a 1 to 2 hour module about testing and instructional accommodations appropriate for individuals with learning disabilities.

Learning to Achieve: Neuroscience is a 1 to 2 hour module about the neurobiology of learning in general as well as its application to learning disabilities.

Learning to Achieve: A Professional's Guide to Educating Adults with Learning Disabilities is a 30 minute to 1 hour module providing an overview of the research-based Learning to Achieve training.

Registration for each of the free online modules is available at: http://mp.cls.utk.edu

Students with ADD frequently struggle with procrastination. “Unloading the Procrastination Gun” describes frontloading, an effective strategy to combat procrastination that involves beginning unpleasant tasks sooner and working on them in chunks until they are completed. The full article is found at:

Transitioning Students with LD
This doctoral dissertation, authored by poverty expert Nancie Payne, discusses how to assist adults with LD in transitioning to postsecondary education. Payne recommends that adult basic skills programs build transition plans for LD students into their culture and discusses ten themes that should be addressed. This paper is found at:

What You Should Know About Your Brain
This short three page article tells more about how the limbic system affects learning and some specific strategies to use that help emotionally upset students learn. It is authored by Judy Willis, a neurologist turned middle school teacher. The article is located at: http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el200912_willis.pdf

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