Understanding Special Learning Populations (1 Iowa LRC – Self Study)

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“Today the chances are good that you know someone with autism or autism – like characteristics.”

“Have you ever come across a child who’s always on the move? They might have ADHD.”

“Gifted learners have competencies and abilities that go two or more years beyond their grade and/or age level.”

As teachers, we all face situations where we accommodate students with special needs in our classrooms. In such situations, how can we modulate our teaching to ensure that we reach each and every child? This integrated course, Understanding Special Learning Populations is designed to help teachers encourage and maximize each child’s potential.

Terms like Autism, ADHD, learning disability and gifted learners are being constantly used. What is it? What makes these children unique? And most importantly, how as an educator can you enhance their learning ability?These are questions that are answered in this course.

The integrated course has three parts, each one dedicating to a particular special population, namely Introduction to Autism, Understanding ADHD and Differentiation for Gifted learners in the Classroom. The course presents various strategies, adaptations and modifications to the environment and the mode of instruction that help teachers accommodate and teach students with these
conditions. Along with enhancing an educator’s skills, the course is rich and filled with ideas and suggestions that promote your confidence in handling children of differing abilities.

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About Self-Study courses:

Professional Learning Board integrated self-study professional development courses are conveniently available 24 x 7 to teacher-learners.Each self-study PD course includes:

  • Course content delivered in an interactive online textbook,
  • Practical suggestions that can be implemented immediately,
  • Resources and links to additional resources,
  • Quiz drawn at random so no two are the same from dozens of questions in a subject-specific bank
  • Printable certificate of completion
  • Lifetime access
  • 1 License Renewal Credit
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53 Reviews of “Understanding Special Learning Populations (1 Iowa LRC – Self Study)”:
  1. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    I found this course very valuable and effective. It helped clear a lot of questions I had about two of my students, and also helped me to better understand how to help them. Thank you! Seema I.

  2. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoyed this class. I thought the material was valuable and practical. I would recommend it to anyone in public school teaching! Jane D.

  3. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Thoughtful insights into how to help students with Autism reach their highest potential. Bethany G.

  4. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Really appreciate the practical application of these classes to teaching. Bethany G.

  5. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Very user friendly and overall great experience! Jamie M.

  6. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Great course! Great staff, they always replied in a timely manner! Nadia A.

  7. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    Great Class! Marissa H.

  8. LoriBeth T says:
    Five Stars

    This course on ADHD was very interesting.

  9. Amanuel T says:
    Five Stars

    I'll take additional courses.

  10. Andrew P. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you much! This course on ADHD, in my opinion, may have been the best one yet. Very informative and very clear an too the point concerning information.

  11. Karen M. says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoyed this course. This class furthered my knowledge in the subject areas and is helpful in and out of the classroom!

  12. Michael T. says:
    Five Stars

    It was easy to sign up for the class. Working at my own pace was practical.This course offered many useful suggestions.

  13. Terry says:
    Five Stars

    I will highly recommend the Professional Learning Board, you all have been awesome! Wishing you all the best of continued success.

  14. Rachael H. says:
    Five Stars


  15. Julie N. says:
    Five Stars

    Enjoyed learning about this subject matter.

  16. Cherryl T. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a wonderful opportunity and excellent teaching resource!

  17. Maylene M. says:
    Five Stars

    This course was exactly what I needed. The online course was easy to navigate and the content was very interesting. Thanks you!

  18. Terry L. says:
    Five Stars

    Taking the course Understanding Special Learning Populations was an extremely positive experience for me. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount, I found the customer service and support from the Professional Learning Board staff outstanding! I look forward to taking more courses with you in the future.

  19. Elizabeth B. says:
    Five Stars

    "Before taking this course, I had tried understanding and learning by some professional development classes/conferences/workshops, but never at this depth. It has been very eye-opening to learn how the brain operates when any of these conditions are present. I feel a lot more confident to face my students, since I have the basic tools to understand what I am looking at and, therefore, I can be much more effective when dealing with the issues related to this group of students. I am excited about reading and keeping on educating myself, so I can be the best I can be for my students. I would like to share what I have studied with other teachers and help them to overcome obstacles we all encounter in our classrooms".

  20. Richard A. says:
    Five Stars

    It was actually a very good course - surprised me!

  21. Maria M. says:
    Five Stars

    It was a very informative course.

  22. Axel O. says:
    Five Stars

    Great course!

  23. Victoria G. says:
    Five Stars

    The class was repetitive in a GOOD way! Reviewed ideas helped me to connect them with situations and commit to memory. I learned so much! I have not taken any special education classes and this gave an excellent overview that I can readily apply to autistic children in my life.

  24. Wanda G. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for this site! I needed 4.5 hours and this site made it easy and convenient!

  25. Rosa E. says:
    Five Stars

    I really enjoyed this course, ""Understanding ADHD"". Times have changed and there are many new things to help ADHD students. I really got a very good update in this subject.

  26. Christina S. says:
    Five Stars

    I liked this course as a teacher and as a parent of a gifted child. There were strategies I could use right away to honor different students and their strengths.

  27. Sarah R. says:
    Five Stars

    Very interesting course, my favorite so far.

  28. Heather A. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for this opportunity; really relevant material and excellent skill ideas to assist the teacher with ADHD children in the classroom.

  29. Mary J. says:
    Five Stars

    Very informative!

  30. Thomas B. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a well-organized and informative lesson. It was interesting to complete, and I know that I will use the ideas to help my students with ADHD issues have a better school experience. Thank you.

  31. Karl H. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a well put together course. I have a step-daughter with ADHD and many of the strategies could prove very useful in helping her. Obviously, these same strategies could be helpful in the classroom as well.

  32. Dara S. says:
    Five Stars


  33. Jason M. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks. I raised an autistic son. your information is relevant and helpful.

  34. Andrew T. says:
    Five Stars

    Good courses, I appreciate the ease of taking these hours online. 

  35. Milan I. says:
    Five Stars

    Thumbs up!

  36. Shane R. says:
    Five Stars

    Interesting, helpful and informative.

  37. Jennifer A. says:
    Five Stars

    I learned a lot of different tips on how to make children with ADHD feel more comfortable and feel more successful in the classroom.

  38. Chelsea V. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed this class!

  39. Amy M. says:
    Five Stars

    I had a pleasant experience with this! Thank you!

  40. Wayne L. says:
    Five Stars

    Very, very helpful!

  41. Sandra B. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you.

  42. Tiffany N. says:
    Five Stars

    Good info and resources! Thanks.

  43. Dain T. says:

    I really enjoyed this course. It provided me new insights, interventions, and ideas in providing a better education for students with autism. I am currently serving as a special education teaching assistant at a school, and I will share it with the rest of my staff.

  44. Megan L. says:
    Five Stars

    First and foremost, thank you for providing a relatively easy resource for teachers to use to attain their clock hours for relicensure.

  45. Ian W says:
    Five Stars

    Great programs.

  46. Melanie S says:
    Five Stars

    I've really enjoyed taking these courses! They are overall interesting and educational! Thank you!

  47. Patricia W says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks for the great experience. Enjoyed immensely and learned so o o o oo much.

  48. Anonymous says:
    Five Stars

    Very informative course.

  49. Jennifer J. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a great course-not too wordy and full of great content!

  50. Tammy N. says:
    Five Stars

    Great courser a lot of helpful information.

  51. Mark F. says:
    Five Stars

    Good content .

  52. Anonymous says:
    Five Stars

    I found the course to be interesting. I feel the knowledge that I have gained will enhance and supplement my work with special populations. thank you

  53. Richard H. says:
    Five Stars

    An excellent and comprehensive course on autism.

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