DRC Learning Skills Program
The Learning Skills Program is designed to serve students with learning disabilities. These challenges can affect
classroom performance, making it difficult for students to succeed without
classroom accommodations and specific compensatory techniques, specialized
instruction, or other support services.
Students may be referred by instructors, counselors, or community agencies.
After an initial interview, individual diagnosis testing is conducted. Upon
completion of the assessment, the student meets with an LD Specialist for an
interpretation of the test results and receives recommendations to enhance
program has three components: The Evaluation component includes:
Guidance 557 - Learning Skills Evaluation.
The Instructional component includes:
- Guidance 558 - Learning Skills Laboratory
- Guidance 560 - Individualized
Basic Skills Development
- Guidance 561 - Introduction to Basic Writing Skills
- Guidance 563 - Directed
Study Lab in Algebra
- Guidance 564 - Directed Study Lab in Pre-Algebra
The Services component allows students with verified learning disabilities
to request special services and accommodations, including priority registration,
note taker services, and extended time on exams.
Students may be referred by instructors, counselors, community agencies or
may refer themselves. An appointment is scheduled for an initial interview
where the student and specialist can discuss any problems the student is experiencing
in learning and decide whether further assessment is appropriate.
Evaluation and Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities
After the initial interview, an individual diagnostic evaluation is conducted
by appointment. The evaluation includes an achievement component in basic
skills, such as reading, spelling, math, and written language and a cognitive
/ perceptual component which includes auditory and visual memory and perception,
and verbal and non-verbal reasoning abilities. Upon completion of the assessment,
a diagnosis of the student's specific learning disability is made, if indicated.
The Learning Disabilities Specialist makes recommendations for placement
in the Learning Skills Laboratory, if appropriate, and/or in other college
programs or courses. The evaluation, recommendations and suggested learning
strategies are discussed with the student.
Student Educational Contracts
If, after completion of the diagnostic assessment, the Learning Disabilities
Specialist determines that the student is eligible for the Learning Skills
Program, the specialist develops a Student
Educational Contract for the student. The Contract includes
long term goals and each semester's objectives (college courses and/or
student educational contract).
The Learning Skills Lab includes instruction
in the following areas:
Mathematics (Reasoning & Computation)
Organization & Study Skills
Learning Strategies & Techniques
Other Academic Subjects as Needed
The program offers four types of instruction:
- Small groups
- One-to-one tutoring
- Supervised independent labwork
- Support Classes
The instruction is based on the Student's Educational Contract
and may include reading comprehension, spelling, writing, grammar, mathematical
computation, application, learning strategies, on-line research, and word