Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Department Head

Jill Pellegrini
(508) 799-3065
PellegriniJ@worc.k12.ma.us

The Learning Disabilities Department of the Worcester Public Schools strives to enhance each student’s ability to access the curriculum, improve skills, and apply learned strategies in an effort to develop a life-long independent learner.

Program Description:

The LD Specialist provides services to students who have been identified with a specific learning disability through the Team Process. These SLD’s (Specific Learning Disability) may be in the areas of reading, math, written language, organization, and/or test taking strategies. The LD Specialist works cooperatively with teachers and parents to insure that each student can access the WPS curriculum and meet the state curriculum frameworks.

Characteristics of A Student With SLD

Grades K to 4: Slow to learn the connection between letters and sounds, Confuses basic words (run, eat, want), Makes consistent reading & spelling errors, Transposes number sequences & confuses arithmetic signs, Slow to remember facts, Slow to learn new skills, Relies heavily on memorization, Trouble learning about time.

Grades 5 to 8: Reverses letter sequences, Slow to learn spelling strategies, Avoids reading aloud, Trouble with word problems, Difficulty with handwriting, Slow or poor recall of facts, Trouble understanding body language & facial expressions.

High School Students & Adults: Continues to spell incorrectly, Frequently spells the same word differently in a single piece of writing, Avoids reading & writing tasks, Trouble summarizing, Weak memory skills, Works slowly, Poor grasp of abstract concepts, Misreads information.