Identifying Learning Differences & Diagnosed Disabilities (LD724-1)

  • Facilitator: Rachel Arnold
  • Time Commitment: 3 weeks at about 3-4 hours per week.
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Course Overview

In this course we will break down various learning disabilities, review diagnostic criteria for varying disabilities, explain pre-referrals and data collection, and discuss accommodations and modifications. After course completion, participants should be able to better identify learning challenges, know the steps of the pre-referral system, recognize appropriate forms of data collection, and participants should be able to distinguish between accommodations and modifications. 

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Meet the Facilitator

Rachel Arnold

Rachel Arnold currently serves as Clinical Services Director at a reputable counseling center in Seoul, South Korea. From 2018 – 2023 Rachel served international schools in Seoul in various roles such as Director of Learning Support and later, Assistant Principal. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) and a Master’s of Education in Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Rachel is hopeful to continue contributing to high-quality educational opportunities for all students, both through her work at the center and her collaboration with SENIA and local international schools in Seoul. 

Rachel is interested in art, technology, and fine dining.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Warm Feedback 

The content of the course was excellent. The discussion format helped us learn from each other about practices among international schools and have meaningful conversations.The assignments required the application of concepts to our realities. The instructor gave specific and timely feedback for improvement. In general, I evaluate this learning experience as a outstanding. 
Aida Zea, Guatemala
The poster and pre-referral form were practical assignments that could be used for PD or staff training.
Lara, Thailand
I have loved this opportunity to connect with other professionals and have these discussions around different topics. It has helped me to reflect on my own practices, and to look at how we can further improve what we do at my school, to further support and optimize student learning.
Luna Bekker, Switzerland
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