Joensuu areas special learners (JOSE ry)

An organization for people with learning disabilities.

We offer

  • support
  • councelling
  • courses and activities
  • information about learning disabilities
  • learning tools and tips

 

sihteeri@lukijose.fi, 044-2820029

We are open in Mondays 9-17 and Tuesdays to Fridays 9-15.

Our office is in Tiaisenkatu 28, 80200 Joensuu.

Welcome!

Learning disabilities

About twenty percent (20%) of the people have some kind of issue with learning. A person with learning disability has a different kind of way to learn and understand information. The issues can occure for example in reading, writing, counting, motor skills or understanding the space and time.

The sign of a learning disability is that the learning results stay on low level. The progress in learning doesn’t meet with the persons learning ability, age or talents. The learning appears different way, using different senses and more time than other people. The most common form of learning disability is dyslexia.

In the background of learning disabilities are usually neurological and genetic reasons. Learning disabilities have nothing to do with intelligence. They can be noticed from slow reading or writing, misspelling, challenges in listening comprehension and mixing left and right. It can be difficult to learn foreign languages and mathematical problem solving. Issues with learning can reflect to persons mental health and use of intoxicants.

It is possible to learn how to handle with learning disabilities. The most important thing is to accept yourself as you are. It can be helpful to share and discuss about own experiences with peers. There are also plenty of tools to support everyday life: audiobooks, transparent, colorful ruler to stay on the line while reading, recorder in a phone, stress releasing ball and mobile applications. Learning may require more work but the effort is worth it. Try to find the most affective and easiest ways of learning for yourself!

Learning tips

  • Learning is easier when you have slept well.
  • Find yourself a peaceful place. Then you can focus on things better.
  • Schedule enough time for learning. You make mistakes in a hurry.
  • Use a colour pen when underlining.
  • It’s better to do less well than a lot badly.
  • If there are mistakes in the recap excercises, find the spot where the thing was originally told and read it again.
  • Remember that the best way to learn is by making mistakes.
  • Short but intense studying sessions are the best.
  • Learning a new thing requires digesting /assimilation internalization, so give yourself time.

Studying is fun – we believe that you will succeed!

Learning tools and apps for you:

iPad:

• Voice Dream reads the text out loud. Text can be downloaded straight from the Internet and the application reads it. ’’Copy text > Clipboard > hold long > Paste = ready”
Dragon Dictation application writes spoken text into the device.
Audio Note Notes can be made while recording the lesson. The recording can be chosen by certain words. Text can be listened by tapping the words.
Popplet Lite is a mind map application. It is possible to add pictures as well.
Quizlet Learning by cards! Foreign language and other vocabulary, such as historical names and years can be learned by Quizlet. The application asks questions in random or chosen order. It is possible to add pictures and change the language.

Android:

• Speech to text changes voice to written text. It can also translate the text, but the translations are not high-quality.
Simple Note/Simple mind free are mind map applications. It is possible to add text and pictures.

  • Speak It! For Google Chrome. Application makes it possible to listen to texts from websites. Choose the part you want to listen to and click the loudspeaker logo.
  • Readability is an application for Google Chrome. It helps to read websites. It cleans advertisements, pictures and bright colors away. Click ‘’Read now’’ and the website will clean itself.
  • Focusing tools. Pen props, stress balls and other little stuff can help to focus.
  • Activating pillow and gymnastic ball. If it is challenging to focus in school or work, activating pillow and gymnastic ball offer a chance to move about without disturbing other people.
  • Earplugs or earmuffs. Less distractive noises.
  • Color codes. A simple way to separate things.
  • Reading slides and rulers. The contrast between white paper and black ink can be very disturbing for people with dyslexia. A colored slide on the text can decrease the contrast and make reading easier. Reading rulers help to keep on the track while reading.
  • E-books are becoming more general. There are a huge amount of electronic literature that can be read with separate devices.
  • Reading slides and rulers. The contrast between white paper and black ink can be very disturbing for people with dyslexia. A colored slide on the text can decrease the contrast and make reading easier. Reading rulers help to keep on the track while reading.
  • E-books are becoming more general. There are a huge amount of electronic literature that can be read with separate devices.
  • Scissors, paper and glue. If foreign languages are difficult to learn, it may help to work with hands. Make word lists, mnemonics, and pictures, anything that helps you. Use all your senses. Only the imagination is your limit!
  • Spell checkers. Spell checkers work also in foreign languages.
  • Scanning dictionary pen and word mouse. Scanning dictionary pen includes 300 000 words and expressions. The pen scans the text, translates it and reads it out loud. Word mouse is a program for computer and a separate mouse, which has a camera and a pointer. The camera ’’shoots’’ the word, transfers it to computer, says it out loud and translates it.
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Tiaisenkatu 28 80200 Joensuu

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