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The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Learning Aids

    Since I am on the topic of education let me continue if you don't mind. We learned College Girl has ADD in her first year of College. I learned of my own issue with dyslexia as a senior in High School. So I was wondering why did it take so long to learn of these issues. Could it have been noticed sooner. I think so.

    My friend and neighbor, Nessa, has two very smart children. But they are also noticing some issues while in middle school. We have looked closely at grades, behavior and routines to see if there was ways to help them out. One of the things we have found that has helped in this endeavor is the book "The Shut-Down Learner" by Richard Selznick, Phd. We loved finding someone who could mirror our thoughts, get it you know, and also not label the children. But instead was able to give insight on what may be the issues and how to help. In reading examples of others peoples experiences we saw some of our own.

    I borrowed the following from his web site,

    The following typically start to emerge in the upper elementary grades, becoming much more pronounced by high school:

    . A sense that the child is increasingly disconnected, discouraged, and unmotivated (shut down)
    . Fundamental skill weaknesses with reading, writing, and spelling, leading to lowered self-esteem
    . Increased avoidance of school tasks such as homework
    . Dislike of reading
    . Hatred of writing
    . Little to no gratification from school
    . Increasing anger toward school

    You can also download the first chapter for free at his web site. You may find that you see your own child, or yourself, or a friend. But it is great to know that in simple language there is ways to help so learning is not a chore but a gift. I do wish to thank Paul J. Krupin for sending me Dr. Selznick's book. It is written with direct language while being full of techniques that can be used my most parents.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

    This book is a must read for parents of struggling readers and teachers who teach them!

    FINALLY, a book that gives a name to many of the kids I've worked with over the years! A must read for ALL teachers. The book provides insight into understanding the psyche of these "shut-down" kids. A must read for parents of struggling readers - the earlier the better! Strategies and interventions for parents to help their kids before they completely "shut-down". This down-to-earth book is written with honesty, sensitivity and a little humor and most importantly HOPE for these academically discouraged kids.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    What a great book! Really helped me understand my child better. Opened my eyes to what is really going on in school. The book showed how we are all differnet, we all have strengths and weakness and that the school only teach one way and how when a child does not learn that way, how that child can struggle. Lots of information and different books and web sites to help you. If your child is struggling in school, get this book, it will really help you. I think all teachers should also read this book. It will show them how to pick out a child who is having trouble, who may otherwise be labeled as Lazy or defient. Great Book

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Not as much as I hoped for

    I was looking for ideas to prevent a child from "shutting down". What I got was a sense that this was just the way the child was and we'd just have to get by as best we can. Thought "shut down learner" was negative sounding- especially as I felt is was presented as a personality trait and not something that develops. Lots of definition, weak on solutions

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    This is the perfect book for anyone (parents, guardians, teachers, etc.) who know a child that has different learning needs. It can be very hard trying to reach a kid, especially if he/she is a "shut-down learner". I have met many extremely intelligent people who wouldn't be where they are today if someone close to them didn't recognize their needs and act accordingly. There is no excuse for giving up on a child. I am so glad that I read this book and I'm even more glad that Dr. Selznick wrote it.

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