Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties: The Facts / Edition 2

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This book is a clear and sympathetic guide to dyslexia and other learning difficulties - a subject that is often controversial and is of concern to many parents and teachers. Written by a developmental pediatrician, the book deals with difficulties in traditional academic areas such as reading, spelling, and arithmetic, as well as tackling more subtle conditions such as clumsiness, social unease, and hyperactivity. It describes clearly what is known about these problems, incorporating current views and recent research into the explanation of the mental processes involved in learning. The helpful, practical information will aid parents' understanding of their children's difficulties, and advice on managing difficult behaviors is presented. The improvement of children's self-esteem is emphasized. Of further interest is a chapter on adults with persisting learning difficulties. This is the first comprehensive guide to the learning disorders. The encouraging approach and easy-to-read style will appeal particularly to parents, and will also be of value to professionals such as teachers, psychologists, and speech therapists who need an authoritative and up-to-date account of this important subject.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192626615
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Facts Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Selikowitz, M.D., is a Consultant Developmental Pediatrician at The Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction 1
1 What are specific learning difficulties? 3
2 How a specific learning difficulty is diagnosed 15
3 Theories of causation 32
4 How parents can help - general principles 43
Pt. 2 Areas of learning 53
5 Reading 55
6 Spelling 71
7 Writing 81
8 Arithmetic 94
9 Language 102
10 Attention deficit disorder and sequential organization difficulties 111
11 Coordination and clumsiness 120
12 Social and emotional development 126
13 Controversial treatments 139
14 Adulthood 146
Conclusion 153
Appendix: Useful addresses 154
Index 155
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