Learning Disabilities: The Interaction of Students and their Environments / Edition 5

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With over 60 real-life vignettes, numerous LD simulations, and extensive illustrations of student work, this revision puts a human face on learning disabilities. Rooted in the text's reputation for research, the revision presents hard research data in a conversational style.

With this text, future teachers learn how to match their interventions to each student's unique strength and weakness patterns in a way that is culturally affirming, takes advantage of instructional methods and technology that work, and promotes the skill set and social-emotional adjustment that will facilitate a student's transition to adult life.

New to This Edition

  • Full chapter covering the History of the Field and another devoted to Definition, Identification, and Prevalence.
  • Two separate chapters are now devoted to instructional strategies.
  • Includes over 150 instructional strategies, metacognitive learning strategies, accommodations, and modifications that help the future teacher match teaching approaches to what children with learning disabilities are ready to learn and how they learn best.
  • Coverage of timely and critical topics have been added in this edition.
  • An extensive Instructor's Manual gives the instructor access to hundreds of suggestions for class discussions, activities, and demonstrations, as well as suggested assignments and projects and test questions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205319527
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/11/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “Summary” and “Helpful Resources.”



1. History of the Field.

Educational Philosophy and Practices.


Research and Program Development.

2. Definition, Identification, and Prevalence.


Identification Practices.

Prevalence of Learning Disabilities.


3. Physiological Differences.

Neuropsychological Patterns of Learning.

Brain Injury.

Structural Brain Differences.

Hereditary Factors.

Biochemical Irregularities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

4. Curricular and Environmental Contributors.

Curriculum Contributors.

Family and School Environment Contributors.

Implications for Assessment and Intervention.

5. Information-Processing Patterns in Learning Disabilities.

Visual-Perceptual Skills.

Language and Phonological Processing Skills.


Motor Skills.

Implications for Assessment and Intervention.


6. Academic Development.

The Elementary School Years.

The Middle and High School Years.

The Adult Years.

7. Learning Strategy and Information-Processing Development.

Attention, Memory, and Learning Strategies.

Visual-Perceptual, Motor, and Language Development.

8. Social-Emotional Development.

The Preschooler.

The Elementary School Student.

The Secondary School Student.

The Adult.


9. Assessment.

Assessment Purposes.

Models of Assessment.

Assessment Methods.

Multidimensional Assessment Approaches.

Assessment Domains.

10. Planning Educational Interventions.

Planning Individualized Instruction.

Adapting Instruction to the Student's Abilities and Learning Style.

Defining and Coordinating Intervention Roles.

11. Instructional Strategies: The Preschool and Elementary School Years.

Preschool Programming.

Elementary School Programming.

12. Instructional Strategies: The Middle and Secondary School Years.


Written Language.


Study and Test-Taking Skills.

Transition Planning.

Social-Emotional Adjustment.


13. The Family.

Families and Learning.

Family Assessment.

Family Adjustment to a Learning Disability.

Family Intervention.

14. The School.

Physical Characteristics.

Organizational Characteristics.

Human Characteristics.


Subject Index.

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