Learning Disabilities: A to Z: A Complete Guide to Learning Disabilities from Preschool to Adulthood

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The world of learning disabilities is undeniably complicated and challenging. Shining a bright light into this territory, Learning Disabilities: A to Z has long been the trusted resource for parents, helping them navigate the tough issues and arming them with the knowledge necessary to advocate for their children at school. Covering every stage of development from the first day of preschool to the first day on the job, this updated edition also addresses current topics:

• Important new discoveries in brain ...

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Overview

The world of learning disabilities is undeniably complicated and challenging. Shining a bright light into this territory, Learning Disabilities: A to Z has long been the trusted resource for parents, helping them navigate the tough issues and arming them with the knowledge necessary to advocate for their children at school. Covering every stage of development from the first day of preschool to the first day on the job, this updated edition also addresses current topics:

• Important new discoveries in brain function and information processing

• Education reforms made under the No Child Left Behind Act

• Significant advances in educational technology, information on testing, medication, improving behavior and motivation, and more . . .

Corinne Smith, a leading expert in the field of learning disabilities, and Lisa Strick, a writer who knows firsthand the challenges of raising a child with learning problems, have brilliantly updated their essential guide for parents and teaching professionals. Compassionate and encouraging, Learning Disabilities: A to Z will continue to be the book parents reach for again and again as their children grow.

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“The most complete, readable and valuable book of its kind. If you are a parent of a struggling child, read this book. If someone you love is such a parent, gift them with this book. It is, quite simply, the best. . . . The new edition of A to Z is faithful to the mission of the original, but also addresses many of the current issues and concepts that impact education today. . . . Most important, A to Z explodes many of the myths and misconceptions that exist in our field.”

— Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., Executive Producer for How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop

"One of the best books on learning disabilities ever to cross my desk...this complete and readable guide arms parents with all the information they need to act effectively on the child's behalf."

—Lynn Altamura, former president, Learning Disabilities Association of New York State

"Learning Disabilities: A to Z should be the first book you reach for when your child has been diagnosed with any type of learning disability. You would be challenged to raise a question that this book does not address."

—Cheryl Wilbur, parent volunteer, Committee of Special Education, Westhill School District (NY)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439158692
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 507
  • Sales rank: 639,508
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Corinne R. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Teaching and Leadership and former Dean of Education at Syracuse University, is author of one of the leading textbooks on learning disabilities. She chairs Syracuse University’s renowned teacher education programs. She lives in Fayetteville, New York.

Lisa Strick is a freelance writer who for many years has produced features on family and education for national magazines. She is the mother of two grown sons, one of whom has a learning disability. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Part I Understanding Learning Disabilities

Chapter 1 What are Learning Disabilities? 3

Chapter 2 What Causes Learning Disabilities? 13

Brain Injury 16

Errors in Brain Development 20

Chemical Imbalances 25

Heredity 28

Environmental Influences 30

Chapter 3 Basic Types of Learning Disability 39

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 42

Visual-Perception Disabilities 49

Language-Processing Disabilities 59

Fine-Motor Disabilities 70

Part II How are Learning Disabilities Identified?

Chapter 4 Warning Signs at Home and at School 79

Developmental Delays 80

Inconsistent Performance 85

Loss of Interest in Learning 88

Unexpected Underachievement 92

Persistent Behavioral or Emotional Problems 96

Declining Confidence and Self-Esteem 100

Chapter 5 The Learning Disabilities Evaluation 104

Become Informed about Federal and Local Regulations 109

Investigate the Investigators 111

Ask about Tests 113

Find Out what Other Kinds of Information will be Collected 118

Prepare Your Child for the Evaluation 121

Start Keeping Records Now 122

Give Yourself Time to Deal with Evaluation Results 125

When in Doubt, Get a Second Opinion 130

Chapter 6 Becoming an Expert on Your Child 134

Are There Physical or Health Concerns we have to Address? 136

What is My Child's Overall Learning Potential? 137

Exactly where are the Areas of Disability? 140

What are My Child's Strengths? 143

What Kind of Academic Support does My Child Need? 146

What Kind of Social Support does My Child Need? 151

What Kind of Emotional Support does My Child Need? 153

Part III An Appropriate Education

Chapter 7 Becoming an Education Activist 163

Preparing Individualized Education Programs 175

Monitoring Student Progress 177

Providing Appropriate Support at Home 181

Chapter 8 Developing an Effective Educational Program 188

The Program Must Teach and Reinforce Basic Skills 190

The Program Must Enable the Student to Keep Up with Class Content 192

The Program Must Help the Student Learn Appropriate Educational Strategies 194

The Program Must Help the Student Address Problem Behaviors 201

Chapter 9 The ABCs of Success in School 229

Get Organized 231

Help Children Find their Preferred Learning Styles 238

Keep on Top of the Curriculum 245

Pay Attention to Basic Skills 254

Take Advantage of Technology 264

Avoid Homework Traps 275

Give Yourselves a Break 284

Part IV A Quality Life

Chapter 10 Social and Emotional Growth 289

Learning Disabilities and Child Development 292

The Preschool Child 295

The Elementary School Student 302

The Adolescent 306

The Young Adult 314

Chapter 11 Strategies for Promoting Personal Success 320

Believe in Your Child 322

Establish Realistic Expectations 328

Give the Child Responsibility 339

Improve Social Skills and Opportunities 349

Be Consistent about Rules and Limits 363

Tune in to Family Dynamics 372

Look for Outside Support when You Need it 388

Chapter 12 Looking Forward to the Future 397

Does the Student have a Plan for Continuing Education or Specific Job Training After High School? 401

Does the Young Adult Understand his Legal Rights and Advocate for Himself Appropriately? 422

Is the Young Adult Ready to Leave Home? 430

Appendix A Common Assessment Measures 447

Appendix B The Development of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Learning Strategies 465

Appendix C Using Assistive Technologies 477

Appendix D Resource List 487

Index 495

Acknowledgments 509

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