Learning Disabilities: Characteristics, Identification, and Teaching Strategies / Edition 6

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<>This edition presents guidelines for using Response to Intervention (RTI) as an eligibility tool as well as differentiated instruction for the general education class. Detailed coverage of the most up-to-date classroom practices, the latest research, and critical issues are also presented.

Using the author's more than 27 years of experience in working with children and adolescents who have learning disabilities, the Sixth Edition of Learning Disabilities presents the latest research and information on LD in each developmental area. It focuses on identification and eligibility issues, incorporating the newly released rules and regulations on RTI, IDEA 2004, and the No Child Left Behind legislation. The text also stresses both the characteristics of students with learning disabilities as well as classroom-tested instructional strategies. With up-to-date content, this practical guide also offers insight into practical educational concerns from a teacher's perspective, as well as the relevant scholarship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205515530
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/22/2007
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 416,858
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

section I

Introduction to Learning Disabilities

chapter one

Changing Definitions of Learning Disabilities


The Complex History of Learning Disabilities

The Clinical Phase: Early Evolution of the Field

The Classroom Transition Phase: Moving into the School Setting

The Consolidation Phase: The Field Becomes Unified

The Expansion Phase: Services Widen

The Retrenchment Phase

Emerging Theoretical Views

The Revitalization Phase: The Future of Learning Disabilities

A Theoretical Basis for Learning Disabilities

Components of the Current Definitions of Learning Disabilities

Who Are These Kids?

Questions and Activities


chapter two

Medical Aspects of Learning Disabilities


Medical and Educational Models

Learning and the Nervous System

Etiology of Learning Disabilities

Medical Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities

Medical Treatments for Learning Problems


Questions and Activities


chapter three

Cognition and Language Characteristics of Students
with Learning Disabilities




Memory and Children with Learning Disabilities

Learning Style

Study of Language

Pragmatics: Language in Context


Questions and Activities


chapter four

Personality and Social Characteristics of Students with Learning Disabilities


Personality, Risky Behavior, and Self-Determination

Social Development of Children with Learning Disabilities


Questions and Activities


chapter five

Assessment of Learning Disabilities


Broad Purposes of Assessment

Assessment for Eligibility Decisions

Sample Eligibility Reports

Assessment for Instruction


Questions and Activities


section II Characteristics of Students with
Learning Disabilities

chapter six

Learning Characteristics in Reading and Language Arts


Reading Difficulties of Students with Learning Disabilities

Conceptualization of Reading Skills

Word Recognition and Comprehension

Reading Fluency

Reading Comprehension

Instructional Strategies for Improving Comprehension

Writing Skills

Whole-Language Instruction


Questions and Activities


chapter seven

Learning Characteristics in Math


Cognitive Abilities and Math Skills

Types of Math Learning Disabilities

Math Curriculum Standards

Curriculum-Based Assessment in Mathematics

Prognosis in Mathematics


Questions and Activities



Students with Learning Disabilities in the Classroom


Adaptive Behavior of Children with Learning Disabilities

Cognitive Characteristics of Adolescents with Learning Disabilities

Social and Emotional Characteristics in Secondary Classrooms

Summary of Educational Characteristics of Adolescents
with Learning Disabilities

Adolescents with Learning Disabilities in Secondary School


Questions and Activities


section IIIā€ƒPlacement, Services,
and Educational Treatments


Educational Placements and Services


Self-Contained Classes

Resource Rooms


Issues in Placement

Specialized Instructional Strategies


Questions and Activities



Behavioral Treatment Interventions


Common Ground among Behavioral Treatments

Positive Behavioral Supports

Techniques Involving Negative Consequences

Summary of Behavioral Interventions

Specialized Behavioral Strategies


Questions and Activities



Metacognitive Instructional Approaches for Students
with Learning Disabilities


Metacognitive Model of Learning

Other Metacognitive Strategies

Reciprocal Teaching

Scaffolded Instruction



Questions and Activities



Technology for Persons with Learning Disabilities


Technology Applications

Multimedia-Enhanced Learning

Instructional Applications of the Internet


Questions and Activities



Adults with Learning Disabilities


Characteristics of Youth and Adults with Learning Disabilities

Vocational Opportunities

College Opportunities for Youth with Learning Disabilities


Questions and Activities



Issues in the Future of Learning Disabilities


No Child Left Behind: New Issues in Education

Co-occurring Disorders

Subtyping Research

Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Implications of Brain-Compatible Research

Teaching in the Field of Learning Disabilities

Professional Improvement

An Uncertain Future and a Challenge

Questions and Activities



Objectives for the IEPs of Students with Learning Disabilities


Name Index

Subject Index

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