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Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential is an engaging must-read for any parent, educator, or counselor of smart kids who face learning difficulties. The authors, who have more than 20 years experience working with and advocating for gifted and learning-disabled children, provide useful, practical advice for helping smart kids with learning challenges succeed in school.

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Overview

Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential is an engaging must-read for any parent, educator, or counselor of smart kids who face learning difficulties. The authors, who have more than 20 years experience working with and advocating for gifted and learning-disabled children, provide useful, practical advice for helping smart kids with learning challenges succeed in school.

The purpose of Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties is to guide parents and educators toward identifying and planning for smart kids with learning challenges so that they will reach their true potential. This book deals with research and experience the authors have gained from working directly with students who are smart, but struggle in school. The authors present learning and teaching methods that have been applied successfully to both the gifted and talented and the learning-disabled populations. These methods can, and should, be used with all bright kids with learning difficulties, whether or not they have official labels.

Topics covered in the book include identifying and recognizing gifted/learning-disabled students, what the law says about this population, planning and developing accommodations that empower these students, what works and doesn't work in the classroom, tools and checklists to build supportive learning environments, and the roles and responsibilities of parents, students, and school personnel.

For additional information on gifted students with learning difficulties, see Distinguishing Characteristics of Gifted Students With Disabilities, Teaching Gifted Students With Disabilities, and Successful Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students.

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Read an Interview With the Smart Kids Authors


The Smart Kids authors, Rich Weinfeld, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Sue Jeweler, and Betty Roffman Shevitz, talk candidly about their experiences working with and teaching smart kids with learning difficulties. This interview offers a personal, insightful look into the lives and experiences of these leading experts from America's cutting-edge schools. To read a transcript of their interview, click here.

Check Out a Sample Chapter from Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties


"Who Are Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties?" is an engaging, interesting excerpt from the recently released book, Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties. This chapter looks at the gifted and learning-disabled population and offers definitions and characteristics of these students. To read the sample chapter, click here
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VOYA - Julie Watkins
This excellent guide provides an invaluable resource for parents and educators of youth who are identified as both gifted/talented and learning disabled. Also known as "twice-exceptional," these students defy the conventional perception of what constitutes gifted individuals. Those who work with these young adults know that the educational obstacles that they face can be daunting. The challenge lies in helping them to realize their full potential while recognizing and accommodating their different learning styles. The four authors, all acknowledged as pioneers in the field, address how to identify these students, what they need from authority figures, and what should be expected from a good academic program. The text is easy to read, with chapters divided into manageable topics and subtopics. This layout is helpful to the reader searching for specific issues particular to their needs. Updated legal aspects and responsibilities are included as well as instructional and social strategies for success. Charts detailing what works and does not work in the classroom are particularly helpful. In addition, there are self-analysis questions appropriate for those of middle and high school age to reflect on their goals and progress. For those who work with or parent twice-exceptional children, this book will be an important reference to which they will refer time and again.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781593631802
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 195
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Weinfeld is a national leader in the education of gifted children with learning difficulties. Weinfeld was instrumental in coordinating the Montgomery County, MD, gifted and learning disabled program and is currently an educational advocate in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has also taught courses on GT/LD at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of two previous books, one on GT/LD and the other on overcoming the learning challenges of boys.

Sue Jeweler, a retired teacher, spent her 30-year career in Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools. Mrs. Jeweler has been a consultant to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, Berns & Kay, and Street Law.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1
Who Are These Kids? 9
How Do We Identify Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties? 33
What Needs to Be Done for Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties and Who Is Responsible? 61
What Do Good Programs and Services Look Like? 123
What Actions Ensure That Our Smart Kids Will Overcome Their Learning Disabilities? 153
Conclusion 171
Glossary 175
References 181
Resources 187
About the Authors 193
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