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Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom: How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed
     

Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom: How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed

by Myles L. Cooley
 

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Written for all classroom teachers, this book helps you learn about a wide variety of mental health disorders and learning problems, including how to recognize the symptoms, respond appropriately, and meet students' learning needs. Written by a clinical psychologist, this user-friendly, jargon-free guide describes mental health and learning disorders often observed in

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Written for all classroom teachers, this book helps you learn about a wide variety of mental health disorders and learning problems, including how to recognize the symptoms, respond appropriately, and meet students' learning needs. Written by a clinical psychologist, this user-friendly, jargon-free guide describes mental health and learning disorders often observed in schoolchildren, explains how each might be exhibited in the classroom, and offers expert suggestions on what to do (and sometimes what not to do).

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In an age when more and more children and adolescents with disabilities are being educated in regular classrooms, it behooves educators to secure resources geared toward accommodating pupils with diverse learning needs. Dr. Myles Cooley's recent publication fills a void on teachers' bookshelves by combining concise overviews of a plethora of disabilities and linking them to practical suggestions aimed at creating functional learning environments for these selfsame students. Dr. Cooley's resource guide begins with an overview of common traits necessary for establishing and maintaining classrooms capable of effectively addressing multiple student needs. Aspects such as classroom climate, expectations, tolerance, and direct social skills instruction are carefully delineated with concise yet comprehensive suggestions as per their provision included. Then in the body of this valuable book, the author presents the types of categorical disabilities that many teachers may see some of their students manifesting. In sequence Dr. Cooley touches upon concepts such as mood disorders, various forms of learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, ADHD, and other areas of need that approximately 20% of all pupils may well possess. Each disability condition is introduced, chronicled, and presented from a pragmatic and reflective intervention mode. In this way Dr. Myles Cooley has crafted a compendium of resource information that can serve educators well. This is a book that will assist many teachers and other educational professionals in their efforts to develop effective strategies and learning environments designed to flexibly address the needs of often overlooked pupils. Reviewer: Greg M.Romaneck
Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Cooley, a clinical psychologist with a private practice and a consulting service to several schools, has written a handbook that would be useful for teachers at all levels. Part One contains general information for teachers and school personnel who serve children with disabilities, according to federal and state guidelines for children who need educational supports. Included are sections about communicating with parents, positive behavioral supports, and helping children build social skills to help build friendships and become a functioning member of the school community. Part Two is broken into short sections about various learning, mental health, mood, and communication disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Asperger's Syndrome. While the information presented by Dr. Cooley is not new or earth shattering, it is presented in a format that is accessible, giving teachers a plethora of options to use when working with children who have seemingly insurmountable problems. Cooley speaks positively about all children and puts the onus of making the relationship work squarely on the shoulders of the teachers. Included here are Harris' Bill of Rights for students who have ADHD, as well as numerous first person accounts from children describing what it feels like to have one or more of these disorders. Finally, he gives an extensive list of resources for each disorder described in the book, providing teachers with additional options if more information is needed. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
From the Publisher

“This book is a great resource for schools, providing educators and support staff with information that affects an estimated 30 percent of students in school settings. . . . It is an excellent resource for school psychologists to share with educators (especially new teachers) to help them learn critical information in a short amount of time, improving their understanding of the issues faced by students with learning and mental health needs.” —Jennifer Mangum, Ed.S., NCSP, for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

 

“This solid new resource is a must read for everyone (counselors, teachers, school psychologists and others) interested in helping all students thrive...This book is also an excellent source of information regarding mental health and learning disorders. When used as a quick reference guidebook, one can read about a specific disorder, learn about behaviors and symptoms associated with the disorder and find classroom strategies and interventions to help students with the disorder succeed…An extremely useful tool for any educator to use when working with all students.” —Becky Thomas, Counseling Today, newsletter of the American Counseling Association

"This accessible, ready-to-use guide describes mental health and learning disorders often observed in school children, explains how each might be exhibited in the classroom, and offers suggestions for what to do (and what not to do). Written to and for the regular classroom teacher, this book is a valuable tool for all school personnel, parents, and anyone who works with children." —National Association of Elementary School Principals

“Lots of practical suggestions on how to accommodate and respond to kids with various types of mental health and learning problems. With all these kids in our classrooms now, this resource can be very helpful to teachers who get little training in this area.”—Teacher Magazine

“This ready reference describes mental health and learning disorders and offers expert advice on what to do to meet students' learning and emotional needs.”—School & Community

"Examines more than 20 mental-health and learning disorders, describes their symptoms and behaviours, suggests classroom strategies and intervention, and notes the professional treatments available for each." —Professionally Speaking

 “An important resource for every teacher . . . this book will reduce teachers’ anxieties as an increasing number of students with special needs are being mainstreamed. . . . A “bible” for all of us, a handbook that will never collect dust.”—TeacherLeaders.org (by Carol Patterson, NBCT, second grade teacher, coordinator for NBCT Support, Union County, NC Public Schools)

“Overall, this book is a must-have guide for educators. I don’t know how anyone in today’s classroom survives without one.”—Sue Watson, About.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575427881
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D., has been practicing psychology for over 30 years. He evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of problems. Dr. Cooley serves as a consultant to schools and has presented educational programs to educators, mental health professionals, physicians, and parents.

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