Many children spend their entire school lives struggling with their school work. Research has shown that at least 10-15 per cent of children with apparently normal learning ability will have a significant problem with school learning. They may feel that whatever they do it is not good enough - either for their parents, their teachers or indeed themselves. This can often result in feelings of demoralisation, and even alienation from learning and school. This book aims to address these issues and to help parents understand and deal with them.
Dyslexia: A Parents' Guide starts by correcting common misconceptions of learning difficulties that are rife in the press and popular literature, and addresses the conflicting approaches and advice from 'experts'. This authoritative guide then moves through diagnosis – with information on dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, discalculia and more – to offering practical and easy tips to enable parents to help their child overcome their learning difficulty.
Both authors are practising psychologists with extensive knowledge and experience of children's learning difficulties. They will show parents how to develop a successful approach to assessing and subsequently managing their child's difficulties.
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About the Author
Dr Valerie Muter is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond St Children's Hospital where she specialises in working with children with both developmental and neurologically-based learning disorders. She holds an Honorary Research Fellowship at the Centre for Reading and Language, University of York, and has carried out extensive collaborative research into reading development and dyslexia with Professor Margaret Snowling, the UK's leading authority on dyslexia.She was a consultant psychologist at the Dyslexia Institute (now Dyslexia Action) for 20 years.
Dr Helen Likierman is a consultant clinical psychologist working with families and children (from pre-schoolers to older adolescents) where there are concerns about learning, behaviour or emotional state. She was a consultant psychologist at the Dyslexia Institute (now Dyslexia Action) for 3 years. Currently, she works as a school counsellor and also holds a regular clinic for assessing children with learning difficulties and advising teachers and parents. She is married with two children, one of whom (her son, now aged 16) is dyspraxic and dyslexic.