Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Strategies to Succeed in School and Life with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, and Processing Disorders

Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Strategies to Succeed in School and Life with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, and Processing Disorders


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Based in cutting-edge research in neuroscience, education, and the principles of attachment-based teaching, this important guide for parents offers tools and practices to help children transcend language-based learning difficulties, do better in school, and gain self-confidence and self-esteem.

If your child has a language-based learning difficulty—such as dyscalculia, dyslexia, and auditory processing disorder—they may have to work twice as hard to keep up with their peers in school. Your child may also have feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, or shame as a result of their learning differences. As a parent, it hurts to see your child struggle. But the good news is that there are proven-effective strategies you can learn to help your child be their best. This book will show you how.

Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities outlines an attachment-based approach to help your child succeed based in the latest research. This research indicates that a secure attachment relationship between you and your child actually optimizes their learning ability by enhancing motivation, regulating anxiety, and triggering neuroplasticity. In this book, you’ll discover why it’s so important to accurately assess your child, find new perspectives on LBLDs based on the most current studies, and discover tips and strategies for navigating school, home life, and your child’s future. Most importantly, you’ll learn how your own special bond with your child can help spark their interest in reading, writing, and math.

Every child is unique—and every child learns in his or her own way. With this groundbreaking guide, you’ll be able to help your child thrive, in school and life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684030989
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 205,501
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Daniel Franklin, PhD, holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in reading, language, and learning disabilities, as well as a PhD in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has over thirty years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. Franklin is founder and president of Los Angeles, CA-based Franklin Educational Services, Inc., which provides individualized school support services for students of all ages and needs.

Foreword writer Louis Cozolino, PhD, is professor of psychology at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and author of The Social Neuroscience of Education.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Part I An Overview of Language-Based Learning Difficulties

Chapter 1 What Is a Language-Based Learning Difficulty? 9

An Overview of Language-Based Learning Difficulties 13

Your Child's Learning Environment 16

Chapter 2 Correctly Assessing Your Child 19

Levels of Support in Public Schools 21

Private Assessments 29

Chapter 3 A Kinder Way to Support Your Child 37

Your Relationship With Your Child Is More Important Than Schoolwork 40

Collaboration Is Not "Enabling" 41

The Role of Bypass Strategies 42

Subshill Coupling: The Underlying Problem 45

Part II Succeeding at School

Chapter 4 Forming a Strong Bond with Your Child 51

Step 1 Identify the Problem 52

Step 2 Break the Cycle of Negative Feedback 54

Step 3 Promote Emotional Regulation 55

Step 4 Embrace the Value of Play 58

Step 5 Adjust Homework and How Much You Help 60

Step 6 Intervene During a Crisis 62

Step 7 Stay Patient and Positive 64

Chapter 5 Navigating School 69

Establishing Good Relationships with Teachers and Administrators 69

Establishing Good Habits in the Classroom 73

Reconsidering How You Value Grades and Independent Learning 75

Strategies for Promoting Active Learning 77

Knowing When to Bring in a Tutor 82

Chapter 6 Dyslexia: Unable to Read in a Reading World 85

Creating a Culture of Language in Your Home 86

How to Correct Reading Mistakes 89

How to Encourage a Reluctant Reader 90

How to Provide Reading Instruction to a Child with Dyslexia 92

How to Develop Your Child's Vocabulary 99

How to Teach Advanced Reading Skills 100

How to Manage the Reading Demands of Homework 104

Chapter 7 Dysgraphia: Unable to Write in a Writing World 109

Creating a Culture of Writing in Your Home 110

How to Develop Foundational Writing Skills 113

How to Collaborate on Writing Assignments 116

How to Write with Your Child 119

Chapter 8 Dyscalculia: Unable to Compute in a STEM World 125

Creating a Culture of Math in Your Home 126

How to Make Math Enjoyable 127

How to Introduce Metacognition (Thinking About Thinking) 130

How to Supplement Math 132

How to Help with Math Homework 134

How to Manage Math Anxiety 138

Chapter 9 Information Processing and Memory 141

Nuts and Bolts of Memory 143

Strategies to Help Your Child Process and Remember 146

Why We Forget 152

Chapter 10 Managing ADHD and Executive Functioning Deficits 155

Getting (and Staying) Organized 157

Getting Started on Homework 158

Sustained Attention 159

Regulating Emotion During Homework 160

Chapter 11 Working with Your 11th or 12th Grader 165

Managing Upper-Grade Demands 166

The Importance of a Positive Mindset 170

Part III Succeeding at Life

Chapter 12 Navigating Life Outside of School 179

Promoting Social Skills 179

Managing Anxiety and Stress 189

Developing a Healthy Lifestyle 191

Promoting Financial Responsibility 193

Making the Most of Summer Vacation 194

Chapter 13 Cultivating Independence After High School 199

Academic Options After High School 200

Part-Time or Full-Time Work 204

Independent Living 205

Acknowledgments 207

Further Reading 211

References 217


Franklin resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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