This fourth edition examines the characteristics of individuals with learning disabilities and how their success is mediated by the demands and attitudes of their families and school environments. The book takes an ecological perspective on learning disabilities. A focus on multicultural diversity issues is included in special sections throughout. It is written in a readable style with many anecdotes and over 45 personal vignettes contributed by individuals with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers, and psychologists. Topics to this new edition include: the concept of learning disabilities; causes of learning disabilities; task and setting contributors; academic development; social-emotional development; assessment; and more. Educators of students with learning disabilities.