Smart Kids with School Problems: Things to Know and Ways to Help

Smart Kids with School Problems: Things to Know and Ways to Help

by Priscilla L. Vail


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They are known as "conundrum kids": the math whiz who can't read, the budding artist who can't spell or solve a simple equation, the wonderfully coordinated athlete with the undecipherable handwriting. As the title of this book implies, they are a puzzle-smart kids, even extremely gifted ones, who do poorly in school. Learning specialist, diagnostician, teacher, and parent herself, Priscilla Vail has created a much-needed, authoritative guide to spotting conundrum kids, evaluating their problems, and using the right do and don't strategies for dealing with them in the school environment and at home. She provides specific remedial programs, such as multisensory training to improve reading and writing as well as techniques for taking standardized tests so that they work for conundrum kids instead of against them. Best of all, this optimistic book supplies effective methods to break the cycle of anger, fear, pressure, self-doubt and frustration, and makes it possible to turn school failure into school success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452262423
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1989
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

1Recognizing, Understanding, and Helping Conundrum Kids1
2The Young Child: Developmental Levels and Academic Requirements29
3Visual Learning47
4Motor Function and School Achievement63
5Auditory Learning: Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn86
6Language and Learning: Intellect, Language, Emotion108
7Psychological Availability for Schoolwork: Arousal, Attention, Action136
8Testing Demystified: Scores, Interpretation, Planning159
9Maturation and Higher Education: Getting It All Together187
10Three Success Stories206
Annotated Bibliography and Resources235

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