Books on Learning Disabilities

Abeel, Samantha
Samantha Abeel tells her own story of living with and overcoming dyscalculia. She describes in painstaking detail how her life was affected by her learning disability before and after she was diagnosed, and the way her peers, her family, and her teachers treated her.In seventh grade, Samantha suffered anxiety attacks as she struggled to keep up in her classes, to remember two locker combinations, and to deal with new teachers. Samantha was eventually placed in Special Education classes in eighth grade, but she continued to feel anxious about her future.

Adelizzi, Jane Utley; Goss, Diane
In a straightforward and empathetic tone, Adelizzi and Goss sensitively offer support to parents of children with learning disabilities who wish to see their children grow to their full potential. While juggling the complex expectations imposed upon them, parents often combat confusion, anger, fear, sadness, and frustration. This book will help diffuse these overwhelming feelings, empowering parents with the ability to provide the academic and personal support their children need to thrive.

Caldwell, Phoebe
Phoebe Caldwell's remarkable new book makes accessible for the first time the complex, intricate inner and sensory worlds of people whose learning disabilities are combined with autistic spectrum disorder and, often, difficult-to-manage behaviour. Based on many years of working with such people, many of whom have withdrawn into a world of their own, she explores the different sensory reality they experience, showing it to be infinitely more complex and varied than is widely understood. She introduces a practical approach known as Intensive Interaction, which uses the body language of such people -- who have hitherto largely been regarded as unreachable -- to get in touch with them, giving them a way of expressing themselves which shifts their attention from solitary self-stimulation to shared activity. The outcome is not only a marked improvement in behaviour and ability to communicate but, more important, many parents will say 'they are just much happier'. Covering not only the practical aspects of introducing this technique, but also the thinking behind it, this landmark book has much to say on behalf of a group that has in the past largely been denied a voice, and will open new avenues for both practice and research. It will be invaluable for parents, carers, and all who work with this group.

Cavey, Diane Walton
This book provides guidelines for recognizing and identifying children with dysgraphia, parenting and teaching methods, and numerous tips and resources. You will find information of particular value and interest if you are a parent, teacher, pediatrician, neurologist, psychologist, counselor, or involved with child development or education. This edition provides understanding of the special needs, both educationally and socially, of these students. It provides numerous ideas and methods for promoting success and positive self-regard. Besides alternatives to handwriting, the most valued thing we can give our children is a positive attitude about themselves and about their abilities and limitations.

Chivers, Maria
Over the years, many quick fix approaches to cure dyslexia have been developed and used. These 'miracle cures' have offered hope to many parents who are left disillusioned by the school system and health service. With no other way to turn, many parents spend more and more money on special glasses, vitamins, exercises and specialist advice, but do they actually work? Written by a parent of two dyslexic sons, who herself searched for anything that would 'cure' them, this new book is a practical guide to dyslexia's many 'miracle cures'. Practical Strategies for Living with Dyslexia suggests that early identification of this condition may be the key. Dyslexia is often not diagnosed until children have started school, yet testing is now available from the age of four-and-a-half years. On top of this many dyslexics also have eye and ear problems that go undetected, which further exacerbates the problem. Looking at the possible remedies available, such as tinted glasses, nutritional supplements and exercising, and considering the benefits of early identification of dyslexia, this book will be an essential practical resource for both the parents of, and the professionals who work, with people with dyslexia.

Greenbaum, Judith; Markel, Geraldine
This problem-solving guide gives teachers and other professionals the information and materials they need to improve ADD/LD teens' academic and social skills and develop appropriate educational programs for them. A practical checklist format makes it easy to locate essential information, and hot topics such as self-management, motivation, homework completion, medication, and assistive technology are covered in detail. The book includes interesting student case histories throughout, over 100 reproducible graphic organizers, and specific recommendations for involving parents. A special appendix at the end of the book identifies 20 common classroom problems, from excessive movement, overactivity and hyperactivity to poor test-taking skills, and lists strategies to help students with ADHD or LD.

Groves, Penny
This workbook, designed for students in grades K-3 to reinforce correct letter and word formations, includes activities that improve visual tracking skills using auditory and tactile components to identify the position of easily reversed letters in isolated words. Reproducibles included. Illustrations.

Hallowell, Edward
The coauthor of the bestselling Driven to Distraction broadens his scope with this practical, accessible guide to coping with a wide range of behavioral problems in children from birth to age eighteen. 'Soothing reassurance with powerful information to worried parents who are seeking answers.'--Harvey Parker, Ph.D., author of The ADD Hyperactivity Book for Parents, Teachers, and Kids.

Harwell, Joan

Hultquist, Alan
Using illustrative case studies, Alan M. Hultquist addresses many of the issues surrounding dyslexia, including possible causes and subtypes, means of testing, remediation and the controversial matter of "staying back" to repeat a school year. He identifies possible methods of classroom accommodation for dyslexic students in a range of subject areas. The list of useful resources at the back of the book can be used by parents and professionals to help explain dyslexia to children, and to help them find further information and teaching tools. This complete introductory guide to dyslexia is a must'read for parents of children with dyslexia, especially parents with children who are newly diagnosed, and for all those who work with dyslexic children and their families.

Icon Health Publications
This book has been created for parents who have decided to make education and research an integral part of the treatment process. Although it also gives information useful to doctors, caregivers and other health professionals, it tells parents where and how to look for information covering virtually all topics related to dysgraphia (also ), from the essentials to the most advanced areas of research. The title of this book includes the word official. This reflects the fact that the sourcebook draws from public, academic, government, and peer-reviewed research. Selected readings from various agencies are reproduced to give you some of the latest official information available to date on dysgraphia. Given parents' increasing sophistication in using the Internet, abundant references to reliable Internet-based resources are provided throughout this sourcebook. Where possible, guidance is provided on how to obtain free-of-charge, primary research results as well as more detailed information via the Internet. E-book and electronic versions of this sourcebook are fully interactive with each of the Internet sites mentioned (clicking on a hyperlink automatically opens your browser to the site indicated). Hard-copy users of this sourcebook can type cited Web addresses directly into their browsers to obtain access to the corresponding sites. In addition to extensive references accessible via the Internet, chapters include glossaries of technical or uncommon terms.

Kay, Kiesa
Profoundly gifted kids often get the least help in school. It's assumed they're smart enough to succeed on their own, plus teachers (and parents) feel out of their depth with these unique kids. A blend of personal stories and practical strategies, scholarly articles and entertaining essays from a community of voices -- parents, educators, authors, researchers, and other experts -- this book addresses the joys and challenges of raising and teaching, living with and understanding exceptionally gifted kids of all ages. Recommended for any adult who wants to know more (and may be desperate to know more) about high-IQ kids and how to support them, advocate for them, and meet their social, emotional, and learning needs.

Kirby, Amanda; Drew, Sharon
Built upon the good practice for which the Dyscovery Centre has become so well known, this book takes a broader view of the difficulties that those with additional needs face. It considers whether this is a health, educational or social difficulty and what the wider implications are for the individual and how they manage at home and in the community. The authors look at what happens, what can be done to help and what changes occur as the child becomes an adolescent and eventually an adult. Teachers, SENCOs, teaching assistants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and parents of children with dyspraxia or developmental co-ordination disorders should find this book stimulates their thinking and helps them in their work.

Kutscher, Martin
Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children -- from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders -- whether at home, at school, or in other settings -- along with case vignettes and practical tips. The author's sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs.

Latham, Peter; Latham, Patricia
This second edition is over 300 pages long and deals with cutting edge issues in education, professional licensing, and employment. It also covers: LD as an impairment, protection under the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.. It reviews court cases and provides the basic tools which will assist the parent, attorney, individual with LD, or other advocate in understanding the law. Books by these authors are widely praised for their clarity.

Levine, Mel
"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known learning experts and pediatricians in America today. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in others, but no one is equally capable in all. Yet most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy. As a result, many children struggle because their learning patterns don't fit the way they are being taught. In his #1 New York Times bestseller A Mind at a Time, Dr. Levine shows parents and those who care for children how to identify these individual learning patterns, explaining how they can strengthen a child's abilities and either bypass or help overcome the child's weaknesses, producing positive results instead of repeated frustration and failure. Consistent progress can result when we understand that not every child can do equally well in every type of learning and begin to pay more attention to individual learning patterns -- and individual minds -- so that we can maximize children's success and gratification in life. In A Mind at a Time Dr. Levine shows us how.

Lovecky, Dierdre
Recognizing the different levels and kinds of giftedness, this book provides an insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with attention difficulties. Explaining why certain children are gifted and how giftedness is manifested, each chapter on a specific topic addresses the relevance for children with AD/HD, autism and Asperger Syndrome. Lovecky guides parents and professionals through methods of diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behavior and relationships at home and at school.

Mitchell, Duncan
Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities charts the course through which people with learning disabilities have become increasingly able to direct their own lives as fully active members of their communities. Accounts from the UK, Australia, Canada and Iceland consider both the individual pioneers of self advocacy and local and national groups that have been set up to work actively towards improved services for people with learning disabilities. The book also examines what self-advocacy means for these people and provides an overview of how opportunities and services have changed for them over the decades. Many of the personal accounts, photographs and songs included in this book will be accessible and encouraging to people with learning disabilities, and they will provide inspiring reading for professionals who work with them, family members and community and government service providers.

Orlassino, Cheryl
This workbook contains 55 lessons with exercises and word lists, designed to gradually teach the dyslexic student to decode words using phonics, rules, memory cues and much more. The lessons gradually build up to the next topic, offering repetition for reinforcement. This reading program is based on the well known Orton-Gillingham method for overcoming dyslexia. Also available in spiral (coil) binding. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Pennington, Bruce F.
Although a variety of professionals regularly evaluate large numbers of children with learning problems, very little exists in the way of uniform standards or approaches, either within or across disciplines. This unique work synthesizes--in one accessible volume--the available information on learning disorders from such relevant disciplines as education, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, and child psychiatry. Presenting the state of the art in both research and practice, DIAGNOSING LEARNING DISORDERS combines a comprehensive review of the etiology and neuropsychology of each disorder with a detailed section on diagnosis and treatment. Part I covers background issues that are important for understanding subsequent chapters on specific learning disorders. The author provides a neuropsychological framework for the nosology that is used and delineates the validity of the diagnostic approach being proposed. Providing a format for reviewing what is known about each of the disorders, he discusses the clinical processes of making diagnostic decisions and providing feedback. The relationships between symptoms, history, behavioral observations, test data, and the diagnostic conclusion are analyzed. Guidelines for communicating a diagnosis to parents, the children themselves, and other professionals are included. In Part II, each chapter focuses on a specific learning disorder. These include: dyslexia and other developmental language disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, right hemisphere learning disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and acquired memory disorder. Each chapter is divided into two sections, one reviewing the research on the disorder and the other considering differential diagnosis and treatment options. Each chapter offers a basic definition of the disorder and takes into account four levels of analysis: etiology, brain mechanisms, neuropsychological phenotype, and symptoms. Detailed case presentations are provided to help clinicians become more proficient at the differential diagnosis of these common problems of childhood. Rounding out the volume, Part III examines the implications for research and practice. Both scholarly and clinically practical, DIAGNOSING LEARNING DISORDERS is a valuable resource for neuropsychologists, school psychologists, child clinical and developmental psychologists, speech and language pathologists, special educators, child psychiatrists, and pediatricians. It also serves as a text for graduate courses on learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, cognitive assessment, and developmental neuropsychology.

Features and Benefits: -Profiles of learning disability programs at more than 750 institution in the U.S. and Canada. -Legal considerations for learning disability programs, including distinctions between K-12 and higher education requirements. -Step-By-Step Process to Gaining Admittance to Learning Disability Programs. -Tips on how to prepare for the college experience. -Profiles of successful people with learning disabilities

Richards, Regina
Dysgraphia is often misunderstood by parents, teachers, and students. This book is designed to present a student's view of the struggles and frustrations, while also presenting hope and specific strategies and compensations. Students (particularly elementary and middle school ages) will enjoy reading about Eli's adventures. Parents and professionals will gain insight into some of the issues, particularly feelings, students may have related to having a significant writing problem, dysgraphia. Throughout the story, Eli describes his feelings about the issue of writing and the reactions of his peers and teachers. After a significant adventure, Eli and his friends realize that everyone is different with different combinations of strengths and weaknesses. Several appendices include actual stories written by Eli in elementary school and a list of specific strategies for students with writing problems. An epilogue presents an Allegory written by Eli in college.

Ryden, Michael; Copley, Derek
'A book to be commended to everyone. There are very few books written for ordinary members of the public on Dyslexia, but this one gives a very clear insight into the difficulties and frustrations experienced by those suffering from this disability.' -- Disability News 'Written from personal experience, this book clearly describes and illustrates how written communication can appear to a dyslexic person. The reader gains an increased awareness of the problems and understanding of how difficulties can be minimised. This book reinforces positive attitudes, and will be of interest to parents, teachers and employers.' -- Disabled Living Foundation '...well written and beautifully printed. The style is direct and informative and could help not only parents and teachers but young people struggling to understand why they are encountering problems with reading, writing and spelling...' -- Rehab Network

Smith, Corrinne

Taylor, Shirley
This teacher handbook provides professional developmental support, direction and practical wisdom to those teachers who have children with special abilities in their classrooms. It is the result of the author's extensive experience in working with children who are gifted and talented. Strongly underpinned by current thinking in the area of gifted and talented education, the resource also takes and accessible and practical 'inclusive' approach to ways of working with highly able children in regular classrooms.

Taymans, Juliana; West, Lynda; Sullivan, Madeline
Unlocking Potential is an indispensable tool for high school students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) preparing for the world of postsecondary education and employment. It is brimming with the latest information on LD and AD/HD, as well as advice, practical tips, and resources designed to make their transition from high school a success. From selecting and applying to a program to setting and achieving goals, this book leads them on their way. Written by a team of over 20 professionals in the field of postsecondary transition, Unlocking Potential helps people recognize their own learning strengths and weakness, which is the first step to managing their disability. As the authors stress, people with LD and AD/HD are most successful when they make modifications and seek counseling that supports their unique needs. The book offers strategies for overcoming problem areas such as time management, organizational skills, note taking, test taking, and establishing goals. Unlocking Potential also promotes the concept of self-determination-an individual's ability to define and achieve goals based on knowing and valuing oneself. A person is more likely to attain desired goals when he or she is a strong self-advocate. Finally, the comprehensive listings of resources at the end of each chapter are one of the book's most valuable features with recommended books, fact sheets, video/audio materials, and support organizations.

West, Thomas G.
Profiles gifted individuals who used nontraditional methods in their work as it explodes many myths about conventional intelligence and charts new vistas for today's computer visualization technologies. The computer-generated information superhighway could launch a new renaissance of creativity for millions of visual thinkers! Some of the greatest minds in politics, science, literature, and the arts experienced undetected learning disabilities that stopped them from assimilating information the same way as their peers. Some of our most original intellects -- Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Lewis Carroll, and Winston Churchill -- relied heavily on visual modes of thought, processing information in terms of images instead of words or numbers. In the Mind's Eye profiles gifted individuals who used nontraditional methods in their work as it explodes many myths about conventional intelligence and charts new vistas for today's computer visualization technologies. Thomas G. West examines the learning difficulties experienced by these people and others, and how recent neurological research shows an association between visual talents and verbal difficulties. He probes new data on dyslexics to see how computers enhance the creative potential of visual thinkers, as well as interactive computer applications to all levels of education and work. Updated with a new preface, epilogue, and expanded notes, this volume could be the clarion call for educators and corporations to mine this untapped resource of highly creative talent in our midst.

Wong, Bernice
In 1991, Academic Press published Bernice Wong's Learning About Learning Disabilities to great success. The Second Edition will keep up the momentum on this popular title, and bring the chapters up-to-date inthis fast moving field. This is the first text to give equal attention to the intellectual, conceptual, and practical aspects of learning disabilities. Topical coverage is both comprehensive and thorough, and the information presented is up-to-date. Nineteen chapters cover all aspects of learning disabilities, including assessment, attention disorders, memory, language, vision, socialization, reading, writing, and math. The book also offers chapters on learning disabilities in adolescents and adults.

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