How the Special Needs Brain Learns

ISBN-10: 1412949874

ISBN-13: 9781412949873

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: David A. Sousa
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Description: "Presents a highly readable overview of a variety of special needs accompanied by practical information about how to address those needs. Makes the relationship between the special need and the brain clear and understandable for the lay reader." Lois A. Fisch, Director of Education, Utica College Praise for the First Edition "The book's greatest strength may be its logical explanation of why todays students develop and learn differently, so that a functionally unchanging educational system is no longer appropriate in meeting learner needs." CHOICE, 2002 Leverage brain research to develop successful strategies for special needs students! Since the first edition of David A. Sousa's bestseller on a brain-based approach for special education, scientists have made remarkable progress in understanding how the human brain functions. Now, How the Special Needs Brain Learns, Second Edition helps you turn the latest developments in neuroscience into practical classroom activities for students with common learning challenges. In this completely revised second edition, Sousa builds on the latest data by examining both simple and complex learning strategies that can be adapted for students with learning disabilities such as ADHD/ADD; speech, reading, writing, and math disabilities; emotional and behavioral disorders; autism; and Asperger's Syndrome. Emphasizing lifelong independent learning, increased retention, and cognitive flexibility, this revision offers educators targeted assistance with: Responsiveness to Intervention (RTI) for evaluating students at risk Expanded chapters on attention and autism spectrum disorders Revised material on reading, emotional, and behavioral disorders A new final chapter featuring a practical framework for identifying, accommodating, and motivating special needs students References to more than 230 new scientific studies Offering real strategies for real classrooms, Sousa's latest work is an indispensable tool for all educators, school administrators and teachers, staff developers, preservice educators, and even parents who want to better understand the way their children process and retain information.

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 10/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

Dr. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of 15 books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.Dr. Sousa has a bachelorrsquo;s degree in chemistry from Bridgewater State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris (France), and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. His most popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns , fourth edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns , second edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns ; How the Brain Learns to Read ; How the Brain Influences Behavior ; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics , which was selected by the Independent Publishersrsquo; Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008. The Leadership Brain suggests ways for educators to lead todayrsquo;s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages.Dr. Sousa is past president of Learning Forward (formerly NSCD). He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State University, and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in Philadelphia.Dr. Sousa has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.

List of Strategies to Consider
About the Author
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Who Are Special Needs Students?
Can Brain Research Help?
What Is in This Book?
A Word of Caution
The Brain and Learning
Some Exterior Parts of the Brain
Lobes of the Brain
Motor Cortex and Somatosensory Cortex
Cerebellum
Some Interior Parts of the Brain
Brainstem
Limbic Area
Cerebrum
Brain Cells
Learning and Retention
Implications for Students With Learning Disabilities
Rehearsal
Learning Motor Skills
How Different Are the Brains of Today's Students?
The Search for Novelty
Have Schools Changed to Deal With This Different Brain?
When Learning Difficulties Arise
Research Examines Learning Disabilities
Possible Causes of Learning Disabilities
Gender Differences
What Forms of Instruction Are Most Effective?
Misconceptions About Learning Disabilities
Gifted Children With Learning Disabilities
Responsiveness to Intervention
Key Elements of Responsiveness to Intervention
Helping Students Become Strategic Learners
What Is Learning?
Learning Difficulties of Students With Learning Disabilities
What Are Learning Strategies?
How Important Is Self-Esteem?
Attention Disorders
Research Findings
What Is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
What Causes ADHD?
Is ADHD Inherited?
IS ADHD on the Increase?
Is it Possible to Have ADHD-Like Behavior and Not Have ADHD?
The Future of ADHD Research and Treatment
What Educators Need to Consider
Speech Disabilities
Learning Spoken Language
Is Language Prewired in the Brain?
Speech and Language Patterns by Age
Putting the Language Components Together
Problems in Learning Spoken Language
Language Problems With Children and Adolescents
Language Deficits and Learning a Second Language
The Future of Speech-Language Disorders Research
What Educators Need to Consider
Reading Disabilities
Learning to Read
Is Reading a Natural Ability?
Spoken Language and Reading
Decoding and Comprehension
Difficulties in Learning to Read
Social and Cultural Causes of Reading Problems
Physical Causes of Reading Problems
Is Dyslexia Present in Readers of Other Languages?
Brain Imaging Studies and Dyslexia
Detecting Reading Problems
Spoken Language Difficulties
Early Indicators of Reading Problems
What Educators Need to Consider
What Teachers Should Know About Teaching Reading
What Beginning Readers Need to Learn
Some Effective Reading Intervention Programs
Writing Disabilities
Learning to Write
Difficulties in Writing
Environmental Causes
Neurological Causes
Dysgraphia
What Educators Need to Consider
Characterisitics of Good Writing
Helping Students With Dysgraphia
Mathematical Disabilities
Learning to Calculate
Numerical Reasoning Independent of Language
Gender Differences in Mathematics
Difficulties in Mathematics
Dyscalculia
The Future of Research in Mathematics Disorders
What Educators Need to Consider
Determining the Source of the Problem
Diagnostic Tools for Assessing Learning Difficulties in Mathematics
Other Considerations
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Emotions, Behavior, and Learning
Pathways of Emotional Signals
Different Brain Areas for Different Emotions
First Survival and Emotions, Then the Textbook
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Depressive Disorders
Other Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Impact of Childhood Abuse
The Future of Research in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
What Educators Need to Consider
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Future of Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders
What Educators Need to Consider
Putting It All Together
Helping Students With Learning Difficulties
Identifying Students With Learning Difficulties
Accommodating Students With Learning Difficulties
Motivating Students With Learning Difficulties
Communicating With Parents
Glossary
References
Resources
Index
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