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Learning Disabilities - A to Z A Complete Guide to Learning Disabilities from Preschool to Adulthood

ISBN-10: 143915869X
ISBN-13: 9781439158692
Edition: 2010 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 9/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Lisa Strick is a freelance writer who for many years has produced features on family and education for national magazines. She is the mother of two grown sons, one of whom has a learning disability. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Understanding Learning Disabilities
What are Learning Disabilities?
What Causes Learning Disabilities?
Brain Injury
Errors in Brain Development
Chemical Imbalances
Heredity
Environmental Influences
Basic Types of Learning Disability
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Visual-Perception Disabilities
Language-Processing Disabilities
Fine-Motor Disabilities
How are Learning Disabilities Identified?
Warning Signs at Home and at School
Developmental Delays
Inconsistent Performance
Loss of Interest in Learning
Unexpected Underachievement
Persistent Behavioral or Emotional Problems
Declining Confidence and Self-Esteem
The Learning Disabilities Evaluation
Become Informed about Federal and Local Regulations
Investigate the Investigators
Ask about Tests
Find Out what Other Kinds of Information will be Collected
Prepare Your Child for the Evaluation
Start Keeping Records Now
Give Yourself Time to Deal with Evaluation Results
When in Doubt, Get a Second Opinion
Becoming an Expert on Your Child
Are There Physical or Health Concerns we have to Address?
What is My Child's Overall Learning Potential?
Exactly where are the Areas of Disability?
What are My Child's Strengths?
What Kind of Academic Support does My Child Need?
What Kind of Social Support does My Child Need?
What Kind of Emotional Support does My Child Need?
An Appropriate Education
Becoming an Education Activist
Preparing Individualized Education Programs
Monitoring Student Progress
Providing Appropriate Support at Home
Developing an Effective Educational Program
The Program Must Teach and Reinforce Basic Skills
The Program Must Enable the Student to Keep Up with Class Content
The Program Must Help the Student Learn Appropriate Educational Strategies
The Program Must Help the Student Address Problem Behaviors
The ABCs of Success in School
Get Organized
Help Children Find their Preferred Learning Styles
Keep on Top of the Curriculum
Pay Attention to Basic Skills
Take Advantage of Technology
Avoid Homework Traps
Give Yourselves a Break
A Quality Life
Social and Emotional Growth
Learning Disabilities and Child Development
The Preschool Child
The Elementary School Student
The Adolescent
The Young Adult
Strategies for Promoting Personal Success
Believe in Your Child
Establish Realistic Expectations
Give the Child Responsibility
Improve Social Skills and Opportunities
Be Consistent about Rules and Limits
Tune in to Family Dynamics
Look for Outside Support when You Need it
Looking Forward to the Future
Does the Student have a Plan for Continuing Education or Specific Job Training After High School?
Does the Young Adult Understand his Legal Rights and Advocate for Himself Appropriately?
Is the Young Adult Ready to Leave Home?
Common Assessment Measures
The Development of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Learning Strategies
Using Assistive Technologies
Resource List
Index
Acknowledgments

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