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Catalog of Learning Disability Books

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Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

Author: David Flink
ISBN:0062225936
Publication Date:2014-08-26
List Price:$15.99
Lowest New Price:$7.50
Rank:134220
Description:

An innovative, comprehensive guide—the first of its kind—to help parents understand and accept learning disabilities in their children, offering tips and strategies for successfully advocating on their behalf and helping them become their own best advocates.

In Thinking Differently, David Flink, the leader of Eye to Eye—a national mentoring program for students with learning and attention issues—enlarges our understanding of the learning process and offers powerful, innovative strategies for parenting, teaching, and supporting the 20 percent of students with learning disabilities. An outstanding fighter who has helped thousands of children adapt to their specific learning issues, Flink understands the needs and experiences of these children first hand. He, too, has dyslexia and ADHD.

Focusing on how to arm students who think and learn differently with essential skills, including meta-cognition and self-advocacy, Flink offers real, hard advice, providing the tools to address specific problems they face—from building self-esteem and reconstructing the learning environment, to getting proper diagnoses and discovering their inner gifts. With his easy, hands-on “Step-by-Step Launchpad to Empowerment,” parents can take immediate steps to improve their children’s lives.

Thinking Differently is a brilliant, compassionate work, packed with essential insights and real-world applications indispensable for parents, educators, and other professional involved with children with learning disabilities.


Learning Disabilities and Related Disabilities: Strategies for Success

Author: Janet W. Lerner
ISBN:1285433203
Publication Date:2014-01-01
List Price:$275.95
Lowest New Price:$80.60
Rank:80467
Description:
The book that set the standard for those working toward certification in special education has been revised and updated to meet the needs of a new generation of teachers and students. A cross-categorical emphasis that makes it suitable for a broad number of courses-including those aimed at teaching students with related disabilities and those teaching students on the Autism Spectrum. The authors describe the characteristics of learning disabilities as well as other disabilities, and offer practical teaching strategies for general education and special education teachers, school psychologists, administrators, and related professionals. Pre-service and in-service classroom teachers, who are increasingly responsible for teaching students with special needs within general education or inclusive classrooms, will find LEARNING DISABILITIES AND RELATED DISABILITIES: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS, 13th Edition, especially helpful.

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

Author: Corinne Smith Ph.D.
ISBN:143915869X
Publication Date:2010-09-07
List Price:$18.00
Lowest New Price:$7.29
Rank:263868
Description:
Enriched throughout with personal stories and tips from parents, this updated edition of Learning Disabilities: A to Z is an essential, up-to-the-minute resource for parents and professionals who work with children and adolescents.

The world of learning disabilities is undeniably complicated and challenging. Shining a bright light into this territory, Learning Disabilities: A to Z has long been the trusted resource for parents, helping them navigate the tough issues and arming them with the knowledge necessary to advocate for their children at school.

Filled with anecdotes and advice from parents, teachers, and counselors, this completely revised edition helps parents understand the nature of their children’s learning disabilities, prepares them to negotiate for effective programming at school, and builds awareness of crucial issues of social and emotional growth. Written with warmth and compassion, the book covers every stage of development from the first day of preschool to the first day on the job.

Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors: Using the Building Blocks Model to Guide Intervention and Classroom Management, Third Edition

Author: Nancy Mather Ph.D.
ISBN:1598578367
Publication Date:2015-04-07
List Price:$64.95
Lowest New Price:$47.68
Rank:74628
Description:

Why do students in Grades K–12 struggle with social and academic skills, and how can teachers help them develop the competence and confidence they need to succeed? Get practical answers in the new edition of this bestselling book, a staple of teacher training since 2001. It's structured like the popular previous editions: a detailed questionnaire pinpoints each student's individual strengths and needs, and an updated version of the highly effective Building Blocks model helps educators target 12 school success factors with proven strategies and guidelines they can use right away. Reliable, up-to-date research makes this a perfect preservice textbook, and the classroom-ready strategies are a lifeline for in-service teachers as they work toward better outcomes for struggling students.

HELP STUDENTS MASTER 12 BUILDING BLOCKS OF LEARNING:

  • Self-Regulation
  • Behavior
  • Emotions
  • Resilience
  • Phonological
  • Orthographic
  • Memory
  • Motor
  • Automaticity/Efficiency
  • Verbal
  • Nonverbal
  • Executive Functions

WHAT'S NEW: New in–depth information on today's most critical topics, including school climate, multi tiered systems of support (MTSS), positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), social emotional learning, and student—teacher interactions. You'll also get fresh contributions from experts on learning disabilities and behavior challenges, plus lists of helpful apps and other online resources.


(Un)Learning Disability Recognizing and Changing Restrictive Views of Student Ability (Disability, Culture, and Equity)

Author: AnnMarie Baines
ISBN:0807755362
Publication Date:2014-03-03
List Price:$35.95
Lowest New Price:$34.49
Rank:297042
Description:
How do high school students confront and resolve conflicting messages about their intelligence and academic potential, particularly when labeled with social and learning disabilities? How does disability become disablement when negative attitudes and disparaging perceptions of ability position students as outsiders? Following the lives of adolescents at home and at school, the author makes visible the disabling language, contextual arrangements, and unconscious social practices that restrict learning regardless of special education services. She also showcases how young people resist disablement to transform their worlds and pursue pathways most important to them. Educators and scholars can use this important resource to recognize and change disabling practices that are often taken for granted as a natural part of schooling.

The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences, 13th Edition: 353 Schools with Programs or Services for Students with ADHD, ASD, or Learning Disabilities (College Admissions Guides)

Author: Princeton Review
ISBN:1101920386
Publication Date:2016-09-13
List Price:$31.99
Lowest New Price:$14.88
Rank:28376
Description:
FIND THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS.
 
Hundreds of thousands of students with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other learning differences head to college every year. This comprehensive guide makes it easy for those students and their families and guidance counselors to tackle the daunting process of finding the school that fits their needs best. 
 
This indispensable resource book for students, parents, and professionals includes:
   • 353 school profiles with targeted information on services, admissions, and support at each school
   • Advice from learning specialists on making an effective transition to college
   • Services available to learning-disabled students at each college: tutors, note-takers, oral exams, extended test time, and more
   • Policies and procedures regarding course waivers or substitutions
   • Strategies to help students find the best match for their needs

The 13th edition of The K&W Guide also includes a Quick Contact Reference List with essential program information for another 1,000 schools, as well as an addendum with other transition options for students who may not be college-bound, but who want to continue to pursue independent living skills and education beyond high school.

Learning Disabilities and Life Stories

Author: Pano Rodis
ISBN:0205320104
Publication Date:2000-06-19
List Price:$82.40
Lowest New Price:$64.46
Rank:210836
Description:

This anthology is comprised of two major components: thirteen full-length, autobiographical essays written by persons with learning disabilities and five analytical chapters written by education and psychology scholars. Speaking in terms alternately intimate and analytical, the autobiographical essays each tell of a sustained personal encounter with the challenges and mysteries of living with a learning disability. But these autobiographies are not merely personal, concerned solely with their writers' private lives. Rather, they are also in various ways consciously analytical, offering astute critical readings of culture and society. The scholarly essays are written by such noted educators and psychologists as Lisa Delpit, Robert Kegan, and Janet Lerner. For any educator or parent of students with learning disabilities.


Accelerated Learning: How To Learn Any Skill Or Subject, Double Your Reading Spe

Author: James Horton
ISBN:154300315X
Publication Date:2017-02-07
List Price:$12.99
Lowest New Price:$11.69
Rank:34002
Description:
Do you find learning difficult? Do you struggle with poor memory, distractions, and interruptions, consumed by procrastination and wandering mind? Do you ever wish you could get really good at something quickly, smoothly and effortlessly? Or maybe you hate to study? Do you find it slow and boring? Would you like to read faster and get more out of your study sessions? If you answered YES to any of those questions then you need to read this book Most people never tap into 10% of their potential for to learn faster and improve memory. Let me explain! I don't care whether your nine years old or ninety... man or woman... no matter how poor your education may be today! It makes no difference how badly you did in school as a child... how difficult it is for you to concentrate today... how poor your memory may be... how much a prisoner you are of crippling mental habits... how impossible it may seem to you today that YOU could read an entire book in as little as half an hour - That YOU could flash through business and financial problems that leave your friends stopped cold - that YOU could hold an entire roomful of people ABSOLUTELY SPELLBOUND BY THE POWER OF YOUR IMAGINATION, YOUR UNDERSTANDING, YOUR ABILITY TO TRANSMIT THE SPOKEN WORD! What's The Secret? It's As Simple As This - I believe that you can perform every one of these accomplishments - and more - far easier and faster than you've ever dreamed - because of this one simple fact: I believe that your mind is working today at only HALF of its true power - simply because no one has ever shown you the right way to make every book, every article, every subject you ever wish to learn HALF TEACH ITSELF! What are some benefits you can expect when you follow this program Effortlessly remember important dates, appointments, meetings and schedules weeks, months or even years ahead without missing a single one! Make other people "Hang On Your Every Word!" Develop a perfect, computer-like memory in just 5 minutes a day! Quickly and easily double or even triple your reading speed Breeze through any test or exam Develop unbreakable concentration and focus Never experience social awkwardness or anxiety again Skyrocket Your Vocabulary - In Minutes! What will you learn? Discover advanced techniques from psychology to become a master at any skill or subject Simple methods that allow you to nail down tough information or complex concepts quickly and easily What you can do to eliminate procrastination, minimize distractions, avoid interruptions, keep your mind focused and concentrate longer, even during challenging or stressful situations Step-by-step easy-to-understand methods for turning even the worst memory into a powerful one. How to use what you learn to become SUCCESSFUL in your business and enjoy all of the benefits How you can dazzle your friends and fellow workers with your ability to absorb facts like a sponge And much, much more The Botton Line: This is NOT a textbook! NOT a study manual! There are no lectures - not a single "blue-sky" theory to ponder over or memorize in this program! Instead, for the first time, here is a revolutionary new system of AUTOMATICALLY BRINGING TO LIFE YOUR YOUR HIDDEN POWER TO LEARN, through the incredibly potent suggestion of the written word! If you apply the strategies inside, Inevitably - hour after hour - day after day... week after week - you will find yourself in command of ever-increasing powers of Rapid Learning, Vocabulary Building, Problem Solving, Clear-thinking. Friend-Making and much more

Students with Learning Disabilities

Author: Cecil D. Mercer
ISBN:0132228424
Publication Date:2008-08-08
List Price:$192.80
Lowest New Price:$168.46
Rank:81531
Description:

The seventh edition of this popular text for learning disabilities offers comprehensive coverage and a balanced approach of all of the varying theories and practices in the field—educational, medical, and psychological—incorporating assessment, definition, characteristics, and strategies–all to help readers develop their own personal perspective. It presents equal treatment to information about the characteristics, definitions, causes, and controversies of learning disabilities, with each researched-based topic clearly designed to support both diagnosis and intervention. Throughout the text, “best practices” have been identified through thorough research and practical examples. Revised to include the latest research and recent developments, the seventh edition reflects the latest trends in the field of learning disabilities. Current and classic, Students with Learning Disabilities, Seventh Edition will stimulate and interest its readers about the nature and needs of individuals with learning disabilities in today’s school environment.


Learning Disability Strategies for Teachers and Parents

Author: Constantina Akrotiriadou
ISBN:9963243010
Publication Date:2017-04-06
List Price:$16.30
Lowest New Price:$16.30
Rank:183587
Description:
This thoroughly researched book of 409 pages addresses how to manage and educate children with Learning Disabilities. Take immediate steps to improve the child’s life with creative teaching strategies and parenting tips aimed at making learning easier for the child. Applicable for children from 3 years of age up to 9. Although most strategies can be used for just about any disability, this book focuses on the following: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Aphasia, Apraxia, Ataxia, APD (Auditory Processing Disorder), VPD (Visual Processing Disorder), Down Syndrome, Finding the right schooling. With tons of in the field, tried and tested methods by many teachers and parents, these approved strategies will help: -Better address classroom disruptive behavior -Better engage the child while learning at school or at home -Deal with the child’s home work frustration -Better control of impulses and emotions -Better analytical thinking -Better self regulation -Improve reading skills -Improve memory retention -Improve independent learning skills -Improve the child’s self confidence -Enable the child to have fun while learning The strategies address the challenges of parents, tutors and teachers on teaching individuals with Learning Disabilities so as to give the child a far better chance at being happy and successful in their schooling, career, social life’s and later heading into adulthood. This book adopts some powerful and innovative teaching methods with tips and strategies that give hands-on direction that is necessary for the child to enjoy learning and being more engaged. Changing the tedious routine of learning, along with all its frustrations, into fun endeavors that is time well spent. With hundreds of hours of research and first hand experiences, the book aims to leave the reader with easy-to-follow steps of techniques proven to boost specific skills and empower the reader. Lots of problem solving ideas and routines that parents, tutors and teachers can use immediately to improve the child’s live. Small changes can add up to big improvements. A good tip is that these strategies can be used with different disabilities. Regardless of the specific method for each type of learning disability that is here offered in abundance, there is always something varied and innovative that can be done to get the most out of the time we spend with children. About the author: Constantina Akrotiriadou; MBA in Special (Inclusive) Education, MBA in Technologies of Learning and Communications. She is a professional in the education field and loves to surround herself daily with children of all backgrounds and potentials. Constantina is actively involved with children of all ages and speaks from first-hand experience, and wants to share her wealth of information that she has gathered over the many years that she has worked with children with and without Learning Disabilities. With a deep appreciation and devotion to teaching, she seeks to educate and foster learning independency, a healthy state of mind and build up all her students self confidence.

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