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The ABCs of Learning Disabilities

The ABCs of Learning Disabilities, Second Edition, discusses major research findings on learning disabilities in children, adolescents and adults in language, memory, social skills, self-regulation, reading, mathematics, and writing, with an additional chapter on assessment. This concise primer is intended for use as an undergraduate introductory text to the field. Written with an evenness of tone, breadth, and depth, the conveys an engaging style meant to encourage the beginning student to identify the “big picture” and to be interested in conceptual issues as well as research findings.

Audience
Psychology students studying learning disabilities and special education, as well as special educators, regular classroom teachers, school psychologists, speech pathologists, and other education and health care professionals.

Hardbound, 296 Pages

Published: February 2008

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-372553-0

Reviews

  • Review of the 1st edition: "The breadth of pertinent information packed into the 237 pages of text of this book is most impressive. The wide scope of essential material is presented succinctly and in a very readable and engaging style. The author did a tremendous job of selecting from current and relevant literature across different areas and summarizing the material into a very cohesive whole... The book is an excellent potential text for any undergraduate or beginning graduate class on learning disabilities. This book would also be valuable for special educators, regular classroom teachers, school psychologists, speech pathologists, and other education and health care professionals...It is rare to see a book that covers both the research and the practical applications components of a field so well." --Contemporary Psychology--

Contents


  • Preface

    Chapter 1: Learning Disabilities: From Past to Present

    The Influence of Europe (1800-1920)

    The Influence of America (1920-1960)

    The Rise and Consolidation of the Learning Disabilities Field (1963-1985)

    Definitions of Learning Disabilities

    Some Additional Points

    Etiology

    Genetic Contributions to Reading and Writing Disabilities

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    Characteristics of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Learning Disabilities

    Achievements in the Learning Disabilities Field

    Winds of Change

    Critique of RTI

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 2: Language and Learning Disabilities

    What is Language?

    How Does Children's Language Develop?

    Early Language Development and Learning Disabilities

    Communication of Children with Learning Disabilities

    Phonology

    The Timing Hypothesis

    Morphology

    Lexical Knowledge and Access

    Syntax

    Discourse

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 3: Working Memory and Learning Disabilities

    Working Memory and Learning Disabilities

    The Construct of Working Memory

    Theories of Working Memory and Working Memory Development

    Constructivist Theories of Working Memory Development

    Information Processing Models and Learning Disabilities

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 4: Social Dimensions of Learning Disabilities

    Introduction

    The Beginning

    Social Cognitive Problems

    Self-Understanding

    Loneliness

    The Risk and Resilience Theoretical Framework

    Social Competence Interventions

    Future Directions for Research

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 5: Self-Regulation and Learning Disabilities

    Characteristics of the Whole Learner

    Components of Self-Regulated Learning

    Self-Regulation and Learning Disabilities: A Summary

    Assessment of Aspects of Self-Regulation

    Instructional Approaches

    Cognitive Education

    General Classroom Instruction for Self-Regulation

    Concluding Comments and Continuing Questions

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 6: Assessment for Learning

    A Classroom Framework for Assessment

    Why Assess Learning?

    What are We Assessing?

    How Do We Assess Learning?

    Adapted Conventional Assessment Procedures

    Alternative Assessment Procedures

    Interpretation of Assessment Information

    Conclusions

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 7: Reading

    Reading: Word Recognition

    Summary of Word Recognition Section

    Reading: Reading Comprehension

    Summary of Difficulties in Reading Comprehension Experienced by Students with Learning Disabilities

    Effective Reading Comprehension Instruction

    Implementing Effective Instructional Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities

    Improving Students' Comprehension of Narrative Text

    Improving Students' Comprehension of Expository Text

    Conclusion

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 8: Mathematics

    Mathematics

    What is Mathematics?

    Mathematics Development and Communication

    Mathematics and Learning Disabilities

    Origins of Mathematics-Learning Disabilities

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 9: Writing Instruction

    Prior Training

    Instructional Foci

    Training

    Summary

    References

    Appendix I

    Appendix II. Teaching the Chair Strategy in Opinion Essay Writing

    Author Index

    Subject Index


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