The ABCs of Learning Disabilities

Edited by

  • Bernice Wong, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Lorraine Graham
  • Maureen Hoskyn
  • Jeanette Berman

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.
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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.

 

Book information

  • 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--



Table of 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