Learning About Learning Disabilities

Learning About Learning Disabilities

4th Edition - August 14, 2012

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  • Editors: Bernice Wong, Deborah Butler
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123884091
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123884145

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Learning about Learning Disabilities, Fourth Edition continues to provide equal attention to the intellectual, conceptual, and practical aspects of learning disabilities. The Fourth Edition of this popular title presents 80% new material, keeping the chapters up to date in this fast-moving field. With new contributors, and 11 new chapters, coverage is both comprehensive and thorough, encompassing the classification and identification of learning disabilities, learning disabilities in reading, writing, math, and social studies, interventions, and the issues germane to different age ranges of the learning disabled: children, adolescents, and adults.Readers will find Learning About Learning Disabilities, Fourth Edition suitable for use as a reference source for researchers or as a graduate level text. Reviews of previous editions: "This text provides a balanced focus on both the conceptual and practical aspects of learning disabilities. Its research coverage is more comprehensive and of greater depth than any other LD textbook, and it is distinctive in its treatment of such important areas as consultation skills and service delivery."-CHILD ASSESSMENT NEWS"... provides a broad overview of some important issues in relation to the education and development of pupils with learning disabilities... Wong has succeeded in providing detailed descriptions and comments within a book which covers a broad range of topics. Without exception the chapters are clearly written and accessible, and many provide the reader with challenging ideas and practical suggestions."-BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Key Features

  • Learning Disabilities occur in 20% of the population. Three million children in the US have a learning disability and receive special education in school
  • 30% of children with learning disabilities drop out of high school, and 48% of those with learning disabilities are out of the workforce or unemployed
  • Discusses different types of learning disabilities including problems with attention, memory, language, math, reading, and writing
  • Encompasses the impact of LD on learning as well as social competence and self-regulation
  • Provides research summaries on most effective ways to teach children with LD
  • Encompasses a lifespan perspective on LD, discussing the impact on children, adolescents, and adults


Researchers in learning disabilities

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    List of Contributors



    Chapter 1. Classification and Identification of Learning Disabilities


    Classification Issues in LD

    Neurological Models Of LD

    Cognitive Models

    Instructional Models

    A Hybrid Approach to LD Identification




    Chapter 2. Learning Disabilities and Memory


    A Historical Perspective

    Understanding Memory Differences for Students with LD

    Everyday Memory

    Memory Intervention

    Summary and Conclusions


    Chapter 3. Brain and Behavioral Response to Intervention for Specific Reading, Writing, and Math Disabilities: What Works for Whom?

    Learning about the Brain

    Brain Differences of Individuals with and without SLDS

    Behavioral and Brain Response to Intervention (RTI)

    Individual, Developmental, Gender, Language, and Cultural Differences

    Conclusions and Recommendations



    Chapter 4. Social Relationships: The 4th R


    Peer Relationships

    Parenting and Family Relationships

    Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties

    Interventions in the Affective and Social Domain

    Conclusions and Implications



    Chapter 5. Self-Regulation among Students with LD and ADHD

    Defining and Understanding Self-Regulation

    Theoretical Bases for Research on Self-Regulation

    Common Self-Regulation Processes: Application with Students with LD and ADHD

    Self-Regulation and Major Dependent Variables

    Factors Influencing and Influenced by Self-Regulation

    Self-Regulation of Strategic Performance



    Chapter 6. Reading Interventions for Students in Early Primary Grades


    Overview of Literacy Development

    Effective Instruction for Students with Reading Difficulties




    Chapter 7. Highlights in Reading Comprehension Intervention Research for Students with Learning Disabilities


    Reading Comprehension for Students with Learning Disabilities

    Impact of Decoding and Fluency on Comprehension

    Narrative Text

    Expository Text

    Peer-Assisted Intervention in the Inclusive Classroom



    Chapter 8. Instructional Interventions for Students with Mathematics Learning Disabilities


    Learning Disabilities and Mathematics Achievement

    Behavioral Interventions on Computation

    Response to Intervention Research in Math

    What are Evidence-Based Math Practices?

    Discussion and Future Directions


    Chapter 9. Writing Instruction


    Goals of Writing Instruction

    General Recommendations for Writing Instruction

    Writing Instruction for Students with LD and other Struggling Writers

    Concluding Comments


    Chapter 10. Assessment and Interventions for English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities


    Historical Perspective

    Contextual Considerations

    Language Development

    The Simple View of Reading

    ELLs’ Literacy Development in English

    LD Subtypes in ELLs


    Do L1-Based Interventions Work for ELLs?



    Chapter 11. Improving Outcomes for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities


    Summary of Research Findings on Adolescents with LD

    An Integrated Intervention Framework for Struggling Adolescent Learners

    Future Directions


    Chapter 12. Effective Instruction for History and the Social Studies: What Works for Students with Learning Disabilities

    What are the Social Studies?

    Traditional Approaches for Teaching History and Social Studies

    Instructional Approaches for Learning from Textbooks

    Reform Approaches to History Instruction

    Discussion and Recommendations


    Chapter 13. Navigating the Postsecondary Landscape

    Navigating the Postsecondary Landscape

    Academic Issues

    Social-Emotional Issues

    Motivational Issues

    Promising Initiatives for Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities


    Chapter 14. Special Education Curriculum in an Era of High Standards


    The Direct Instruction Framework

    The Strategy Instruction Framework

    Constructivist Oriented Curriculum Framework

    Special Education Curriculum and the Era of High Standards

    Conclusion: Fostering Adaptive Expertise


    Chapter 15. Included, but Underserved: Rediscovering Special Education for Students with Learning Disabilities


    Educating Students with LD in the Context of General Education Policy

    Policies that Govern Instruction for Students with LD

    Research that Guides Instruction for Students with LD

    What Classrooms are Like for Students with LD

    Ensuring Equal Access to High Quality Education




Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: August 14, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123884091
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123884145

About the Editors

Bernice Wong

Bernice Wong is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. Prior to retirement, her passion had been writing intervention research with students with and without learning disabilities. In retirement, her love for writing has transformed from academic writing to short stories about interesting events in her life.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Deborah Butler

Dr. Deborah L. Butler is Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She was awarded a PhD in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 1993. Since joining UBC in 1994, Dr. Butler has written over 30 refereed articles and book chapters for major journals or highly influential books, presented 60 refereed papers at international or national conferences, produced literally 100’s of research reports with teachers, district-level administrators, and/or governments, and been invited to serve as a keynote or featured speaker across North America and internationally. Her research focuses on understanding and fostering strategic, goal-directed engagement, teacher professional development, research methods, inclusive and special education, and teaching and learning processes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Mercy D. Tue Feb 27 2018

    Understand learnig disabilities

    A great book that can help one to understand the effects of learning disabilities and how to deal with those affected