The ABCs of Learning Disabilities

The ABCs of Learning Disabilities

2nd Edition - February 29, 2008

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  • Editors: Bernice Wong, Lorraine Graham, Maureen Hoskyn, Jeanette Berman
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123725530
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080569024

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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.

Key Features

  • Undergraduate level text
  • 90% new material
  • Concise introduction to field
  • Covers current concepts like removing the IQ-performance discrepancy formula in diagnosing learning disabilities
  • New chapter on self-regulation and learning disabilities
  • Whole school approach to social skills intervention


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.

Table of Contents

  • 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


    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



    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


    The Timing Hypothesis


    Lexical Knowledge and Access





    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



    Chapter 4: Social Dimensions of Learning Disabilities


    The Beginning

    Social Cognitive Problems



    The Risk and Resilience Theoretical Framework

    Social Competence Interventions

    Future Directions for Research



    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



    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




    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




    Chapter 8: Mathematics


    What is Mathematics?

    Mathematics Development and Communication

    Mathematics and Learning Disabilities

    Origins of Mathematics-Learning Disabilities



    Chapter 9: Writing Instruction

    Prior Training

    Instructional Foci




    Appendix I

    Appendix II. Teaching the Chair Strategy in Opinion Essay Writing

    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: February 29, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123725530
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080569024

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

Lorraine Graham

Maureen Hoskyn

Jeanette Berman

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