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Why do educators seek to label more than one-third of our nation's schoolchildren as "learning disabled" when clearly they are not? This practical, easy-to-use book answers that question and shows parents of school-age children how to distinguish between normal learning differences and true learning disabilities; how to have your child properly evaluated at the first sign of a learning difficulty; how to help your child convert learning differences into learning advantages; how to select the right school or program for your child; and how to stimulate your child's intellectual development from infancy onward to enhance progress in school. This book shows parents how to give their children the learning tools and support they need. It also includes core curriculum milestones by which parents can evaluate their children's progress and lists of organizations and schools that can help.
Written for adolescents confronting learning disabilities, this book provides an overview of the most common disabilities and offers advice on overcoming the difficulties associated with them. Medical aspects of the disabilities are covered and celebrities with similar conditions are profiled. Assistive technology is described, and advice is offered concerning advocacy. Paquette is an educational writer; Tuttle is a special education coordinator. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Stevens gives parents what they need to determine whether or not their child has a learning disability. She then provides tips to help parents navigate the public school system in order to obtain help. She also presents adaptive techniques, discusses the therapies which are available and what they can do. She asks parents the tough questions which need to be answered if a learning-disabled child is to succeed in a regular classroom and adapt successfully to the disability. Clear, concises, informative, upbeat, practical.
In the nearly 30 years since the accident that made radio personality and columnist Dan Gottlieb a quadriplegic, he developed a finely-tuned quality of awareness that most people never achieve: he became an outsider among us--"like a foreign correspondent," as he puts it. From that vantage point, he has acutely observed the way people act, think, feel, and live--in short, he studied and learned exactly what it means to be human. Here, Dan shares his insights, written with humor, honesty, a gift for storytelling, and breathtaking compassion. Learning from the Heart looks at what divides as well as unites us, including the problems of family life; difficulties confronting today's parents; challenges faced by the disabled and the aging; and issues of injustice that affect the way we understand the world and our lives. Although Dan is now speaking directly to the reader, rather than to his own family, you'll recognize the distinctive voice and format that caused an outpouring of e-mail from fans of Letters to Sam: short anecdotal chapters rich in wisdom, generously revealing and deeply personal, and resonating with universal truths.
Learning Media Assessment of Students With Visual Impairments : A Resource Guide for Teachers (Second Edition)by Alan J. Koenig M. Cay Holbrook
The book guides the educators to identify the best possible reading format for a student - either through braille, objects, audio or combinations of these. This is an essential early step before undertaking the actual literacy education.
oward personal empowerment and profound educational change, proving once again that rules sometimes need to be broken.
Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities And Adhd Give You The Tools Fby Edward M. Hallowell David Cole Jonathan Mooney
Learning with YOUR purpose in mind -- not your parents', not your teacher's, not your school's Every day, your school, your teachers, and even your peers draw lines to measure and standardize intelligence. They decide what criteria make one person smart and another person stupid. They decide who will succeed and who will just get by. Perhaps you find yourself outside the norm, because you learn differently -- but, unlike your classmates, you have no system in place that consistently supports your ability and desire to learn. Simply put, you are considered lazy and stupid. You are expected to fail. Learning Outside the Lines is written by two such "academic failures" -- that is, two academic failures who graduated from Brown University at the top of their class. Jonathan Mooney and David Cole teach you how to take control of your education and find true success -- and they offer all the reasons why you should persevere. Witty, bold, and disarmingly honest, Learning Outside the Lines takes you on a journey toward personal empowerment and profound educational change, proving once again that rules sometimes need to be broken.
Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolutionby David Cole Jonathan Mooney
Every day, your school, your teachers, and even your peers draw lines to measure and standardize intelligence. They decide what criteria make one person smart and another person stupid. They decide who will succeed and who will just get by. Perhaps you find yourself outside the norm, because you learn differently -- but, unlike your classmates, you have no system in place that consistently supports your ability and desire to learn. Simply put, you are considered lazy and stupid. You are expected to fail. Learning Outside the Lines is written by two such "academic failures" -- that is, two academic failures who graduated from Brown University at the top of their class. Jonathan Mooney and David Cole teach you how to take control of your education and find true success -- and they offer all the reasons why you should persevere.
'[Gavin Reid] provides some useful links to websites devoted to different approaches. Some of the ideas relating to specific areas of the curriculum, for example, the suggested approaches to the teaching of modern languages, are likely to be particularly valuable. Reid also outlines strategies using learning styles for pupils with learning differences, including attention disorders, dyslexia, developmental co-ordination difficulties, number difficulties, and those on the autistic spectrum' - Times Educational Supplement Extra for Special Needs `We have been lucky enough to hear Gavin speak twice in the last year and those of you who have also heard him will know that he is at the cutting edge of his field. This book really encompasses those areas that are particularly topical and the "buzz" words on everyone's lips! This book clearly sets out "who" is involved in inclusion and "what" is actually meant by learning styles. Gavin not only offers practical strategies but also suggests how "old hands" could vary their teaching styles to appeal to all types of learners. Therefore we feel this book is for the main stream teacher as well as the specialist and, if this is a target area for your school, this book might be a valuable addition to your bookshelf' - SATIPS `In this book, Gavin Reid has grasped the nettle (of inclusion) with both hands and provided a text that is full of common sense and practical suggestions as to how the mainstream teacher can draw upon recent psychological theory and research to enhance the learning of all children. He jumps on no bandwagons but draws judiciously from a wide range of approaches to assessing learning styles and links what can be learned about groups and individuals from such techniques to helpful classroom practice' - Professor Bob Burden, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Exeter `Gavin Reid is that rare professional who not only explains how and why children learn best, but also suggests a myriad of practical strategies to help them. I highly recommend this book for everyone from undergraduates to "old hands" working toward successful inclusion. Parents, too, will profit from Dr. Reid's wise and comprehensive experience' - Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., Educational Psychologist and Author of "Your Child's Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence." 3rd Edition. NY: Broadway Books, 2004. Drawing on his considerable experience as a teacher, educational psychologist, lecturer and author, Gavin Reid illustrates how to assess pupils' different learning styles and how to vary your teaching style to appeal to all types of learners, including disaffected students and those with special educational needs. This book provides an overview of the different stages in the learning cycle; describes the differences between learners; and emphasizes the role the classroom environment and different teaching styles play in children's ability to learn. Readers will see how an understanding of learning styles can be used to encourage and promote good inclusive practice. Ideas for assessment of learning styles and examples of different teaching styles will prove invaluable to class teachers, trainee teachers, SENCOs, LEA advisers; NQTs and NQT advisers and school management
Learning to Listen/Listening to Learn is the first comprehensive work to address the systematic development of skills in listening for and interpreting auditory information for students who are blind or visually impaired. Listening skills are a crucial but often-overlooked area of instruction for children who are visually impaired and may have multiple disabilities, essential to literacy, independent travel, and sensory and cognitive development. Chock full of practical strategies, this volume examines the development of and instruction in learning skills at different ages, from infancy through high school. It also addresses listening skills in orientation and mobility and the needs of children with multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, and learning disabilities, as well as English language learners. Appendixes provide a Listening Skills Continuum chart and a checklist to use in assessment.
Learning Tracks is a planning and tracking resource to support the planning and assessment of learning for children and young people with severe and complex learning disabilities. It was designed by the authors whilst teaching at a school for children and young people with severe and complex learning disabilities. This easy to use method is ready to implement in any setting to help assess children at the lowest levels of learning. It gives you, in a snapshot, where to focus your efforts with a class, a group or an individual child in order to help them progress in a meaningful way. At the very early stages of learning the steps that children and young people make can be small but incredibly significant for them and those that teach them. However, it can be problematic to evidence and formally recognise these achievements and plan next steps. Learning Tracks presents a framework to recognise achievement at these early levels and plan for progression through challenge, breadth and application. The Learning Tracks framework for recognising achievement at very early levels of learning: Can help teachers understand the way their children may be learning Offers a vocabulary for describing the learning Offers a structure for planning the learning
The internationally admired author of "Engaging Autism" shows parents how to get to the roots of learning disabilities and unleash each childOCOs intellectual potential
A book written by a Vietnam Veteran describing his war experiences, the loss of his arm and leg, his struggles because of those injuries, and the aftermath of his war experiences and subsequent injuries.
Dr. Oliver Sacks's books "Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars" and the bestselling "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" have been acclaimed for their extraordinary compassion in the treatment of patients affected with profound disorders. In "A Leg to Stand On", it is Sacks himself who is the patient: an encounter with a bull on a desolate mountain in Norway has left him with a severely damaged leg. But what should be a routine recuperation is actually the beginning of a strange medical journey when he finds that his leg uncannily no longer feels part of his body. Sacks's brilliant description of his crisis and eventual recovery is not only an illuminating examination of the experience of patienthood and the inner nature of illness and health but also a fascinating exploration of the physical basis of identity. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
The standard handbook on law affecting deaf and hard of hearing people has been completely rewritten and updated. The sixth edition of Legal Rights: The Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People meticulously describes those statutes that prohibit discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing people, and any others with physical challenges. Written in easy-to-understand language, the new edition describes the core legislation and laws and their critical importance since their inception: The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new Legal Rights also explains the significant amendments to these laws, including the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and new regulations to its Title II concerning public entities and Title III pertaining to public accommodations and commercial facilities. The reauthorization of IDEA expanded the No Child Left Behind Act requirement for highly qualified teachers to all students with disabilities. This new edition also tracks the trend of passing a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children's Bill of Rights in a growing number of state legislatures. This completely new resource also delineates new legislation such as the Twenty-First Century Communications Video and Accessibility Act, which ensures access to the newest communications technology for deaf and hard of hearing people. Legal Rights also includes information on the use of interpreters in the legal system, securing its position as the most comprehensive reference of legal information for deaf and hard of hearing people now available.
Lend Me an ear is a remarkable book that helps one to evaluate the temperament of dogs- specifically shelter castaways for the purpose of training as hearing dogs. The book delves into temperaments that work and do not work along with providing instruction on how to train various skills needed for the dog to alert its partner.
In the stunning sequel to Jan Slepian's critically acclaimed first novel, The Alfred Summer. Everything has changed and none of it good as far as 16-year-old Lester is concerned. Worst of all is watching his retarded friend Alfie waste away in the hospital. Lester, himself a cerebral palsy victim, is desperate to save Alfie, and from this desperation is born the daring-- but disastrous--kidnapping attempt. Still determined to rescue Alfie somehow, Lester enlists the aid of his old friend Claire who awakens his desire to love a girlfriend, Claire's new neighbors, Lena, who seems like a movie star, her musical prodigy son Alex; and a young hospital volunteer, generous, endearing, impossibly romantic Tillie-Rose. But even their combined efforts cannot save Alfie. In the ensuing tragedy, Lester is forced to examine the real motives behind "The Alfred Fund" and is finally able to turn to his own future with hope. With honesty and sensitivity, Jan Slepian confronts the problems of disabled youngsters in this witty, powerful coming-of-age novel that explores the many ways we need, use and love others. She shows how teens cling to unrealistic fantasies of their future and of how reality forces them to look at their lives differently. Bookshare has "The Alfred Summer," the tale of Alfie and Lester one happy, challenging, summer when they adventure together to build a boat. Check it out to read more of Lester's story.
It is said that everyone has a story to tell, a voice that deserves to be heard. There are many thousands of children with special needs who have long been ignored, rejected and excluded from our schools, our communities, and, sadly, from our Bible classes. We believe that these children are loved deeply and completely by our Lord and that they too are called to come unto Him. This book speaks to the heart and to the head. Teachers and pastors will find inspiration and information, reminding them that God calls us to include all children, no matter the challenge. In addition, the book includes wonderfully practical elements with many ideas that can be easily integrated into any classroom. By combining philosophy and strategies, this book will equip the typical church volunteer teacher to meet the needs of all the children in her classroom.
A collection of letters to President Obama about the experience of using braille.
She was a beautiful doe-like child, with an intense, graceful fragility. In her first year, she picked up words, smiled and laughed, and learned to walk. But then Anne-Marie began to turn inward. And when her little girl lost some of the words she had acquired, cried inconsolably, and showed no interest in anyone around her, Catherine Maurice took her to doctors who gave her a devastating diagnosis: autism. In their desperate struggle to save their daughter, the Maurices plunged into a medical nightmare of false hopes, "miracle cures," and infuriating suggestions that Anne-Marie's autism was somehow their fault. Finally, Anne-Marie was saved by an intensive behavioral therapy. Let Me Hear Your Voice is a mother's illuminating account of how one family triumphed over autism. It is an absolutely unforgettable book, as beautifully written as it is informative. "A vivid and uplifting story ... Offers new strength to parents who refuse to give up on their autistic children." -- Kirkus Reviews. "Outstanding ... Heartfelt ... A lifeline to families in similar circumstances." -- Library Journal.
A dramatic bush plane crash in coastal Alaska leaves the pilot injured. The passengers, a team of Special Olympic Athletes, must fend for themselves to survive. An Alaska storm first threatens to overwhelm them during the night as they care for their unconscious pilot. Each must confront the challenges of survival in the wilderness, while transcending their limitations. Forced to overcome their habits of dependency and help each other, the group finds courage in the Olympic oath: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
"Let's talk about" looks at subjects of specific interest to young children and asks and answers the questions they most frequently raise. The series covers issues which affect children's lives or which add to their growing awareness of the world. This book talks about people who are differently abled, and helps children to understand how they feel when they have a temporary disability such as a broken arm, might be how a person who is permanently disabled feels.
A realistic presentation of the range of disabilities which characterize depression. The book stresses the child's lack of fault in causing the illness and includes reasonable actions that a child can take to help the ill parent. The book also includes a glossary with such related words as therapist.
Dr. Gottlieb is a nationally known psychologist. He has a private practice, a call-in radio show in Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, writes a regular column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and authored several books. At age 33, he was in a car accident and became quadriplegic. He's been in a wheelchair since then. After healing, he returned to his profession. When his grandson was born, he began writing short letters to Sam, a method of passing on his wisdom. At about 14 months, Sam was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, the Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Grandpa's letters became even more important as Sam grows to age 4, when the book ends. The themes of the letters speak to everyone, disability is only one aspect of their lives. There are many gems of wisdom in here, much to ponder and absorb. It resonates with life lessons worth knowing and universal truths.
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