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Understanding dyslexia and other learning disabilities

Author: Linda S Siegel
Publisher: Vancouver, Canada : Pacific Educational Press, 2013. ©2013
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Overview: Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities addresses how our educational system has failed to identify many children with learning disabilities and calls for the adoption of straightforward diagnostic techniques so that treatment options can be implemented at a young age. Many children who struggle with learning become discouraged in the classroom and isolated from their peers. Many adults  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda S Siegel
ISBN: 9781926966298 1926966295
OCLC Number: 812064487
Description: 295 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Introduction: Wake-up call --
Part 1: Types Of Learning Disabilities: --
Giant with dyslexia --
Spelling test terror --
Picasso, the artist with dyslexia --
Case of Agatha Christie: Dysgraphia --
Winston Churchill: Famous orator, superb military strategist, failure at mathematics --
Hans Christian Andersen: Case of Non-verbal learning disability --
Yeats, the poet with dyslexia --
Part 2: History, Assessment, Diagnosis, and Misdiagnosis: --
Jane Austen: First educational psychologist --
Stupid Tom: George Eliot on dyslexia --
Scientific discovery of dyslexia --
Tiptoeing through the minefield of diagnosis --
IQ worship: into the quicksand --
Abuse of the IQ test: Case of Johnny --
Not stupid: tale of two teachers --
Not lazy: Case of Darryl --
Part 3: Coping With A Learning Disability: --
Reading is a goose flying: learning disabilities through the eyes of children --
Albatross, or living with a learning disability --
Becoming rhinoceros-skinned: learning to jump the hurdles --
School sick: avoiding detection --
Dyslexia and murder? --
Parent's worst nightmare --
String inside my head: struggles and triumphs --
Drowning, diving, and surfacing --
Part 4: Solutions: --
Teaching basic skills --
Technology and other ways of helping people with learning disabilities --
Great cover-up: what parents should know to avoid being victims of the system --
Road ahead --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Permissions --
Index.
Other Titles: Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
Responsibility: Linda Siegel.

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Overview: Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities addresses how our educational system has failed to identify many children with learning disabilities and calls for the adoption of straightforward diagnostic techniques so that treatment options can be implemented at a young age. Many children who struggle with learning become discouraged in the classroom and isolated from their peers. Many adults whose learning disabilities were not recognized in school suffer from deep feelings of inadequacy that often prevent them from developing close relationships, finding rewarding employment, or living happily. In this accessibly written book, Linda Siegel challenges the use of complex and time-consuming testing that is currently used to diagnose learning disabilities. In their place, she outlines simple and pragmatic techniques for testing for disabilities in reading, mathematics, spelling, and writing. The text is enlivened by first-hand accounts of people living with learning disabilities, case studies from literature, and profiles of highly accomplished individuals who have achieved success despite their learning disabilities. Their stories encourage people with learning challenges and those who support them to recognize and nurture each person's special talents.

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