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Bley, Nancy S., Thornton, Carol A., (2001). Teaching Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities. Fourth Edition. PRO-ED, Inc., 800-897-3202, http://www.proedinc.com. 456p.
This text explores teaching techniques and adaptations that have proven effective in teaching mathematics concepts and skills to students with learning disabilities. This fourth edition, consistent with the standards developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000, continues to emphasize problem solving, number sense, student decision making, and ways of effectively incorporating technology in mathematics instruction from calculators and computer spreadsheets to the use of selected Web sites and computer software. For each major topic addressed, the book summarizes standard approaches and points out particular problems that students with learning disabilities may encounter with a given mathematical concept or application. Sample instructional alternatives are detailed. Individual chapters address the following topics: (1) planning instruction for special needs; (2) problem-centered teaching and learning; (3) mathematics, computers and students with learning disabilities; (4) life skills such as money and time; (5) developing number sense such as number and place value; (6) concepts and computation of whole numbers; (7) rational numbers such as early concept work with fractions and decimals; (8) extending understanding and application of fractions and decimals; (9) the four operations and learning and using the basic facts; and (10) hard-to-learn upper-grade topics. An appendix lists software sources.
Brown, Dale S. (2000). Learning a Living: A Guide To Planning Your Career and Finding a Job for People with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Dyslexia. Woodbine House, 6510 Bells Mill Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817. 340 pp.
This book, written by an individual with learning disabilities, offers extensive guidance to students and adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and/or dyslexia on career planning and finding a job. The book emphasizes the importance of self-awareness, a positive attitude, research, and enlisting the help of others in career development and the job search process. It discusses participation in the high school individualized education program process; selecting a suitable college or technical school; obtaining accommodations at school and on the job; researching potential careers and companies; networking within professional and support associations; and applying legal rights (such as those specified by the Americans with Disabilities Act).
Cicci, Regina. (1995). What's Wrong with Me?: Learning Disabilities at Home and School. York Press, Inc., PO Box 504, Timonium, MD 21094. 253 pp.
This book explains a variety of common learning disabilities and offers suggestions for how to work with individuals who have these conditions in classrooms, clinics, homes, and tutoring sessions. Chapters address spoken language disorders, written expressive language disorders, and reading disorders, as well as nonverbal disabilities pertaining to attention, emotion, behavior, and social interaction. The book provides further advice on living and working with individuals with disabilities including advice for parents requesting testing and for teachers working with test results.
Deshler, Donald D., And Others. (1996). Teaching Adolescents with Learning Disabilities: Strategies and Methods. Second Edition. Love Publishing Company, 1777 S. Bellaire St., Denver, CO 80222. 637 pp.
This book describes an alternative instructional approach to educating adolescents with learning disabilities (LD), designed to teach such students strategies that will facilitate their acquisition, organization, storage, and retrieval of information. The book presents an approach in which the roles of the teacher and the student converge on teaching a broad array of strategies to empower students with LD to compete successfully in the content classroom, in postsecondary education, and in the world of work. Chapters focus on: learning strategies; memory and test-taking strategies; social skills strategy instruction; instruction in the content areas; and collaborative teaming in the secondary school.
Fisher, Gary, and Cummings, Rhoda. (1995). When Your Child Has LD (Learning Differences): A Survival Guide for Parents. Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave. North, Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1730. 150 pp.
This book addresses questions and concerns that parents have about learning differences, focusing on how learning differences can affect their children's abilities, elf-esteem, school success, friendships, and future prospects. It discusses early signs of learning differences; ways that learning differences can affect children's social and emotional well-being; ways to advocate and get help for children with learning differences within and outside the school system. The book also includes a sample individualized education program (IEP) for students with learning differences.
Gerber, Paul J., Ed., and Brown, Dale S., Ed. (1997). Learning Disabilities and Employment. PRO-ED, 8700 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78757-6897. 400 pp.
This book provides information on preparing individuals with learning disabilities for the challenges of employment and outlines the rights of those with learning disabilities in the workplace. Chapters include information on legal rights of adults with learning disabilities in employment; training persons with learning disabilities for employment; job accommodations; workplace adjustments; and lifespan employment and economic outcomes for adults with learning disabilities.
Harwell, Joan M., (2001). Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook: Ready-To-Use Strategies & Activities for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities. New Second Edition. Prentice Hall Direct, 800-922-0579, http://www.phdirect.com/education. 400p.
The 16 chapters of this comprehensive guide to teaching students with learning disabilities cover the following topics: (1) an overview of the field of learning disabilities (characteristics, causes, prevalence, prognosis, and resources); (2) research in the field of learning disabilities (how the brain works, how children learn); (3) relevant laws concerning school, parent, and student rights and responsibilities; (4) early childhood education for at-risk students (the process used to identify very young at-risk children and the services they need); (5) the Student Study Team process; (6) formal assessment and identification of students with learning disabilities; (7) identification and planning for the student with learning disabilities (the role of various professionals in the assessment and planning phases); (8) classroom management for teachers; (9) academic management considerations (what to teach, elements of effective lesson design, scheduling issues, and student motivation); (10) interventions for specific problems; (11) reading and the student with learning disabilities; (12) writing, spelling, and speaking; (13) teaching mathematically challenged students; (14) adolescents and adults with learning disabilities; (15) the role of the family, which includes materials for counselors to give to family members; and (16) education in the new millennium, which explores changes in present day policy and practices that might benefit individuals who are learning disabled.
Lerner, Janet. (2000). Learning Disabilities: Theories, Diagnosis, and Teaching Strategies. Eighth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 222 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116-3764. 688 pp.
This text presents learning disabilities as a field in transition and looks at the field's historical perspectives and emerging directions. Chapters discuss assessment, with special emphasis on how changes in the law affect the Individualized Education Program; educational placement options; methods for general education and special education teachers to work together; basic psychological theories of learning disabilities; medical aspects of research; and specific academic areas of oral language, reading, written language, and mathematics.
Lyle, Molly. (2000). The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion: Grades 6-12. LinguiSystems, Inc., 3100 4th Ave., East Moline, IL 61244- 9700. 217 pp. (The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion: Grades K-5 also available.)
Designed for teachers of secondary students with learning disabilities, this manual provides information on the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the impact of IDEA on teacher roles and responsibilities. Chapters cover working collaboratively with regular educators and parents; materials teachers can use to in-service staff on the needs of students with learning disabilities; forms for informing staff of needed accommodations, meeting content standards in eight core academic content areas; and goals and instructional modifications to help students access the general curriculum. Subsequent chapters address behavior and discipline issues; the manifestation determination process and how school disciplinary rules interact with the decision. Proactive tips for handling behavior problems are also included.
Masters, M. Gay; Stecker, Nancy A.; and Katz, Jack. (1998). Central Auditory Processing Disorders: Mostly Management. Allyn & Bacon, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, MA 02194. 241 pp.
This book offers information on central auditory processing disorders (CAPDs) drawn from a State University of New York at Buffalo conference on CAPDs in September of 1996. It provides management approaches and specific methods for this population. ions. Chapters include topics such as auditory training/stimulation; metacognition approaches; application of FM technology ; speech and language training; the Fast ForWord Program; management of adolescents and adults and cochlear implant therapy.
Meltzer, Lynn J., and Others. (1996). Strategies for Success: Classroom Teaching Techniques for Students with Learning Problems. PRO-ED, 8700 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78757-6897. 183 pp.
Cost-effective classroom teaching strategies are provided for teachers working with students with learning difficulties, including learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, in inclusive settings from late elementary through early high school levels. This book discusses the importance of learning strategies and includes an overview of strategic learning in the classroom and techniques for teaching learning strategies. Sections also describe how to identify students' learning profiles, how learning difficulties and attention problems manifest in the classroom, and how to empower students to become independent learners and self-advocates. Learning strategies are also provided for decoding and spelling; improving reading comprehension; problem solving in mathematics; and strategies to use across content areas.
Mooney, Jonathan, and Cole, David. (2000). Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution. Fireside, Rockefeller Center, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. 286 pp.
Written by two students with learning disabilities who graduated from Brown University with honors, this book provides students with disabilities tips for taking control of their education and finding true success at postsecondary level. It is designed to help students use their education as a way to transcend their past, find academic success, and rediscover the part of themselves that the institution of education "stole" from them. The book shares the difficulties the students faced in a school system that valued normalcy above all else, how they came to recognize the limitations of the system, and how other students need to do the same in order to achieve their true potential. The book describes their journey toward personal empowerment and profound educational change. Chapters outline key alternative learning strategies the students used to be successful and illustrates methods for reading, taking notes, studying, and taking exams. Tips are provided for participating in classroom discussion, skimming materials, doing research, checking spelling, and surviving the college environment.
Orenstein, Myrna. (2000). Smart but Stuck: What Every Therapist Needs To Know about Learning Disabilities and Imprisoned Intelligence. The Haworth Press, Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580. 241 pp.
This book for therapists discusses how undiagnosed learning disabilities can result in imprisoned intelligence. Its 14 chapters address topics that include how imprisoned intelligence happens; learning to live with the diagnosis; changing one's self image; facing the problem and finding support and professional help. The role of psychotherapy and treatment are also addressed.
Roffman, Arlyn J. (2000). Meeting the Challenge of Learning Disabilities in Adulthood. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624. 322 pp.
This book explores the impact of learning disabilities within the many domains of adult life and offers strategies for management of many of the challenges that arise. Through a combination of interviews with a group of 13 diverse adults with LD, a review of the related literature, and observations the book provides a portrayal of the many strengths and challenges individuals with LD typically carry into the adult world. The book provides examples of the various characteristics of individuals with learning disabilities; addresses mental health concerns and includes a model of psychological service delivery. Additional chapters focus on relationships within the family of origin; long-term partnerships and marriages; parenting; and the effects of LD on work.
Silver, Larry B. (1998). The Misunderstood Child. Third Edition. Times Books, New York, NY 10022. 403 pp.
This book on learning disabilities provides information on treatment of learning disabilities, main disorders that often accompany learning disabilities, problems that may signal emotional or social problems of individuals with learning disabilities, diagnosis of learning disabilities, and federal and state laws covering discrimination. Specific chapters address psychosocial problems related to the child who has learning disabilities; family reactions to the child or adolescent with learning disabilities; the evaluation process in learning disabilities; the parent role in the treatment of learning disabilities; treatment for emotional, social, and family problems; and controversial therapies such as patterning, biofeedback, auditory processing training, applied kinesiology, megavitamins, food additives, herbs, and tinted lenses. Also covered is information on adults with learning disabilities and/or ADHD; the gifted student with learning disabilities; and legal issues of importance to parents.
Smith, Corinne, and Strick, Lisa. (1997). Learning Disabilities: A To Z. A Parent's Complete Guide to Learning Disabilities from Preschool to Adulthood. The Free Press, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. 407 pp.
This handbook is designed to help parents, teachers, and others who work with children recognize learning disabilities and deal with them effectively. The book discusses how parents and teachers can work together to promote learning and provides specific strategies for helping children with learning disabilities. Possible modifications and accommodations for students with learning disabilities are listed. Difficulties at different developmental stages, strategies for building social skills and self confidence, and transition from high school. Is also discussed.
Sternberg, Robert J., and Grigorenko, Elena L. (1999). Our Labeled Children: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs To Know about Learning Disabilities. Perseus Books, HarperCollins Publishers, Special Markets Dept., 10 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022. 288 pp.
This book examines how learning disabilities are assessed and treated in our school systems. It suggests that, although some children do have genuine learning disabilities, many others are misdiagnosed as learning disabled. Individual chapters focus on the identification process and the difficulties people encounter in obtaining a diagnosis; issues regarding accommodations and special services; and cognitive, genetic and biological bases of reading.
Taymans, Juliana M., Ed.; West, Lynda L., Ed.; and Sullivan, Madeline, Ed.. (2000). Unlocking Potential: College and Other Choices for People with LD and AD/HD. Woodbine House, 6510 Bells Mill Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817. 386 pp.
This guide is deigned for high school students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) who are preparing for life after graduation. It provide general information on LD and AD/HD, as well as advice, practical tips, and resources designed to make the transition from high school a success. An exploration of postsecondary options: college, vocational training, apprenticeship, military service, and employment is intended to enable students to choose what is right for them. Chapters address transition to postsecondary education or work; self-determination; a guide to college admissions, support, and counseling; choosing appropriate courses; study skills and strategies for learning and life after college.
Thompson, Sue. (1997). The Source for Nonverbal Learning Disorders. LinguiSystems, Inc., 3100 4th Ave., East Moline, IL 61244-9700. 182 pp.
This manual discusses the characteristics of students with nonverbal learning disorders (NLD) and provides strategies to help students with NLD in the home and classroom environment. It begins by describing the symptoms of NLD, including lack of coordination, faulty spatial perceptions, lack of ability to comprehend nonverbal communication, difficulties adjusting to transitions and new situations, and significant deficits in social judgment and interaction. Chapters address the developmental profile of NLD through the lifespan; early adjustment problems; the effects of NLD on motor, visual-spatial-organizational, and social skills; diagnosing and servicing nonverbal learning disorders; accommodating a child's NLD at school; appropriate educational placement; and transitioning toward adulthood.
Fanlight Productions, 4196 Washington Street, Suite 2, Boston, MA 02131, 800.937.4113. Dyslexia; A Mind of Your Own.
Films for the Humanities and Sciences, PO Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053, 800.257.5126. Dyslexia: A Different Kind of Mind; Dyslexia in the Primary Classroom; Dyslexia: Diagnosis and Treatment; Dealing with Dyslexia; Learning Disabled; Learning Disabilities; Understanding Learning Disabilities.
Learning Disabilities Association, 4156 Library Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234, 412.341.1515. I'm Not Stupid; Picture of Success; A Leader's Guide for Youth with Learning Disabilities.
Learning Disabilities Association of Massachusetts, Call 781-891-5509 for availability. Einstein & Me: Talking About Learning Disabilities; Planning for Success: The College Application Process for Students with Learning Disabilities; Profiles of Success: Successful Adults Achieving with Learning Disabilities; Pathways to success: College Students with Learning Disabilities.
PBS Video, Public Broadcasting Service, 1320 Braddock Pl., Alexandria, VA 22314-1698. How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T. City-A Learning Disabilities Workshop; Learning Disabilities and Discipline When the Chips Are Down; Learning Disabilities and Self Esteem: Look What You've Done; Learning Disabilities and Social Skills: Last One Picked, First One Picked On; Teach Me Different!.
Vineyard Video Productions, PO Box 370, 8 Elias Lane, West Tisbury, MA 02575-0370, 800.664.6119. LD-LA: Learning Disabilities, Learning Abilities.
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