Roadblocks to Learning: Understanding the Obstacles That Can Sabotage Your Child's Academic Success

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9780446679015: Roadblocks to Learning: Understanding the Obstacles That Can Sabotage Your Child's Academic Success

This book lays out the symptoms, terms, and strategies parents will encounter if their child has a learning block and explains how to convey their child's needs and condition to teachers. Categorized and cross-referenced for easy access, "Roadblocks to Learning" covers over 70 different obstacles to learning.

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Drawing on 30 years of experience on the front lines of special education, Lawrence Greene offers hope and help for parents of children with learning deficits. Rather than simply rounding up the usual suspects, dyslexia and ADD, Roadblocks to Learning clearly catalogs 70 different obstacles--from test anxiety and poor time management to underachievement and disorganization---that can interfere with your child's enjoyment of and accomplishment at school.

Time is of the essence, warns Greene. "When deficits are overlooked or misdiagnosed, children may conclude that they cannot succeed in school and they will lower their expectations and aspirations." He cuts through the jargon of tests, diagnosis, and treatment, offering parents smart insights and strategies to address six categories of learning deficits: academic, applied intelligence, behavior, perceptual processing, psychological defenses, speech, and language.

Each chapter includes red-flag behaviors for a learning roadblock such as difficulty with essay test taking or following instructions, in addition to methods for tackling the problem. Greene has done a superb job of equipping parents with the ability to pinpoint learning problems and become informed advocates for their children. --Barbara Mackoff

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Greene, a special education diagnostician and therapist with over 30 years' experience in dealing with learning difficulties and the author of 30 books on the subject (e.g., Finding Help When Your Child Is Struggling in School), here provides an in-depth manual for parents trying to understand and work with a child with learning problems. Using lay reader's language, Greene distinguishes six general categories of learning disabilities-academic, applied intelligence, behavior, perceptual processing, psychological issues, and speech and language-and explains how each applies to children. He also describes common symptoms and causes of learning disabilities, advantages and disadvantages of remedial and special education programs, and, most important, how parents can ensure that their child can exercise his or her legal rights to an equal-educational experience. The text is cross-referenced and indexed to assist readers in finding needed information quickly, and federal legislation is summarized in an appendix. This book will be extremely useful in public libraries, and academic libraries might want to acquire it to help education students get a basic understanding of special education.
Mark Bay, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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