The Survival Guide For Kids With Learning Differences Paperback – Nov 1 2002
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Grade 5 Up-- A book intended for use by young people with this disability. While LD may mean learning disabled to some people, to them, the authors explain, it means "learning different." The book begins with the "Six Great Gripes of Kids with LD," the first of which is, "No one explains what LD is, so we spend a lot of time worrying about what is wrong with us." In the 12 chapters that comprise the body of this book, the authors describe the five types of LD, the rights of LD students in public schools, and a variety of behaviors to help LD kids manage their feelings and get along better at home and in school. The final chapter stresses ways in which to prepare for adult life. Scattered throughout the chapters are activities and exercises to help LD kids to better understand and to cope with their problems. The text is written in a simple, straightforward, and chatty style and includes short case studies and stories explaining how real LD kids reacted in the situations under discussion. A section for parents and teachers provides additional resources and information. The clearly written, factual material will help those with LD and those who live or work with them to understand the complexities of this disability. --Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Gary Fisher, Ph.D., is a professor and the director of the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Rhoda Cummings, Ed.D., is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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The author states “sometimes teachers will say things like this to parents of kids with LD: “Your child would do fine if he was not so lazy.” Yes, there are always “bad apples” among teachers who will say or suggest that LD students are lazy, but the vast majority have never used this word, so why tell readers about this scenario???
The book Many Ways to Learn is a much more comprehensive guide.
Here are some superb books for children and teens with learning difficulties and disabilities:
It’s Called Dyslexia, Jennifer Mallinos
Knees: The Mixed Up World of a Kid with Dyslexia, Vanita Oelschlager
The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia, Diane Robb
Hank Zipzer series (protagonist has dyslexia), Henry Winkler
Susan Shreve- The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates, Joshua Bates Takes Charge, Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again
Many Ways to Learn: A Kid’s Guide to LD (2011 edition), Judith Stern
Eli, The Boy Who Hated to Write (2nd edition), Regina and Eli Richards
My Name Is Brain Brian, Jeanne Betancourt
Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You, Barthe DeClements
Succeeding with LD (2nd edition), Jill Lauren
Learning Disabilities and Life Stories, Pano Rodis
Learning Outside the Lines, Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
Brilliant Idiot: An Autobiography of a Dyslexic, Dr. Abraham Schmitt
Reversals, Eileen Simpson
The Human Side of Dyslexia, Shirley Kurnoff
Books About Learning Difficulties
Leo the Late Bloomer, Robert Kraus
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, Deborah Diesen
Katie’s Rose: A Tale of Two Late Bloomers, Karen Burnett
Jasmine Can (difficulty reading), Bena Hartman
Annie’s Plan: Taking Charge of Schoolwork and Homework (attention, time management, organization), Jeanne Kraus
Thank You, Mr. Falker (difficulty reading), Patricia Polacco
Gifted Hands: The [Dr.] Ben Carson Story, Gregg and Deborah Lewis
It is an easy to read and understand book.
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