Looking Beyond the Label to Assess the Whole Child
Author: Christine MacIntyre
Publisher: Psychology Press
By highlighting the myriad of over-laps between learning difficulties, as well as questioning many assumptions about certain conditions, the authors of this book take a uniquely holistic angle on inclusive education.
This book supports inclusive practice by examining learning difficulties within the context of how humans learn and how teaching can create or prevent problems. It includes: a detailed look at different perspectives on human learning practical teaching approaches grounded in sound theory information on moderate to sever difficulties in literacy and numeracy. This is an essential reference for SENCOs, staff working as part of a support unit or in special schools, LEA advisers, teachers and TAs.
Provides up-to-date information on learning disabilities and the role of research in discovering underlying causes and effective treatments. Describes treatment options, strategies for coping and sources of information and support.
Children and Learning Difficulties is written to enable educators and parents to understand the nature of learning disability so they in turn can transform the capabilities of all children who struggle with learning. A specific learning disability occurs when difficulty with reading, writing, or mathematics actively interferes with success in school or college. Most individuals with a learning disability are bright, intelligent and creative yet struggle with formal learning. This book discusses how to identify the exact nature of a learning diability, outlines procedures for assessment and diagnosis, and suggests methods that have been proven to be effective. Practical guidelines and resources are available for teachers, educators and parents. The book is an invaluable resource and tool for all educators and families who are looking for answers to their questions.
This book is a guide to teaching reading more effectively to a wide range of children. It presents various research-supported approaches to teaching, explains why learning problems sometimes occur, and what can be done to prevent or overcome these difficulties.-- back cover, ed.
Dyslexia and other learning difficulties: The Facts addresses problems many intelligent children face who, while having normal IQ levels, still struggle to learn in the classroom setting. A short attention span, restlessness, an inability to write clearly, and reading comprehension well below age level are all indicators of learning disabilities, and this book offers a clear and sympathetic guide to the difficulties that parents and teachers face when working with a child with these sorts of obstacles to learning. The book deals with difficulties in traditional academic areas such as reading, spelling, and arithmetic, but also looks into lesser known conditions like clumsiness, social unease, and hyperactivity. Providing practical advice to parents to help understand their children's difficulties and to help them overcome problems and improve their self-esteem, Dyslexia and other learning difficulties: The Facts also offers a number of suggestions for managing difficult behaviour. This new edition has been fully updated and draws on the most recent research on learning difficulties and some associated disorders and their treatments. It also provides information about electronic and computer aids that are now available to help individuals with learning difficulties. This encouraging approach and easy-to-read style will appeal to parents as well as to professionals who work with children with learning disabilities.
Written with the busy practitioner in mind, the author draws on his extensive specialist knowledge to offer a sensible, workable and practical approach for any teacher who wishes to understand and promote effective classroom inclusion for children with learning difficulties. Concentrating on the realities of teaching and learning, this book: places learning difficulties in the context of policy and law examines and explains the relevant terms and definitions puts forward suggestions for provision looks at ways of assessing and raising achievement offers strategies to develop an inclusive, responsive environment.
The authors recognize that there are tensions, especially the difficulty of validating research on small varied populations in a wide range of schools, community, and other settings. The book will help readers to critically evaluate the implications of research reports for their own practice and will enable them to: Access research in learning difficulties, drawing on other disciplines Understand different types of research methodology and their strengths and limitations Examine the constraints on methodology because of the characteristics of the field Understand the particular issues of small-scale research and participatory research Explore new methodologies that are developing in the field
Presents an overview of the education of learning disabled children, covering such topics as early identification and intervention, socal and behavioral issues, teaching strategies, and accommodation and support of students.