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When Josh's friends call him "Slosh," it's particularly painful. Although he's smart when it comes to computers and math, Josh also has ADHD ï¿½ Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder. After talking to his teacher, Josh's parents decide to take him to a doctor, and things start looking up. Best of all, over time, Josh's classmates come to appreciate him as just another one of the guys.
Phoebe Flower's is having some friendship troubles. Plus, her impulsivity and distractibility have landed her in trouble at school again. Her parents and the school principal decide that Phoebe needs a little help to get back on track. At first, Phoebe is worried when she hears her parents talking about something called ADD. But then her mother confides to Phoebe that she had similar problems as a girl. With Mom's encouragement, Phoebe struggles with a writing assignment. Completing it at last, Phoebe is proud of her accomplishment, and excited that, through her writing; she's discovered the true meaning of best friend.
Gary just can't seem to fit in. He doesn't have any friends, his school work is always sloppy, and his teachers endlessly criticize him. But Gary has a way to escape—he spaces out. Then one day Gary accidentally hurts someone, and now he's being sent to a new school for kids with different learning styles. Will Gary finally be able to catch up and fit in, or will he remain the Spaceman forever?
Chester Raccoon doesn't want to go to school - he wants to stay home with his mother. She tells him he'll make new friends and read new stories. Plus, she's going to share a special, family secret with him - the Kissing Hand. This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home.
First of all, know this — you're smart and can learn! You just learn differently. This guide will help answer some of your important questions about having LD, such as "Why is it hard for kids with LD to learn?" and "What happens when you grow up?" It will also provide suggestions on how to deal with issues in school and take some of the mystery out of what having LD means (and doesn't mean). Includes resources for parents and teachers.
Adulthood is nothing to be frightened of, even if you have LD. This guide is aimed at helping prepare you not only for academic success, but for life as an adult. It helps explain how kids get into LD programs, clarifies your legal rights and responsibilities, and covers other vital topics including assertiveness, jobs, friends, dating, self-sufficiency, and responsible citizenship.
Ever since first grade, Ben's been in trouble, even though he's really not a bad kid. He just can't seem to stop doing things that get him sent to the principal's office. His parents and wise older sister, Meg, swear he'll be fine in his own time, but when a new kid shows up in Ben's fifth-grade class, he's not so sure. Trout sticks to him like glue, and it's clear from the start that Trout is a much bigger troublemaker than Ben ever was. So when Ben gets diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), just like Trout, and then has to take Ritalin, just like Trout, he's not sure what to make of his friendship — especially when he starts to get a bad reputation. Is Trout's badness rubbing off on him? Can Ben make people understand it's the ADD, not Trout, causing the problems before it's too late?
Davey Fischer is a fifth grader who can't seem to do anything right. He can't spell, do long division, or shoot baskets. When he finds out he has dysgraphia, a writing disability, his father can't admit he has a problem. Will Davey get the help he needs?
Life is especially tough for Joey. Not only does he struggle with ADHD, his family is truly dysfunctional. Readers will sense that Joey is a good kid who's trying to do the right things, but often without much support. Readers will likely laugh and weep for Joey.
Sophie is really, really angry! Her sister took her stuffed gorilla. Then Sophie triped on a toy truck. Furious, she slams out the front door and just keeps running. Soon, though, she calms down and starts to notice the ferns and birds. Before long she is ready to be back with her family.