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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home: A Parent's Guide
Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home: A Parent's Guide
By: Pamela Tanguay
Adams Media

Do you know a child who is bright, charming and articulate, but has no friends? A child who showed early signs of intelligence, but is now floundering, academically and emotionally? Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) are an enigma. They're children with extraordinary gifts and heartbreaking challenges that go far beyond the classroom. Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home explores the variety of daily life problems children with NLD may face, and provides practical strategies for parents to help them cope and grow, from preschool age through their challenging adolescent years. The author, herself the parent of a child with NLD, provides solutions to the everyday challenges of the disorder, from early warning signs and self-care issues to social skills and personal safety. User-friendly and highly practical, this book is an essential guide for parents in understanding and living with NLD, and professionals working with these very special children.

Off Track: When Poor Readers Become "Learning Disabled" (Renewing American Schools)
Off Track: When Poor Readers Become "Learning Disabled" (Renewing American Schools)
By: Louise Spear-Swerling, Robert Sternberg
Westview Press; Reprint edition
(1997)

For educators, parents, and others, Spear-Swerling and Sternberg identify the dangers of labeling children as reading or learning disabled, and present a new theoretical model of reading disability which identifies four ways in which disabled readers depart from the path of typical reading development. Using illustrative case studies, the authors describe the four patterns of reading disability, explain how to properly assess them and suggest ways to overcome them.

On Their Own
On Their Own
By: Anne Ford, John-Richard Thompson

On Their Own is an invaluable road map to ease these parents' fears and answer their questions, especially the one that haunts them daily: Will or can their child be on their own, and how? In a candid, sympathetic style, laced with real-life stories. Topics include: social skills and dating, staying healthy, sibling relationships, interaction with employers and co-workers, job hunting, finding the right college or trade school, and estate planning. It also includes a comprehensive resource guide and exclusive interviews with prominent professionals who have surmounted their learning disabilities: CEO's Sir Richard Branson, John Chambers, David Neeleman, and Charles Schwab, and former governor Gaston Caperton.

One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language
One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language
By: Patton Tabors
Brookes Publishing

Product Description: Reflecting 10 years of dramatic change in early education — especially in critical areas like assessment and cultural diversity — this fully revised edition gives teachers up-to-date research, usable information, and essential tools to meet the needs of second language learners in today's learning environments. Patton Tabors equips teachers with new and expanded content to help them apply research in the classroom, address NAEYC's recommendations for responding to linguistic and cultural diversity, use appropriate assessment techniques for children's first and second language, and understand and attend to the particular needs of internationally adopted children.

One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language
One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language
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Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
By: Lisa Delpit
New Press
(1996)

By the year 2000, nearly 40 percent of the children in America's classrooms will be African American, Hispanic, Asian American, or Native American, yet most of those children's teachers will be white. In a radical and piercing analysis of what is going on in American classrooms today, MacArthur Award-winning author Lisa Delpit suggests that many of the academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication as schools and "other people's children" struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics of inequality plaguing our system.

Overcoming Dyslexia
Overcoming Dyslexia
By: Sally E. Shaywitz

Yale neuroscientist Shaywitz demystifies the roots of dyslexia and offers parents and educators hope that children with reading problems can be helped. Shaywitz delves deeply into how dyslexia occurs, explaining that magnetic resonance imaging has helped scientists trace the disability to a weakness in the language system at the phonological level.

Overcoming Underachieving: An Action Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed in School
Overcoming Underachieving: An Action Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed in School
By: Sam Goldstein, Nancy Mather

In Overcoming Underachieving two nationally recognized experts in children's school problems show you how to become your child's advocate, coach, and guide through the educational process. Using numerous case examples, they help you pinpoint your child's unique learning patterns and the problems that interfere with learning, behavior, and achievement. This information-packed book provides dozens of creative, parent-tested tools to help your child overcome difficulties with reading, math, handwriting, study skills, memorization, attention span, and many other problems that affect school success.

Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to Understanding & Supporting Your Sensory-sensitive Child
Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to Understanding & Supporting Your Sensory-sensitive Child
By: Christopher R. Auer, Susan L. Blumberg
New Harbinger Publications
(2006)

Kids with sensory processing disorder SPD may seem unduly sensitive to physical sensations, light, and sound, and they may react strongly to sensory events that adult and other children take in stride or totally ignore. SPD can make it hard for kids to do well in school, participate in social events, and live peaceably with other family members. Until now there have been only limited resources for parents of kids with this condition, but in this book a child advocate and child psychologist offer this comprehensive guide to parenting a child with SPD and integrating his or her care with the needs of the whole family.

The book introduces SPD and offers an overview of what it means to advocate for a child with the condition. It describes a range of activities that help strengthen family relationships, improve communication about the disorder, and deal with problem situations and conditions a child with SPD may encounter. Throughout, the book stresses the importance of whole-family involvement in the care of a child with SPD, especially the roles fathers play in care-giving. Many of the book's ideas are illustrated with case stories that demonstrate how the book's ideas can play out in daily life.

Partnering for Fluency
Partnering for Fluency
By: Mary Kay Moskal, Camille L.Z. Blachowicz
The Guilford Press
(2006)

This volume, which is part of the Tools for Teaching Literacy series, provides a wealth of research-based, classroom-tested strategies for teaching reading fluency. Topics include fluency assessment, resources for fluency instruction, planning for instruction, and how to design staff development to encourage good fluency instruction. Of particular interest is the chapter entitled, "Student Partners for Fluency Development," in which the authors discuss how to effectively pair students for classroom fluency work so that they can take responsibility for their own learning and support each other's fluency development.

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