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The following are recommended books for parents and educators.

Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder
Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder
By: Rondalyn Varney Whitney

Author Rondalyn Varney Whitney, a pediatric occupational therapist, is the mother of Zac, a child who suffers from nonverbal learning disorder, or NLD. By definition, NLD is a neurological defect in children who are unable to recognize the nonverbal clues that make up 50 percent of communication. In Bridging the Gap, Whitney seamlessly weaves practical professional advice throughout the account of her passionate involvement with her son. She writes, "I believe that NLD, now thought to be as prevalent as dyslexia, is a difference and not a flaw." She also warns parents and teachers that kids with NLD are likely to be misdiagnosed as lazy or defiant, so she urges readers to consider both the strengths (high intelligence and advanced verbal skills and memory) and weaknesses (low visual, spatial, and motor skills and deficits in social communication) of these kids.

Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook
Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook
By: Joan M. Harwell

This New Second Edition of a practical resource already being used by over 55,000 special educators gives you a wealth of new and proven suggestions and ready-to-use materials for helping students of all ages overcome learning disabilities, including dozens of full-page devices you can photocopy and use at once! Written by a master teacher with over 30 years of experience in both mainstreamed and special classes, the Handbook covers virtually every aspect of working with students with learning disabilities, from causes and assessment to classroom management and lesson planning. You'll find diagnostic tools and remediation techniques for all types of learning disabilities specific interventions for specific problems strategies for building academic skills in all basic content areas and ways to improve motivation, participation, and self-esteem in even the most reluctant learner.

Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities
Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities
By: Veronica Crawford, Larry B. Silver, M.D.

What is it like to live with disabilities no one can see? Readers will find out in this honest and gripping narrative of one woman's life with hidden disabilities — including learning disabilities, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Yet this is more than just her story of battling adversity and coming out a winner. In each chapter, renowned psychiatrist Larry Silver, M.D., shares his insight into how Veronica's experiences — both positive and negative — influenced her academically and emotionally and how early diagnosis and intervention might have benefited her. These two compelling accounts give readers an appreciation for the difficulties and triumphs living with hidden disabilites can bring and an awareness of what can be done to help.

Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education
Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education
By: Daniel P. Hallahan, James M. Kauffman

Hallahan and Kauffman continue their tradition of presenting the latest trends and issues in this edition with over 400 new reference citations dated 2000 and after. Theory and research is presented in clear and concise language, and practical teaching suggestions are based on sound research. There are good reasons why Hallahan and Kauffman has been the best-selling introductory book in special education for generations of general education and special education teachers. Depth, lucidity, clarity, and coherence combine to make a text appropriate for readers at all levels: graduate and undergraduate, from introductory to advanced. Hallahan and Kauffman bring readers information they can trust. For anyone interested in education, specifically special education and human exceptionality.

Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner
Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner
By: Christopher Lee, Rosemary Jackson

Christopher Lee was the author's student at The University of Georgia, and Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner is the story of his struggle to come to terms with learning disabilities. Using modifications and accommodations and putting in lots of hard work, Christopher graduated in 1990, and this book was published in 1992. Christopher looked forward to graduating because he thought his major struggles with LD would end with school. However, he quickly realized that the world of work offered a whole new array of challenges. He has spent the last eight years reframing his disability into something positive and has learned how to use assistive technology to compensate for problems with reading, writing and spelling in the workplace.

Handbook of Psychological Assessment
Handbook of Psychological Assessment
By: Gary Groth-Marnat

This book presents a step-by-step guide on how to conduct a comprehensive psychological evaluation. It provides a complete review of the most commonly used assessment instruments and the most efficient methods for selecting and administering tests, evaluating data, and integrating results into a coherent, problem-solving report.

Learning Disabilities (Social Issues Firsthand)
Learning Disabilities (Social Issues Firsthand)
By: Sharon Gunten (Editor)

This edited collection of articles gives the human side of the social issue of learning disabilities. Personal perspectives movingly describe family life, education and work. Experts write about diagnosis and definition of learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities A to Z
Learning Disabilities A to Z
By: Corinne Smith, Lisa Strick

This book is about helping youngsters with learning disabilities hold onto their dreams. It is also about helping their mothers and fathers negotiate the maze of challenges that so often leaves parents and students alike feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Writing with warmth and compassion Corinne Smith and Lisa Strick explain the causes, identification, and treatment of learning disabilities and present a wealth of practical strategies for helping youngsters become successful both in and out of the classroom.

Learning Disabilities and Life Stories
Learning Disabilities and Life Stories
By: Pano Rodis, Andrew Garrod , Mary Lynn Boscardin

This anthology is comprised of two major components: thirteen full-length, autobiographical essays written by persons with learning disabilities and five analytical chapters written by education and psychology scholars. Speaking in terms alternately intimate and analytical, the autobiographical essays each tell of a sustained personal encounter with the challenges and mysteries of living with a learning disability. But these autobiographies are not merely personal, concerned solely with their writers' private lives. Rather, they are also in various ways consciously analytical, offering astute critical readings of culture and society. The scholarly essays are written by such noted educators and psychologists as Lisa Delpit, Robert Kegan, and Janet Lerner. For any educator or parent of students with learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Information for Teens
Learning Disabilities Information for Teens
By: Sandra A. Lawton

This book provides information about the different kinds of learning disabilities, the common signs of learning disabilities, what causes learning disabilities, how they are diagnosed, and other disabilities and chronic conditions that affect learning. It provides information on academic issues, living with a learning disability, and legal rights available to people with learning disabilities. Resources for additional help and information are also included.

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