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Recommended Books

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The following are recommended books for parents and educators on learning disabilities, ADHD, and other issues. This list is by no means exhaustive, but is intended to provide you with a starting point for increasing your knowledge. The links are to Amazon.com where you can find more information about each book.

This list is organized alphabetically by title. You can also see this list organized by subject.

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Taking Charge of ADHD

By: Russell A. Barkley

A treasured resource, this book empowers parents by arming them with the knowledge, expert guidance, and confidence they need to ensure that their child with ADHD receives the best care possible. Dr. Barkley explains what the latest research reveals about the nature of ADHD, its causes, and the most effective treatment strategies.

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning

By: David H. Rose , Anne Meyer

As a teacher in a typical classroom, there are two things you know for sure: Your student… and you're responsible for helping every one attain the same high standards. This book is the first comprehensive presentation of the principles and applications of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) — a practical, research-based framework for responding to individual learning differences and a blueprint for the modern redesign of education.

Teaching for Thinking

By: Robert Sternberg , Louise Spear-Swerling

Part of the "Psychology in the Classroom" series, Teaching for Thinking addresses higher order thinking processes. The book helps teachers understand teaching strategies to enhance thinking, understand the role of questioning, helps teacher focus on teaching and evaluating creative insight skills, and understand the basic principles and pitfalls in the teaching of thinking skills.

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom

By: Susan Winebrenner , Pamela Espeland

Since the first edition was published, author Susan Winebrenner has spent eight years using it with school districts, teachers, parents, and kids across the U.S. and the U.K. this revised, expanded, updated edition reflects her personal experiences and the changes that have taken place in education over the years. Her basic philosophy hasn't changed, and all of the proven, practical, classroom-tested strategies teachers love are still here. But there's now an entire chapter on identifying gifted students. The step-by-step how-tos for using the strategies are more detailed and user-friendly. There's a new chapter especially for parents. And all of the forms in the book are also on CD-ROM (sold separately) so you can print them out and customize them for your classroom.

Teaching Learning Strategies and Study Skills to Students with Learning Disabilities, ADD or Special Needs

By: Stephen S. Strichart , Charles T. Mangrum

This book features 169 reproducible activities which provide opportunities for active learning and student practice in the study skills and strategies most important for students with special needs. Teaching students with special needs to use study skills and strategies effectively is an important step in transforming these students into independent learners. In addition to the reproducible activities themselves, each chapter in this book contains suggestions for using the activities, mastery assessment, and an answer key.

Teaching Mathematics to Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities

By: Asha Jitendra (Editor) , Marjorie Montague (Editor)

A highly practical resource for special educators and classroom teachers, this book provides specific instructional guidance illustrated with vignettes, examples, and sample lesson plans. Every chapter is grounded in research and addresses the nuts and bolts of teaching math to students who are not adequately prepared for the challenging middle school curriculum. Presented are a range of methods for helping struggling learners build their understanding of foundational concepts, master basic skills, and develop self-directed problem-solving strategies. While focusing on classroom instruction, the book also includes guidelines for developing high-quality middle school mathematics programs and evaluating their effectiveness.

Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners

By: Esther Minskoff

Approaching literacy development as a complex process that unfolds over time, this book gives educators the guidance they need to help students continuously advance and deepen their reading skills — not just in the early grades, but into the upper grades as well. All the suggested ideas and approaches are evidence-based or identified as best practices in reading, so educators can use them with confidence in their classrooms. Equally effective as a text for preservice educators, a manual for in-service teachers, and a resource for administrators wrestling with different approaches to reading instruction, this in-depth, accessible book will lead to sharper skills and better outcomes for a wide range of struggling learners.

Teaching Students With Language and Communication Disabilities

By: S. Jay Kuder

This book provides teachers and other education professionals with essential information on language development and disorders that will enable them to identify and effectively teach children with language difficulties. The first section of this book presents updated research on language and language development with a focus on application to school-age students. The second section analyzes the language difficulties associated with specific disability types, including a new chapter on the language difficulties of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. The third section of the text focuses on contemporary assessment and instructional strategies. Several newer approaches, including FastForWord are discussed. The emphasis throughout is on instructional techniques that are firmly grounded in research. For anyone involved in the education of children with communication disabilities, speech therapist, school teachers.

*This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Teaching Test-Taking Skills

By: Thomas E. Scruggs , Margo A. Mastropieri

This book aims to improve the validity of the test. It makes scores more accurately reflect what students really know by making sure that students lose points only because they do not know the information. Teachers can focus on whether poor performance reflects students' low levels of knowledge, or merely poor skills in applying what they know to tests. Test-taking skills training teaches general concepts about the test format or other conditions of testing, not specific items on the test.

That's Like Me!

By: Jill Lauren

What do a trapeze artist, an Arctic explorer, and a soccer player have in common? Meet the fifteen kids and adults profiled in That s Like Me!, a collection of first-person accounts of successful people who learn differently. Whether it was reading, math, writing, or speech problems, each person shares his or her inspiring story of facing the challenge of school, while pursuing important goals. An invaluable resource list for adults and students included, as well as a place for kids to write their own success stories.

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