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The ABCs of Learning Disabilities

The ABCs of Learning Disabilities, 2nd Edition

The ABCs of Learning Disabilities, 2nd Edition,Bernice Wong,Lorraine Graham,Maureen Hoskyn,Jeanette Berman,ISBN9780123725530

Wong   &   Graham   &   Hoskyn   &   Berman   

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A concise, introductory textbook to the field of learning disabilities.

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Key Features

* Undergraduate level text
* 90% new material
* Concise introduction to field
* Covers current concepts like removing the IQ-performance discrepancy formula in diagnosing learning disabilities
* New chapter on self-regulation and learning disabilities
* Whole school approach to social skills intervention


The ABCs of Learning Disabilities, Second Edition, discusses major research findings on learning disabilities in children, adolescents and adults in language, memory, social skills, self-regulation, reading, mathematics, and writing, with an additional chapter on assessment. This concise primer is intended for use as an undergraduate introductory text to the field. Written with an evenness of tone, breadth, and depth, the conveys an engaging style meant to encourage the beginning student to identify the “big picture” and to be interested in conceptual issues as well as research findings.


Psychology students studying learning disabilities and special education, as well as special educators, regular classroom teachers, school psychologists, speech pathologists, and other education and health care professionals.

Bernice Wong

Bernice Wong is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. Prior to retirement, her passion had been writing intervention research with students with and without learning disabilities. In retirement, her love for writing has transformed from academic writing to short stories about interesting events in her life.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

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Lorraine Graham

Maureen Hoskyn

Jeanette Berman

The ABCs of Learning Disabilities, 2nd Edition

Preface Chapter 1: Learning Disabilities: From Past to Present The Influence of Europe (1800-1920) The Influence of America (1920-1960) The Rise and Consolidation of the Learning Disabilities Field (1963-1985) Definitions of Learning Disabilities Some Additional Points Etiology Genetic Contributions to Reading and Writing Disabilities Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Characteristics of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Learning Disabilities Achievements in the Learning Disabilities Field Winds of Change Critique of RTI Summary References Chapter 2: Language and Learning Disabilities What is Language? How Does Children's Language Develop? Early Language Development and Learning Disabilities Communication of Children with Learning Disabilities Phonology The Timing Hypothesis Morphology Lexical Knowledge and Access Syntax Discourse Summary References Chapter 3: Working Memory and Learning Disabilities Working Memory and Learning Disabilities The Construct of Working Memory Theories of Working Memory and Working Memory Development Constructivist Theories of Working Memory Development Information Processing Models and Learning Disabilities Summary References Chapter 4: Social Dimensions of Learning Disabilities Introduction The Beginning Social Cognitive Problems Self-Understanding Loneliness The Risk and Resilience Theoretical Framework Social Competence Interventions Future Directions for Research Summary References Chapter 5: Self-Regulation and Learning Disabilities Characteristics of the Whole Learner Components of Self-Regulated Learning Self-Regulation and Learning Disabilities: A Summary Assessment of Aspects of Self-Regulation Instructional Approaches Cognitive Education General Classroom Instruction for Self-Regulation Concluding Comments and Continuing Questions Summary References Chapter 6: Assessment for Learning A Classroom Framework for Assessment Why Assess Learning? What are We Assessing? How Do We Assess Learning? Adapted Conventional Assessment Procedures Alternative Assessment Procedures Interpretation of Assessment Information Conclusions Summary References Chapter 7: Reading Reading: Word Recognition Summary of Word Recognition Section Reading: Reading Comprehension Summary of Difficulties in Reading Comprehension Experienced by Students with Learning Disabilities Effective Reading Comprehension Instruction Implementing Effective Instructional Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities Improving Students' Comprehension of Narrative Text Improving Students' Comprehension of Expository Text Conclusion Summary References Chapter 8: Mathematics Mathematics What is Mathematics? Mathematics Development and Communication Mathematics and Learning Disabilities Origins of Mathematics-Learning Disabilities Summary References Chapter 9: Writing Instruction Prior Training Instructional Foci Training Summary References Appendix I Appendix II. Teaching the Chair Strategy in Opinion Essay Writing Author Index Subject Index

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Review of the 1st edition:

"The breadth of pertinent information packed into the 237 pages of text of this book is most impressive. The wide scope of essential material is presented succinctly and in a very readable and engaging style. The author did a tremendous job of selecting from current and relevant literature across different areas and summarizing the material into a very cohesive whole... The book is an excellent potential text for any undergraduate or beginning graduate class on learning disabilities. This book would also be valuable for special educators, regular classroom teachers, school psychologists, speech pathologists, and other education and health care professionals...It is rare to see a book that covers both the research and the practical applications components of a field so well."
--Contemporary Psychology--

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