* 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.
The ABCs of Learning Disabilities, 2nd Edition
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
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
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
The Timing Hypothesis
Lexical Knowledge and Access
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
Chapter 4: Social Dimensions of Learning Disabilities
Social Cognitive Problems
The Risk and Resilience Theoretical Framework
Social Competence Interventions
Future Directions for Research
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
General Classroom Instruction for Self-Regulation
Concluding Comments and Continuing Questions
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
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
Chapter 8: Mathematics
What is Mathematics?
Mathematics Development and Communication
Mathematics and Learning Disabilities
Origins of Mathematics-Learning Disabilities
Chapter 9: Writing Instruction
Appendix II. Teaching the Chair Strategy in Opinion Essay Writing
Quotes and reviews
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."