Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years

Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years

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Between five and eleven million individuals in the USA struggle with learning disabilities throughout adulthood, and it is estimated that two to three per cent of incoming college freshman are learning disabled. In fact, learning-disabled adults are the fastest growing population of disabled university students. But unlike in the past, learning disabilities are now well understood, and there is a great deal of help available for the disabledif they can find it. Written in a readable and friendly style, Facing Learning Disabilities is an invaluable resource not only for learning disabled adults, but also highschool and college students with learning disabilities, parents, professionals across disciplines, and the lay public. Here is the most up-to-date information on the causes and symptoms of learning disabilities, specific conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, a review of definitions, an update of research and advances in the neurosciences, assessment and intervention, pertinent legal issues, making college and employment plans, the role of professionals, and much more. The authors review metacongnitive theory and emphasize the role of strategic approaches to learning both in and out of school. Clinical examples make a compelling case that individuals with learning disabilities can-and do-attain significant levels of success. New research consistently demonstrates that access to information and knowledge about learning disabilities is essential for success and self-fulfillment. Written by educators with extensive educational experience, this book offers a rigorous, comprehensive treatment of the field of learning disabilities.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 167.6 x 242.3 x 20.3mm | 945.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195113357
  • 9780195113358

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How learning disabilites are manifested in adults, and how to overcome them - real, practical help from a rapidly progressing therapeutic field. Shapiro and Rich (both of whom hold doctorates in special education), offer both current information and strategies for action. They first define the problems, and varying definitions abound. At the outset, they note that "learning disability" is "an umbrella term that includes different subsets of problems.... It may mean difficulty with reading decoding, reading comprehension, written expression, mathematical calculations or reasoning, oral language, or a combination of these." They go on to discuss its possible causes (current research focuses on mapping the areas of the brain most likely to be involved, and investigating the role of genetics), describe recent theories of how the brain works, and then explain how learning disabilities are diagnosed. (Many adults still go undiagnosed until their children have been discovered to have a learning disability.) Specific disabilities, especially dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, are discussed in detail along with associated psychosocial problems before Shapiro and Rich turn to instructional approaches, vocational services, research, and relevant legal issues. Illustrative case studies throughout keep the presentation from becoming too academic. A worthwhile primer, and a sound starting point for further research. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About Joan Shapiro

Joan Shapiro holds a Doctoral Degree and an M.ED in Special Education as well as a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Reading from Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously an Associate Professor of Education at Marymount Manhattan College, she codeveloped and directed the Ruth Smadbeck Communication and Learning Center for children and adolescents and the program for college students with learning disabilities. Now in private practice, she lives in Manhattan. Rebecca Rich holds a Doctoral Degree in Special Education as well as a Masters Degree in both Reading and Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is Associate Professor of Education, Director of the program for students with learning disabilities and Director of Special Education at Manhattanville College. She lives in Purchase, New York.show more

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