Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Helping Your Children's Learning Problems

Jane M. Healy, Author . Simon & Schuster $26 (402p) ISBN 978-1-416-55641-1

From educational psychologist Healey (Your Child's Growing Mind ) comes a parents' guide to learning disorders and the positive steps to avoid or reverse problems accompanying a child's diagnosis. Defining a learning problem as “any innate or acquired characteristic that consistently interferes with one or more aspects of learning,” Healey explains that the way a brain is “wired” accounts for disorders in language arts and math, social and personal organizational skills, and motor and sensory abilities. Whether a development problem becomes a disability (and if medication is appropriate) depends on its severity and expectations made of a child at a given age. Healey provides a very hands-on guide with anecdotal case studies, the latest brain science research data made comprehensible, and plenty of bulleted checklists covering symptoms, action steps, and advice. The first part focuses on the problems and possibilities for “dys-sed” kids; the second part presents the scientific how-and-why of juvenile brain function, the role of genetics, and intelligence and learning styles; the third offers proven techniques and remedies for destressing kids and their environments by limiting distracting or disruptive lifestyle factors. Every chapter features plenty of subheads and pullout questions or quotes, which make the pages visually accessible and help sustain interest in what could be an overwhelming topic. This is a ready reference parents will welcome. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 03/01/2010
Release date: 04/01/2010
Paperback - 402 pages - 978-1-4165-5642-8
Ebook - 402 pages - 978-1-4391-7020-5
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