Learning Disabilities Information for Teens, 2nd Ed.

Teen Health Series

Learning Disabilities Information for Teens, 2nd Ed.

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Nearly 2.9 million students in the United States receive special education services for learning disabilities. Furthermore, because the high school dropout rate for students with learning disabilities is much higher than that for the general student population, it is important to understand how students with learning disabilities can be helped.

Learning Disabilities Information for Teens, 2nd Edition, describes the signs, causes, and diagnosis of learning disabilities, and discusses the effects of other disabilities and chronic conditions on learning. It also provides coping tips and information on academic issues, assistive technology, and laws that protect the rights of people with learning disabilities.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Learning Disabilities: An Overview defines learning disabilities, describes common signs associated with learning disabilities, and discusses current myths and misconceptions regarding the causes of learning disabilities. It explains how learning disabilities are diagnosed, and also provides statistical information related to learning disabilities.

Part II: Types Of Learning Disabilities describes the three categories of learning disabilities—academic skills disorders, developmental speech and language disorders, and other disorders that include impaired sensory and motor skills and information processing issues. The often-overlooked problems faced by gifted students with learning disabilities are also discussed.

Part III: Co-Occurring Disorders takes a look at the types of problems that often accompany learning disabilities and complicate their treatment, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance abuse, and bipolar disorder.

Part IV: Other Disabilities And Chronic Conditions That Affect Learning provides information on medical conditions and physical challenges that can affect a student’s ability to learn either by interrupting the educational process or by affecting the ways in which the brain processes information. These include aphasia, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, Tourette syndrome, XYY syndrome, triple-X syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, and Turner syndrome.

Part V: Academic Issues provides facts about understanding and accessing different education options. It explains how to document a learning disability, why it is important, and how to develop an individualized education plan (IEP). It provides practical suggestions for areas that may be especially challenging, including increasing the effectiveness of homework, improving study skills, and learning to spell. It also provides information on available assistive technology, explains career development options, and offers tips about transition planning and evaluating educational options after high school.

Part VI: Living With A Learning Disability offers help to students in areas where they may face challenges outside of the classroom, self-esteem, self-advocacy, and social skills. Commonly encountered problems, such as bullying, coping with sibling issues, barriers to participation, and employment discrimination, are also discussed.

Part VII: Learning Disabilities And Your Legal Rights provides information on the laws that protect people with learning disabilities. These include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Part VIII: If You Need More Information offers provides a directory of organizations able to provide additional help or support for those with learning disabilities.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • 400 pages per volume
  • Includes online access
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts