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Learning Disabilities Sourcebook, 7th Ed.

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Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that affect the brain’s ability to process, store and communicate information. They are widespread, affecting as many as 1 out of every 5 people in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Education. During 2020–2021, the number of students aged 3–21 who received special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was 7.2 million, or 15 percent of all public school students. Among students receiving special education services, the most common category of disability was specific learning disabilities (33 percent). Learning disabilities directly impact many areas in the lives of those affected, making school difficult, affecting employment, complicating day-to-day activities, and even affecting relationships. Yet, learning disabilities are invisible obstacles. For this reason, they are often misunderstood, and their impact is often underestimated. Treatment for learning disabilities is mainly based on medications and rehabilitative techniques.

Learning Disabilities Sourcebook, Seventh Edition provides information about dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, speech and communication disorders, and auditory and visual processing disorders. It also provides details about other conditions that impact learning, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and other pervasive developmental disorders, hearing and visual impairment, and Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders. The book offers facts about diagnosing learning disabilities, the special education process, and legal protections. Guidelines for life-stage transitions and coping with daily challenges, a glossary of related terms, and a directory of resources for additional help and information are also included.

Part I: Understanding and Identifying Learning Disabilities explains how the brain works, defines what learning disabilities are, and describes theories regarding their potential causes. It explains how learning disabilities are evaluated and provides tips on how to choose an evaluation professional.

Part II: Types of Learning Disabilities describes the most common forms of learning disabilities, including problems with reading, writing, mathematics, speech, language, and communication. It explains what these disorders are, how they are diagnosed, and how they are treated. It also discusses learning disabilities among gifted students, a fairly common—but often unrecognized—phenomenon.

Part III: Other Disorders That Make Learning Difficult discusses common disorders that have a component that affects a child’s ability to learn, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; epilepsy; fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; pervasive developmental disorders; visual and hearing disabilities; and chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome.

Part IV: Learning Disabilities and the Educational Process provides information about how learning disabilities are accommodated within the schools. It describes early intervention strategies, explains how the special education process works, and details the legal support for students with learning disabilities. Specialized teaching techniques and alternative educational options, such as tutoring and homeschooling, that are used to help learning-disabled students succeed are described, and it also offers guidelines for successfully negotiating the transitions to high school and to college.

Part V: Living with Learning Disabilities discusses how learning dis- abilities impact daily life. It includes tips for coping with a learning dis- ability and for parenting a child with a learning disability. The impact of learning disabilities on self-esteem and life skills is discussed, and it offers suggestions to help those with learning disabilities deal with daily tasks, including meal preparation, money management, travel and transportation, and learning to drive. It also provides detailed guidelines for handling the employment issues faced by those with learning disabilities.

Part VI: Additional Help and Information includes a glossary of terms related to learning disabilities, a list of sources of college funding for students with disabilities, and a directory of resources for further help and support.

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  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation.
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations.
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms.
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support.
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts.
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