Beyond the Label: A Guide to Unlocking a Childs Educational Potential

Paperback | September 7, 2011

byKaren L. Schiltz, Amy M. Schonfeld, Tara A. Niendam

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When a child is struggling with a learning disability or behavioral disorder, it can be overwhelming for their parents, who often do not know what to do or where to turn for help. This groundbreaking book is a "must have" for any parent, educator, or person who cares for and wants to helpchildren who face challenges in school. It will help you to recognize the warning signs that may indicate a potential problem with a child and explain how to find the best help.This superb guide shows you how to obtain the necessary assessment(s) that will help you to better understand a child's strengths and weaknesses. It also describes what an educational "accommodation" is and how it can serve as a bridge to learning. Every child has the legal right to fully access thelearning environment and to show what they truly know when taking tests. The authors describe how accommodations specifically target a child's weaknesses in order to level the playing field in the classroom and during test taking situations. Accommodations can be as simple as giving the child extratime to finish a test or allowing them to take a test in a smaller group to minimize distractions. In addition, this handbook outlines the relevant research to help you understand the big picture of a child's learning and emotional needs. The authors offer extensive discussion of issues such as attention and concentration, memory, executive functioning, language, visual perception and processing, emotional functioning, and social skills. Throughout, they stress that, by focusing on behaviors and not labels, you will be able to betterunderstand the whats, whys, and hows of a child's learning and emotional challenges.

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When a child is struggling with a learning disability or behavioral disorder, it can be overwhelming for their parents, who often do not know what to do or where to turn for help. This groundbreaking book is a "must have" for any parent, educator, or person who cares for and wants to helpchildren who face challenges in school. It will ...

Karen L. Schiltz, PhD, is an Associate Clinical Professor (volunteer) at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has 25 years of experience assessing children with attention, memory, learning, and behavioral difficulties. She maintains a private practice in pediatric neuropsyc...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199747059

ISBN - 13:9780199747054

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IntroductionPART ONE: THE BASICS1. The Law2. The Tools3. The TeamPART TWO: BEYOND THE LABEL4. Attention and Concentration5. Memory6. Executive Functioning7. Language8. Visual Perceptual Ability9. Visual Processing Speed10. Achievement11. Emotional Functioning12. Social SkillsPART THREE: THE BIG PICTURE13. Things to Remember14. A Success StoryAppendix 1: Classroom AccommodationsAppendix 2: Testing AccommodationsAppendix 3: Assistive TechnologyAppendix 4: OrganizationsReferencesIndex