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Roadblocks to learning : understanding the obstacles that can sabotage your child's academic success
Greene, Lawrence J.
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New York : Warner Books, [2002]

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464 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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This book lays out the symptoms, terms, and strategies parents will encounter if their child has a learning block and explains how to convey their child's needs and condition to teachers. Categorized and cross-referenced for easy access, Roadblocks to Learning covers over 70 different obstacles to learning.

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Booklist Review

At any given time, about 15 percent of children in American classrooms are struggling with schoolwork, according to Greene, who has 30 years of experience as an educational therapist and teacher. His book is aimed at providing parents with information to understand their child's learning problems and to correct them, from attention deficit disorder to test anxiety and dyslexia. Greene details the factors that contribute to learning disabilities, including focusing, memory, reading comprehension, time management, and planning. He offers solid advice on how parents can work effectively with teachers and school personnel to address a child's learning difficulties and to make sure the child's needs are met. Greene outlines an array of learning disabilities, defines education jargon, and describes testing procedures. The book is divided into common learning problems: academics, applied intelligence, behavior, perceptual processing, psychological factors, and speech and language. Each section details the causes and symptoms, offers definitions, decodes education jargon, and describes testing procedures. A helpful resource for parents concerned about their children's learning abilities. --Vanessa Bush

Library Journal Review

Greene, a special education diagnostician and therapist with over 30 years' experience in dealing with learning difficulties and the author of 30 books on the subject (e.g., Finding Help When Your Child Is Struggling in School), here provides an in-depth manual for parents trying to understand and work with a child with learning problems. Using lay reader's language, Greene distinguishes six general categories of learning disabilities-academic, applied intelligence, behavior, perceptual processing, psychological issues, and speech and language-and explains how each applies to children. He also describes common symptoms and causes of learning disabilities, advantages and disadvantages of remedial and special education programs, and, most important, how parents can ensure that their child can exercise his or her legal rights to an equal-educational experience. The text is cross-referenced and indexed to assist readers in finding needed information quickly, and federal legislation is summarized in an appendix. This book will be extremely useful in public libraries, and academic libraries might want to acquire it to help education students get a basic understanding of special education.-Mark Bay, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
How to Use this Bookp. 9
Aptitudep. 15
Essays and Essay Testsp. 18
Gradesp. 25
Grammar and Syntaxp. 31
Handwritingp. 36
Identifying Important Informationp. 41
Intelligencep. 45
Keeping Up with the Classp. 51
Language Artsp. 58
Mastery of Academic Contentp. 67
Mathp. 72
Note Takingp. 79
Passive Learningp. 84
Performance Standardsp. 91
Punctuationp. 96
Reading Comprehensionp. 100
Recording Assignmentsp. 107
Spellingp. 112
Standardized Testsp. 116
Study Interruptionsp. 122
Study Skillsp. 127
Teacher-Designed Testsp. 132
Time Managementp. 138
Underachievementp. 143
Vocabularyp. 150
Applied Intelligence
Critical Thinkingp. 161
Goal Settingp. 165
Logicp. 171
Planningp. 176
Prioritiesp. 180
Problem Solvingp. 185
Strategic Thinkingp. 189
Angerp. 201
Apathyp. 208
Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)p. 214
Attention to Detailsp. 223
Avoiding Responsibilityp. 227
Bouncing Back from Setbacksp. 232
Conduct and Attitudep. 235
Dealing with Consequencesp. 241
Developmental Immaturityp. 246
Disorganizationp. 251
Incomplete Assignmentsp. 256
Judgmentp. 260
Learning from Mistakesp. 267
Peer Pressurep. 272
Procrastinationp. 278
Resistance to Helpp. 282
Self-controlp. 287
Teacher-Child Conflictp. 293
Working Independentlyp. 302
Perceptual Processing
Auditory Discriminationp. 317
Auditory Memoryp. 322
Brain Dysfunctionp. 326
Decodingp. 332
Dyslexiap. 335
Inaccurate Copyingp. 342
Phonicsp. 346
Reading Fluencyp. 351
Verbal Directionsp. 356
Visual Memoryp. 360
Written Directionsp. 364
Psychological Factors
Defense Mechanismsp. 373
Depressionp. 378
Fear of Failure, Success, and/or Competitionp. 383
I'm Dumb Syndromep. 388
Parent-Child Conflictp. 393
Psychological Overlay and Psychological Problemsp. 399
School Anxietyp. 406
Self-conceptp. 410
Test Anxietyp. 420
Speech and Language
Articulationp. 429
Language Disordersp. 433
Appendixesp. 441
Bibliographyp. 451
Indexp. 453