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Learning disabilities : the ultimate teen guide
Paquette, Penny Hutchins.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2003]

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x, 301 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Learning disabilities; an overview -- Your brain -- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Dyscalculia; problems with numbers -- Dysgraphia; problems with writing -- Dyslexia; problems with reading -- Foreign languages -- Nonverbal learning disability -- Your test report -- IEP -- Transition planning -- Law and your rights -- Reviewing postsecondary education options -- No more teachers, no more books -- Assistive technology.
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LC4704.74 .P37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Exclusively written for teenagers and young adults dealing with a wide variety of learning disabilities--including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia, and dyslexia--this accessible resource offers the tools for taking a proactive role in identifying, understanding and overcoming the obstacles facing teens with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities provides a clear and informative overview of the most common disabilities. Appealing to teenagers with its easy-to-read format and positive tips for success, the book also teaches students how to advocate for themselves, informing them of their rights under law both during the school years and after high school graduation. Assistive technology that can help students improve their learning abilities such as Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems, screen reading software, books on tape, electronic notebooks, and other tools that aid student learning are covered. The most recent research on brain structure and function, and the role they play in learning disabilities is presented, as well as a step-by-step guide to test reports, so that teens can understand how their disabilities are diagnosed. Gathering information from students, high school guidance counselors, and from medical and other professionals, authors Paquette and Tuttle also show teens they are not alone in their struggles, profiling famous people that also have learning disabilities.

Author Notes

Penny Hutchins Paquette is an educational writer, former school librarian, and author of Asthma: The Ultimate Teen Guide She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Cheryl Gerson Tuttle is a special education coordinator and educational writer in Special Education with broad experience at the preschool through college levels. She is the author of Medications: The Ultimate Teen Guide. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Teens with learning disabilities are often uninformed about their own conditions and how they can most benefit from special-education services. This guide offers a solid base of information including definitions, coping strategies, tips on interpreting test results, legal considerations, and post-secondary-school options. Addressing teens directly in a highly readable format, the authors present a history of learning disabilities, followed by individual chapters focusing on specific disabilities including ADHD, dyscalculia, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. Each chapter includes a description of how it feels to have the particular disability, symptoms, practical suggestions, and resources including Web sites. Profiles, success stories, and quotes are sprinkled throughout. An especially beneficial section provides a sample of test results with explanations and suggestions. Another chapter looks at the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and promotes proactive student participation. The concluding chapters look at higher education and career choices including four-year colleges, vocational or trade programs, military service, and volunteer opportunities. Well organized, up-to-date, and practical, this title is a necessary addition for media centers and special-education collections and will certainly be useful for any student who has a learning disability.-Susan McCaffrey, Haslett High School, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.