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Parents' Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties: Information, Advice and Practical Tips

by Veronica Bidwell Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 352 pages
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Providing everything you need to know about Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), this book is packed full of advice and practical strategies to help support and motivate children who learn differently.   


The first part of the book covers the most common SpLDs, from ADHD, visual processing difficulty and poor working memory through to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and Specific Language Impairment. It explains clearly and concisely what each difficulty is, how it can affect a child's learning and how to help a child to succeed despite their difficulties. The second part of the book includes a host of tips, tools and strategies to support your child's efforts in areas such as reading, writing, spelling and handwriting, as well as advice on how to keep your child motivated through life's setbacks.   


Written by an experienced Educational Psychologist, this is a one-stop-shop for parents and carers who are looking for ways to support their child's learning, as well as for educators and teachers looking for advice on how to differentiate lessons and motivate pupils with SpLDs.

Introduction. 1. Information Processing. 2. Working Memory. 3. Dyslexia. 4. Dyspraxia. 5. Dyscalculia and Other Maths Difficulties. 6. Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity (ADHD). 7. Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 8. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). 9. Specific Language Impairment. 10. Visual Processing Difficulty. 11. An Educational Psychologist's Assessment. 12. The WISCIV, Understanding Test Scores and Spikey Profiles. Part 2: The Parent Tool Kit - Tips for Teaching. 13. Teaching Tips. 14. Tips for Reading. 15. Tips for Spelling. 16. Tips for Writing. 17. Handwriting Tips. 18. Tips for Maths. 19. Tips to Help a Child Handle Life's Knocks and Setbacks. 20. Tips for Positive Liaison with School Staff. 21. Tips to Enhance Language. 22. Tips for Motivation. 23. Tips for Confident Learners. 24. Habits, Strategies and Study Skills. Appendix 1. Explanation of Ages and Key Stages. Appendix 2. Games and Activities for Parents and Children to Play. Glossary. References.

This is the go-to book for parents with children who have specific learning difficulties. The book explains the varying specific learning difficulties and tells parents how to help. It is informative, practical and accessible without being patronising. It works either as a cover to cover read or as a book to dip into. If parents could spend a week with an educational psychologist asking every question they could think of, the result might be this book!
Veronica Bidwell has over 30 years of experience as a practising Educational Psychologist, during which she worked in the public sector in mainstream and special schools. In the late 90s, she set up and ran a leading independent Educational Psychology Service, VB Associates. She has also contributed to Dystalk, the leading learning difficulty website offering a series of talks given by experts in their fields. Veronica lives in London, UK.