Learning Disabilities: Understanding the Problem and Managing the Challenges

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Learning Disabilities: Understanding the Problem and Managing the Challenges
Author: Etta K. Brown
Publisher: Langdon Street Press 

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Reviewed by:  Cheryl Malandrinos 

If you suspect your child has a learning disability or if an educator has suggested your child has a learning disability you’ll want to pick up a copy of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the Problem and Managing the Challenges by Etta K. Brown.

A certified special education teacher, school social worker, school psychologist and Licensed Education Psychologist, Brown puts her twenty years of experience to excellent use in putting together a helpful and informative guide for parents who need to understand learning disabilities and the environmental influences that impact a child’s ability to learn.

If only I had this book in my possession when I began the difficult process of having my daughter assessed, I would not only have done things differently, I would have been a better advocate for my child. I didn’t know the majority of the information found in the book, which is why I believe that every parent with a child who has been recommended for an assessment needs to read it before taking any step in that direction.

In addition to the impact that diet and sleep have on brain function, the author discusses developmental readiness and how immature development may affect classroom performance. She spends time on the subject of retention and why it isn’t always the best solution. This book also covers how parenting, emotional trauma and toxic metals can affect development.

After getting an understanding of learning disabilities and environmental influences that impact a child’s ability to learn, Brown moves on to a history of Special Education and provides an in-depth look at the entire process of determining eligibility, tests and testing, and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). She is a strong proponent of parents acting as advocates for their children.

The last section of the book shares signs and symptoms of learning disabilities and accomodations and modifications that can be made at home and school to provide the best enviroment for your child’s learning based upon the disability she is trying to manage.

Learning Disabilities will empower parents to take an active role in their child’s education and provide them with the tools to be the best advocates for their child.

I highly recommend Learning Disabilities by Etta K. Brown. Every school should have multiple copies on hand to assist parents with the process.

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4 responses to “Learning Disabilities: Understanding the Problem and Managing the Challenges

  1. In my role as Information Officer for Family Advocacy, I am very interested in the content of this book and whether to purchase it for our Inclusion Collection Library. Can you please tell me if the author is for inclusion in mainstream classes or pro Special Ed classes? Thank you.

    • As the author, I assure you that our question “Is Special Education appropriate even if the child is eligible?” speaks to our preference for full inclusion with an individualized education plan (IEP). Further, we do not feel that special education is appropriate for some children in school settings were they are not likely to receive quality instruction.

      Many children placed in special education fall farther and farther behind their peers, and seldom return to general education. It is my opinion that if the child is not going to achieve at grade level, he may as well be gaining the social experiences and interactions gained in the general education classroom.

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