Packed full of advice and practical strategies for parents and educators, this book is a one-stop-shop for supporting children with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).
Part one introduces a spectrum of SpLDs, ranging from poor working memory, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, through to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Specific Language Impairment and Visual Processing Difficulty. It explains clearly what each difficulty is, how it can affect a child's learning and how to help a child to succeed despite their difficulties. Part two 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 motivation, confidence and managing life's setbacks.
Written by an experienced Educational Psychologist, this is the perfect guide 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.
Veronica Bidwell is an Educational Psychologist with expert knowledge of Specific Learning Difficulties. She has been involved in education for over 30 years working in mainstream and special schools. She has run a leading independent Educational Psychology Service and has assessed many hundreds of pupils and provided advice and support to pupils, parents and teachers. She is a regular speaker and has lead numerous workshops and training sessions. 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
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.