Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

DIAGNOSING LEARNING DISORDERS: From Science to Practice

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

DIAGNOSING LEARNING DISORDERS: From Science to Practice

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Etiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Learning Disorders

Our understanding of learning disorders (LD) has changed significantly over the years and is ever-evolving. For those seeking the latest scientific progress regarding the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of learning disorders, Diagnosing Learning Disorders: From Science to Practice is a comprehensive resource. The authors posit that the book is written primarily for psychologists who work with youth (e.g., school psychologists, clinical psychologists) but may also be helpful for educators, physicians, researchers, and parents. To assist readers in finding the content most relevant to them, the authors conveniently structured the book into two sections.

The book's first section (Scientific Foundations) focuses on the scientific methods used to investigate learning disorders and on key issues related to the development of LD. The book's second section (Review of Disorders) consists of six chapters dedicated to the following disorders: speech and language disorders, reading disabilities (dyslexia), mathematics disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and intellectual disabilities. The six chapters provide updated, research-based information regarding each disorder's prevalence, etiology, development, impacted brain areas, diagnostic criteria, and treatment. …

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