DIAGNOSING LEARNING DISORDERS, SECOND EDITION: A Neuropsychological Framework

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DIAGNOSING LEARNING DISORDERS, SECOND EDITION: A Neuropsychological Framework


Lowell, Susan C., Perspectives on Language and Literacy


DIAGNOSING LEARNING DISORDERS, SECOND EDITION A Neuropsychological Framework Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D., 2009 The Guilford Press. Hardcover. 355 pages. $40.00.

Attendees of the International Dyslexia Association conferences know that presentations by Dr. Bruce Pennington are a treat - full of cutting-edge research and insightful, practical information. His latest book continues in this tradition. The second edition of Diagnosing Learning Disorders is a must-have book for the clinician, psychologist, neuropsychologist, pediatrician, and special education teacher interested in how students learn and understanding and treating the wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect children's learning and behavior. An overview of the development, progression, and diagnosis of learning disabilities together with intervention information is offered in a user-friendly format. Dr. Pennington presents a multiple-cognitive-deficit model of learning disorders, unlike previous theories of single-deficit models. Case studies are provided to illustrate and clarify concepts presented. Learning disorders covered in this volume include dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, speech and language disorders, intellectual disability, mathematics disorder, developmental coordination disorder, and other less well-validated disorders.

Of particular importance is the section entitled "Implications for Practice and Policy," where the author "considers what needs to be done to translate the emerging science of learning disorders into practice." Dr. Pennington provides a lengthy and informative discussion of the way in which treatments are validated and makes the case for the importance of evidencebased practice to guide the treatment of learning disorders. …

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