The Encyclopedia of Learning Disabilities (Facts on File Library of Health and Living)-

  • Title: The Encyclopedia of Learning Disabilities (Facts on File Library of Health and Living)
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  • Released: 2006-04-30
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  • Pages: 304
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  • ASIN: B007928MO8


From Dr. Sam Kirk coined the term learning disabilities in 1963. One in five children in the U.S. struggles with a learning disability, defined by law as "a severe discrepancy between potential and achievement." This book does a nice job of pulling together the terms and concepts related to a growing area of concern for parents and educators--what is a learning disability and what is not?

More than 600 alphabetically arranged entries cover conditions, means of identification, treatments, legal issues, and individuals who have made a contribution to research in the field. Examples include Acalculia (also known as anarithmia), the inability to do simple mathematics; Angelman syndrome, a childhood disorder characterized by hyperactivity; Cylert (pemoline), a drug sometimes used to treat ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder); and Zone of proximal development (ZPD), the gap between the level of a student's independent function and how he or she may perform learning tasks with help. Entries are complete and informative, and the language is easy to understand. Appendixes include a list of national organizations that deal with various learning disorders along with descriptions, contact information, and Web sites; sources of government information and assistance; assistive technology resources; hot lines; commercial technology resources; bulletin boards and discussion groups; and books of interest to people with learning disabilities. There are also a short glossary of terms and an up-to-date bibliography.

Overall, coverage is excellent, and there seems to be little else available that is as current, complete, and easy to use. Recommended for public and academic libraries. RBB
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