From the Author
Imagine the benefits of expanding your vocabulary or that of your children or students by over a thousand important words. You will read with more precise comprehension. No longer will you constantly skim over unfamiliar words. The new words learned will jump out of the pages with exact definitions. Words read repeatedly will become part of the active vocabulary -- the vocabulary used in writing and speech.
The most immediate and dramatic benefit will be higher scores on scholastic tests. Build Your Vocabulary Skills! can be a valuable tool in preparing for tests such as the SAT, the GRE, the Miller Analogies, or any test in which vocabulary is a significant factor. And an exciting possibility presents itself: Since verbal skills constitute an important part of standard intelligence tests such as the WAIS and the Stanford-Binet, a major increase in vocabulary such as can be facilitated by this book could be expected to raise IQ scores.
About the Author
His varied experience in the behavioral sciences includes work for the Department of Education of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La, where he served as a member of a team that evaluated primary and secondary school children and made recommendations for placement in special classes for the talented and gifted, or for those with learning disabilities or mental handicaps.
His wife, Gustavia LaCarna, RN, and he have operated their business LaCarna Health Care Consultants, Inc. in Baton Rouge, since l988, primarily working with group homes for the developmentally disabled.
Mr. LaCarna has developed numerous research and demonstration grants in various areas of the behavioral sciences, and has had professional articles published. Through the years, he has also published various fictional and non-fictional pieces in newspapers and magazines. He has been interested in mnemonics throughout his career. As a psychology student at LSU in the l960's, he designed and conducted a study of the effects of a linking technique on retention and found significant positive results. This is basically the technique utilized in Build Your Vocabulary Skills!