- Paperback: 297 pages
- Publisher: Educators Pub. Service (May 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0838820697
- ISBN-13: 978-0838820698
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keeping a Head in School: A Student's Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders Paperback – May, 1990
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Top Customer Reviews
In this book Dr. Levine models the strategies he advocates that students learn: Lots of diagrams, webs, illustrations, as well as case studies, fill the pages, helping all readers to better grasp his techniques.
Written with humor and "reader-friendly" language, the handbook explains the complexity of learning disorders in terms all readers can understand. Parents, teachers, counselors, as well as students, will better understand learning and how to maximize their potential after reading this book. The reader will recognize his/her own learning disorders and how to overcome them--whether or not diagnosed as a problem learner. A must read for anyone dealing with this condition.
The book is targeted at adolescents and pre-adolescents. It can also be used effectively by younger and older students, however. Dr. Levine makes information accessible to young people by presenting it in small chunks with frequent headings. His style is conversational, and he uses familiar metaphors to explain physiological concepts. Attention, for example, is described in terms of channel selection and filtration.
Levine heartens his readers -- not only by demonstrating a clear understanding of their difficulties but also by providing hope for the success that everyone needs. While he recognizes that people succeed in different areas -- academics, athletics, and art, to name just a few -- he acknowledges that during the school-age years, lack of success in the academic area can have far-reaching
After explaining how the brain functions normally to help a person focus attention, use language, and employ memory, Levine discusses various problems that might arise in these areas. He then relates performance in reading, spelling, writing, and math to those disorders. Levine even addresses social skills, recognizing that school has a very strong social component.
Levine celebrates the many strengths that people with learning disorders might have. He encourages them to appreciate and bolster their strengths even as they are attempting to understand and bypass their weaknesses.Read more ›
What I have read and learned will be applied for my two daughters and also students.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the book as it has lots of examples and real stories. The author is an excellent clinician and author.Published on April 18, 2014 by MRAM
I'm currently using the book with a group of 5th grade students who have learning problems. So far the students are excited to read and discuss the contents because they themselves... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Valerie Sexton
Have two children late teens with ADHD and learning to help them and this book
came well recommended. Easy to understand