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Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom: How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed Paperback – April 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575422425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575422428
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book is a great resource for schools, providing educators and support staff with information that affects an estimated 30 percent of students in school settings. . . . It is an excellent resource for school psychologists to share with educators (especially new teachers) to help them learn critical information in a short amount of time, improving their understanding of the issues faced by students with learning and mental health needs.” —Jennifer Mangum, Ed.S., NCSP, for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

 



“This solid new resource is a must read for everyone (counselors, teachers, school psychologists and others) interested in helping all students thrive...This book is also an excellent source of information regarding mental health and learning disorders. When used as a quick reference guidebook, one can read about a specific disorder, learn about behaviors and symptoms associated with the disorder and find classroom strategies and interventions to help students with the disorder succeed…An extremely useful tool for any educator to use when working with all students.” —Becky Thomas, Counseling Today, newsletter of the American Counseling Association



"This accessible, ready-to-use guide describes mental health and learning disorders often observed in school children, explains how each might be exhibited in the classroom, and offers suggestions for what to do (and what not to do). Written to and for the regular classroom teacher, this book is a valuable tool for all school personnel, parents, and anyone who works with children." —National Association of Elementary School Principals



“Lots of practical suggestions on how to accommodate and respond to kids with various types of mental health and learning problems. With all these kids in our classrooms now, this resource can be very helpful to teachers who get little training in this area.”—Teacher Magazine



“This ready reference describes mental health and learning disorders and offers expert advice on what to do to meet students' learning and emotional needs.”—School & Community

 



"Examines more than 20 mental-health and learning disorders, describes their symptoms and behaviours, suggests classroom strategies and intervention, and notes the professional treatments available for each." —Professionally Speaking



 “An important resource for every teacher . . . this book will reduce teachers’ anxieties as an increasing number of students with special needs are being mainstreamed. . . . A “bible” for all of us, a handbook that will never collect dust.”—TeacherLeaders.org (by Carol Patterson, NBCT, second grade teacher, coordinator for NBCT Support, Union County, NC Public Schools)



“Overall, this book is a must-have guide for educators. I don’t know how anyone in today’s classroom survives without one.”—Sue Watson, About.com

About the Author

Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D., has been practicing psychology for over 30 years. He evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of problems. Dr. Cooley serves as a consultant to schools and has presented educational programs to educators, mental health professionals, physicians, and parents.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Schietz on January 20, 2008
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This book is written in a very user-friendly format for educators. Over twenty mental health and learning disorders are described in this book including symptoms, behaviors, classroom strategies,and professional treatments. Based on current research and educational trends, this is the perfect book to bring to IEP and Child Study meetings for practical and concise interventions. Teachers and counselors will not only find plenty of ideas on how to motivate their students with learning and mental health disorders but also how to apply effective teaching strategies with all students. As a school counselor who spends a great deal of time meeting with teachers and parents, this book has spent very little time on my bookshelf. A great tool!
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A practicing psychologist for more than 30 years who evaluates and treats children, adolescents and adults for a variety of problems, Myles L. Cooley also draws upon his experience and expertise as a consultant to schools and as a presenter of education al programs to educators, mental health professionals, physicians, and parents in "Teaching Kids With Mental Health & Learning Disorders In The Regular Classroom". This basic and very strongly recommended instruction manual and guidebook is specifically designed to help classroom teachers learn how to recognize, understand and help challenged (and often challenging) students to learn and succeed academically. A compendium of practical and proven strategies educators can use when teaching and supporting students who exhibit mental health problems and learning disorder issues, "Teaching Kids With Mental Health & Learning Disorders In The Regular Classroom" will also alert teachers as to what behavior sand symptoms to look for in troubled students, provide ideas for fostering social development in these children, and how best to motivate all students to learn. Of special note is the discussion of the latest approach to intervention procedures, including Response to Intervention (RTI).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on July 21, 2010
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I'm starting to think maybe the greatest threat to education in the United States is teacher burnout. I don't think it's the children causing "teacher exodus." Yes, it's true more and more classrooms each year are full of needy and challenging students. There are a lot of factors that go into burnout but blaming the children is not one of them. From my own personal experience as a school counselor, there seems to be a lack of strong preparation, training, and resources for educators in the area of mental health and learning disorders. Teaching Kids with Mental Health and Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom is definitely part of the remedy to this problem. When I discovered this resource, I immediately started putting it to good use.

Have you ever been in a student meeting where it feels like the "team" is not really on the same page? The intention to help the student is there, but the meeting gets off course or doesn't take a course. It can sometimes feel like there is a hush hushness about the disorder, confusion about the diagnosis, the "experts" are using different jargon that you don't understand, or there is too much time being spent on formalities like paperwork. It can feel very compartmentalized. I would highly recommend educators use this resource to relieve these problems so you can get to work on helping the student! It's an empowering tool that I absolutely love.

Each mental health and learning disorder is described concretely (about 3 paragraphs), provides behavior and symptoms to look for, and suggests easy classroom strategies and interventions to try. Educators work in busy and demanding jobs so tools that don't waste time are a must. When the words "Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder" get thrown around - people can get lost.
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More About the Author

Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D. is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist who has evaluated and treated thousands of children, adolescents and adults for over 30 years in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is also an author and lectures nationally to educators, mental health professionals, and parents. Dr. Cooley specializes in neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders and other mental health problems of children and adolescents. In his free time, Dr. Cooley enjoys tennis, piano and giving psychology enrichment lectures on cruises.