From Publishers Weekly
This husband-and-wife team (both doctors run the Eide Neurolearning Clinic in Edmonds, Wash.) offer this informative but clinical aid to labeling and dealing with various "brain-based learning challenges." Each of the 11 chapters focuses on "a single type of learning system and the challenges that affect it"—"Overlooking the Obvious: Visual Problems in Children"; "Getting It All Together: Attention Problems in Children"; "Making the Right Connections: Autism and Autism-like Disorders." After discussing the brain processes that underlie each learning system, the Eides offer steps that can be taken to help children whose processes fall into each category. In-depth case histories might have put a human face on a book that is supposed to be aimed at parents and teachers as well as educated child-care professionals, but as it stands, the college –textbook–like tone renders it most suitable as a solid reference tool. (Aug.)
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Because of the propensity of schools and society to label children, the Eides, physicians who specialize in treating children with learning challenges, want to ensure the accuracy of those labels. In their practice, they have seen children with misdiagnosed, undiagnosed, and untreated disabilities who are called lazy or underachievers. But the Eides emphasize that even the correct label does not define a child. The Eides show readers how to determine children's learning strengths and weaknesses and how to make the most of their potential. They focus on assessing children's learning systems, using that information to complete a learning profile, and using the profile to design a program of education, therapy, and play. The Eides offer physiological research on brain development, and how learning disabilities tie into behavior difficulties. The Eides get a bit academic at points, but they intersperse case studies that keep the material accessible as they examine a range of learning disabilities from ADHD to dyslexia and dysgraphia. A valuable resource for parents and educators. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved