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The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success [Hardcover]

by Brock Eide, Fernette Eide
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July 26, 2006 1401302254 978-1401302252 1
An incredibly reassuring approach by two physicians who specialize in helping children overcome their difficulties in learning and succeeding in school

For parents, teachers, and other professionals seeking practical guidance about ways to help children with learning problems, this book provides a comprehensive look at learning differences ranging from dyslexia to dysgraphia, to attention problems, to giftedness. In The Mislabeled Child, the authors describe how a proper understanding of a child's unique brain-based strengths can be used to overcome many different obstacles to learning. They show how children are often mislabeled with diagnoses that are too broad (ADHD, for instance) or are simply inaccurate. They also explain why medications are often not the best ways to help children who are struggling to learn. The authors guide readers through the morass of commonly used labels and treatments, offering specific suggestions that can be used to help children at school and at home. This book offers extremely empowering information for parents and professionals alike.

The Mislabeled Child examines a full spectrum of learning disorders, from dyslexia to giftedness, clarifying the diagnoses and providing resources to help. The Eides explain how a learning disability encompasses more than a behavioral problem; it is also a brain dysfunction that should be treated differently.

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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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From Booklist

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 Bush
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (July 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401302254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401302252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

We're physicians and authors of The Dyslexic Advantage (2011) and The Mislabeled Child (2007). We have an international referral practice in the Greater Seattle area seeing children, teens, and young adults with learning differences. We have a special interested in Dyslexia, Giftedness, and Creativity, and how education can change for the better.

http://dyslexicadvantage.com
http://neurolearning.com
http://facebook.com/dyslexicadvantage

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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After many years trying to figure out our son, many thousands of dollars in testing and evaluations, and countless frustrations finding professionals who had an accurate integrated knowledge of the learning challenges facing our highly gifted child, there is finally a book that not only ties together the numerous domains of abilities and disabilities that describes our son, but also gives explicit examples of things we can do to help him thrive academically, social, and emotionally. For parents without the financial resources for comprehensive testing, or if lacking local testing facilities, this book also gives specific behaviors and adaptations to look for in children struggling with specific learning challenges, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, memory weaknesses, visual and auditory problems, attention challenges, and sensory processing disorders. It also gives specific evaluations that can be done at home by parents.

The Eide team (Drs. Brock and Fernette) are, in my mind, among the nations' most knowledgeable in the combined areas of neuroscience, learning disabilities, and giftedness. Together, they run the Eide Neurolearning Clinic outside Seattle, publish and present at conferences around the country and this year presented at the President's Council on Bioethics on The Fundamental Needs of Children. The transcript is worth reading and there's a link from their website. They are also board members of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted).
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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The Mislabeled Child is a revolutionary book that looks beneath the labels children receive, and addresses the real underlying issues. Essential reading for parents, teachers, and health care professionals alike, this highly readable text provides specific, practical approaches to recognizing and capitalizing on children's strengths in order to help them flourish. From sensory processing difficulties to dyslexia, from language problems to poor handwriting skills, the Eides provide useful insights and marvelous advice.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with a novel approach. December 7, 2006
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The Eides take a new and refreshing approach to many of the concerns and challenges that impact our children's ability to learn. Informative and well-documented, this book is appropriate for anyone involved with children, including parents, teachers, therapists, and physicians. It is packed with important information backed by the latest research. Yet it is presented in a very readable fashion. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out more about the many and varied ways that children learn, including those with ADD, autism, sensory processing dysfunction, dyslexia, and those who are gifted.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must read! August 16, 2006
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In today's world of ADHD escapism, learning disability over-diagnosis and medication-happy classroom environments, The Mislabeled Child is a much needed and called for resource for frazzled and frustrated parents.

I know all too well the pressure a parent of a "special" child feels and how one label can affect the child's entire school career. The Mislabeled Child shows parents how their child's disability is not a hindrance, rather, a different ability.

Doctors Brock and Fernette Eide guide parents through obtaining an accurate diagnosis of their child's learning and behavioral issues. They then show us how to positively harness our child's different ability and direct it onto a path that will turn it into the strength it really is.

Three cheers for the Eides. Thank you for making a common problem common knowledge. Thank you for providing a voice of assurance and empowerment. Thank you for arming parents with the information they truly need to help see their children through to success.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is important work August 6, 2006
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On the back cover is a quote from Paul Beljan,president , American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology where he states : "This is the kind of book that parent's will want to keep out and refer to again and again. This book provides a comprehensive, commonsense and scientifically insightful overview of the causes and behaviors associated with a number of learning problems."

The Drs. Eide have demystified many learning differences and their impact on the whole child. Their desire for each child to succeed is clearly evident throughout the book. They share with the reader compensatory strategies, types of remediation, interventions and needed accommodations. "The authors describe how understanding a child's unique strengths can be used to overcome obstacles to learning."

In addition they also show how some LD's actually mimic each other. For example: CAPD (Central auditory processing disorder) is often mislabeled as ADD/ADHD. Or how you can read and write yet still be dyslexic.

Thomas G. West, author of "In the Mind's Eye" and "Thinking Like Einstein" said it best: " In "The Mislabeled Child", the Eides help us to differentiate more clearly between various traits and labels, always looking deeply into the diverse nature of each individual. This is important work. Some of our brightest and most creative minds hang in the balance."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Very helpful book on working with all kinds of special needs. I've shared it other teachers of regular and special needs classes.
Published 3 months ago by Karen S. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful
This book is really great at dividing up what to look for and how to help. They have broke up common mis conceptions and bring to life real life soulutions
Published 4 months ago by Onita02
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book
All the conditions/' deficits', & interventions are very clearly explained.
A very compassionately written book : that family members, ' educators' have to look at the CHILD... Read more
Published 4 months ago by N.Ramanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend for every resident physician in paediatrics, family...
The wisdom this book brings is phenomenal.

Do not forget to read also "The Dyslexic Advantage" by the same authors.
Published 4 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful to Parents and Educators
Excellent read! I will use this book as a parent and as an educator. It is a very well written resource.
Published 5 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for teachers and parents
This book is an amazing too for special education teachers, general education teachers, parents and really anyone working with school aged children. Read more
Published 5 months ago by NV
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information and real ideas you can use with your children
gives real training and practices you can use for people of any age. I especially like the easy to understand explanations of different learning disabilities.
Published 9 months ago by Deborah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
The authors did a great job of covering every disability, and explaining why some disabilities might be mistaken for others. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Athalia Stoneback
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is in great shape and is a great book!
I would recommend the seller as the book came flawless! We loved the book and what the author had to say and found it helpful in coping with a situation. Read more
Published 21 months ago by jnine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, answers you knew were out there but that you couldn't quite...
This book is a godsend. It is packed with information and may be quite a bit to digest, but worth the effort. Hooray for the Eides, and thank you.
Highly highly recommend.
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