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The Mislabeled Child: Looking Beyond Behavior to Find the True Sources and Solutions for Children's Learning Challenges Paperback – August 7, 2007
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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 Bush
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Who should read this? If you suspect your child has learning difficulties of any kind, even if they are very smart kids! (for these are typically very difficult to identify, as their strengths cover up their weaknesses but don't eliminate the frustration). Also, if you just want to learn about how memory works and how to develop strategies for studying in a more effective way. In general, any teacher would benefit from reading this book.
I read this book at the same time as I was having my child tested for learning difficulties and for giftedness. Eventually she was confirmed for both gifted and dyslexic, which is always difficult to spot. Having this book helped me better understand that every dyslexic child is different. The book not only provides a guide to help identify, which helps assess whom to seek for help evaluating your child, but also guidance on the strategies to compensate the problem. In essence, a solution. As a worried parent, it gave me confidence that now that we understand the problem, we can find a solution and help our child learn happily.
More generally, the book gives an outstanding explanation of how memory work, and therefore techniques to "learn". I will definitely leverage this new found knowledge to teach my child studying strategies from the beginning.
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).
Collectively, the Eide team is a powerhouse of insight and inspiration, not just because of their outstanding credentials and experience working with hundreds of children in their clinic, but perhaps most importantly, because of their obvious deep love for children, and desire to see each and every one of them live a happy and fulfilled life. While their book is brimming with great information and resources, it's their hearts that bind it together to create an enjoyable, and entirely approachable resource for parents and grandparents, educators, and any professionals who work with children.
If you're looking for the "ultimate resource" to help your child, or maybe someone else's child, this might be as good as it gets.
A very compassionately written book : that family members, ' educators' have to look at the CHILD & not just the diagnosis.
That most of the children with any type of special needs ALSO is sensitive and AWARE of his problems but just unable to communicate it and is or gets frustrated by it too , is well brought out.
Anyone interested in teaching, support staff in schools, school administrators - especially the Special Ed teachers HAVE to read this book.
It would be GREAT if it is ' required reading ' for Pediatricians / Family Practitioners also!