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The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities Paperback – July 21, 1998
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For me, as the parent of one child with ADHD, and another with an unidentified learning disorder, that has definitely been the case.
While his book covers many different types of learning disorders, Dr. Silver devotes many sections to ADHD, which was why I was originally so interested in reading it. Also, considering that many children with ADHD have additional learning disorders, the detailed descriptions of the various disorders are helpful and enlightening. It also helps you realize how difficult it can be for a child who cannot learn and experience things in the manner most often used in our classrooms.
This book outlines your role as a parent to be your child's advocate. Dr. Silver stresses that you must actively work with the schools while you INSIST on these rights. He includes an entire chapter that covers your child's legal rights. He walks you through the process of requesting an evaluation, through all the items that should be included in an IEP. In Chapter 11, he provides insight into what those cryptic numbers mean that you will see in the reports and evaluations that are done on your child. He provides detailed information so that you can question the conclusions reached, when you don't agree. Dr. Silver has also included Behavioral Management programs with examples of how to use it in your daily life as part of the ADHD treatment plan. As many of us already recognize, medication is certainly not enough.
But as much time as he spends presenting the problems and challenges of learning disorders, the tone of his book is expressed here: "You must learn as much as you can about the whole pattern that your child displays - the disabilities, of course, but also the abilities. What your child can do well, is just as important as what she or he cannot do because it is these strengths upon which you must build."
On Page 193 of the third edition, he says that "scores between 85 and 110 are considered to be within the average range." Actually, for reporting purposes, 90-109 are considered Average. 80-89 is Low Average, and 110-119 is High Average. Then there are other classifications for scores below or above these levels.
Another way of looking at "Average" is to broaden the range to one standard deviation below and one standard deviation above 100. This is 15 points each way. The Average range would be 85-115.
So "Average" would be either 90-109, or 85-115; not 85-110.
Also, the WISC is now in its 4th edition as of summer 2003. There are no longer Verbal IQ, Performance IQ and Full Scale IQ. Instead, there are four "indices" (plural of "index"): Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory, Processing Speed. Plus the Full Scale IQ, which is roughly an averaging of the four indices. Hopefully this change will be addressed in the fourth edition of Dr. Silver's book.