Synopses & Reviews
Since the publication of the first edition, there have been major developments in our understanding of how the human brain develops and functions. New technologies, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, have emerged to investigate cerebral processes. Researchers in genetics have found new links to physical, psychological, and learning disorders. The discovery of mirror neurons may explain why certain learning problems arise and yield clues as to how they can be treated. All of the chapters in this second edition have undergone major revisions to include these developments and the findings of new studies. In addition, the author has:
· Expanded and updated the chapters on attention disorders and autism spectrum disorders, illustrating the increased interest in these conditions
· Revised the chapters on reading disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders to reflect new research discoveries and treatments
· Recast the final chapter to include a practical framework for identifying, accommodating, and motivating students with learning difficulties
· Included references to more than 230 new scientific studies for those who wish to read the original research
· Eliminated the chapter on sleep disorders because they do not identify a special learning need
Researchers and clinicians have made considerable progress in recent years understanding the genetic and environmental triggers that result in learning problems in children and adolescents. Nonetheless, arriving at a specific diagnosis can be tricky. Teachers and parents often cannot tell the difference between a normally rambunctious child and one who may have a developmental disorder. The information here will provide educators and parents with some of the strategies they need to help their students and children lead happy and successful lives.
Presents a highly readable overview of a variety of special needs accompanied by practical information about how to address those needs. Makes the relationship between the special need and the brain clear and understandable for the lay reader.-Lois A. Fisch, Director of Education, Utica College
Praise for the First EditionThe book's greatest strength may be its logical explanation of why today's students develop and learn differently. A functionally unchanging educational system is no longer appropriate in meeting learner needs.-CHOICE, 2002
Leverage brain research to develop successful strategies for students with special needs
Since the first edition of David A. Sousa's bestseller on a brain-based approach for special education, scientists have made remarkable progress in understanding how the human brain functions. Now, How the Special Needs Brain Learns, Second Edition, helps you turn the latest developments in neuroscience into practical classroom activities for students with common learning challenges.
In this completely revised second edition, Sousa builds on the latest data by examining both simple and complex learning strategies that can be adapted for students with learning disabilities such as ADHD/ADD; speech, reading, writing, and math disabilities; emotional and behavioral disorders; autism; and Asperger's syndrome.
Emphasizing lifelong independent learning, increased retention, and cognitive flexibility, this revision offers educators targeted assistance with: Responsiveness to Intervention (RTI) for evaluating students at riskExpanded chapters on attention and autism spectrum disordersRevised material on reading, emotional, and behavioraldisorders A new final chapter featuring a practical framework for identifying, accommodating, and motivating special needs studentsReferences to more than 230 new scientific studies
Offering real strategies for real classrooms, Sousa's latest work is an indispensable tool for all educators, school administrators, and preservice educators, as well as parents who want to better understand the way their children process and retain information.See Facilitator's Guide to How the Special Needs Brain Learns, Second Edition
This second edition helps you turn the latest special needs brain research into practical classroom activities for students and features a practical framework for identifying and motivating students with special needs.