Children's Learning Difficulties: A Cognitive Approach
January 1993, Wiley-Blackwell
A central theme of the book is the role that cognitive factors play in learning difficulties. What impedes a child's progress in acquiring new knowledge? Why are children with learning difficulties impoverished in their use of strategies? How do children with learning difficulties differ from children developing without such problems? The authors argue that in order both to assess a child's problems and to design successful intervention programs it is essential to have an understanding of the demands placed on a child's cognitive system and the abilities of that system to deal with these demands They go on to describe the skills and strategies children need in order to read, spell, talk and use arithmetic; they show how to assess what missing skills and techniques lie behind learning difficulties, and discuss techniques which can be used to correct and compensate for these problems. Throughout the authors aim to give practitioners a way, based in theory, of evaluating and tackling the problems facing any given child.
2. Assessing Learning Difficulties.
3. Specific Difficulties with Language.
4. Specific Difficulties with Reading.
5. Specific Difficulties with Number.
6. Mild, Moderate and Severe Learning Difficulties.
Principles of Intervention.
Index of Authors.
Index of Subjects.
John McShane was previously Reader in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He died tragically two weeks after having completed checking the proofs of this book.
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