School Struggles : A Guide to Your Shut-down Learner's Success

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-16
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In School Struggles, Dr. Richard Selznick (author of the acclaimed The Shut-Down Learner) covers a broad scope of potential problems faced by schoolchildren, offering techniques and insights for success. Dr. Selznick explores reading and writing issues, behavioral problems, social skills, medication, parents' interactions with teachers, difficulties with organization, excessive use of technology, the importance of patience, and more. The practical, down-to-earth tone and helpful, easily applicable tools make this book a godsend for parents who stay awake at night worrying about their child's learning and school experience. Dr. Selznick's understanding that each child is unique has helped many of them navigate over a rough road safely. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Dr. Richard Selznick is a psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, adjunct graduate school professor, and assistant professor of pediatrics. He has helped parents with their children's struggles in school for more than 25 years, and has experience as a classroom teacher and special education instructor as well. As the director of the Cooper Learning Center, Department of Pediatrics, Cooper University Hospital, he oversees a program that assesses and treats a broad range of learning and school-based behavioral problems in children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Struggling on the Reading Roadp. 19
Your Reading Brainp. 21
Dyslexia/Reading Disability and Common Sensep. 23
Old School Concept #1: Stages of Reading Developmentp. 25
Stage 0p. 27
Kindergarten Mom: "Help! My child is shutting down!"p. 29
Stage I: Getting on the Bikep. 30
Stage II: Riding the Bikep. 33
"Mom! There's Lincoln Whatever Field"p. 35
Stage III: Independently Riding the Bikep. 36
Stages IV and V: Sophisticated Readersp. 37
Old School Concept #2: Instructional Levelp. 38
Brief Tip: Get Clear on Your Focus with Reading Remediationp. 41
Listen to the Momsp. 41
All Aboard the Curriculum Shipp. 43
Messages from the Life Boatsp. 45
Was This a Problem that Could Have Been Averted?p. 47
Vision and Learningp. 48
Low-Frequency versus High-Frequency Wordsp. 50
Simple Low-Frequency Word Strategyp. 52
"Daddy's tied up in traffic"p. 54
Hmmm, Let Me Think About It…p. 55
Questioning to Encourage Comprehensionp. 58
BRDD: Boy Reading Deficit Disorderp. 59
Does Your Child Have Curriculum ADHD?p. 61
There Is No Joy in Educationville for Teaching Reading Has Struck Outp. 62
Struggling on the Reading Road: Summary Pointsp. 64
Struggling on the School Road (Adhd and Other Related Issues)p. 67
Step Right Up, Folks!p. 70
The Blind Men and the Elephant (Dissecting Childhood)p. 72
Two Roadsp. 74
Doing the ADHD Dancep. 75
Clogged Fuel Linesp. 77
Age-Adjustment Strategyp. 80
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) = BDD (Boredom Deficit Disorder)p. 81
ADHD Kryptonite: Lunchroom and Playgroundp. 83
Playing the Odds: Which Horse Would You Bet?p. 84
Common Sense arid Reasonable 504 Plansp. 86
Killing the Rainforest One IEP at a Timep. 89
Winning the Battle but Losing the Warp. 90
Should a Child Be on Medication While Being Evaluated? Going Columbop. 93
The Zone of No Zonep. 94
Inside the Head of a Boy with a Learning Disability!p. 96
Go to a Carpenter, You Get a Nailp. 97
The House Looks Fine: What's the Problem?p. 99
Help! I'm Being Held Hostage to My IQp. 101
Inclusion: Support in the Deep End of the Poolp. 102
Old School Concept #3: Task Analysisp. 104
Howard Beale-Where Are You?p. 106
How Do We Fix It?p. 107
In the Neck Ache Businessp. 108
Got the Cure for the Summertime Blues?p. 110
Screeching on the Violinp. 111
Open-Ended Writing: A Heavy Load for Many Kidsp. 112
Opposite Approach to Open-Ended Writingp. 115
An Old-Fashioned Child Advocatep. 117
Struggling on the School Road (ADHD and Related Issues): Summary Pointsp. 120
Struggling on the Organizational Roadp. 123
Executive Function Deficits: Floppy Ruddersp. 125
We Keep Telling Him, "You've got to be organized. You've got to be organized!"p. 127
Go Up To Your Room and Do Your Work: The Perilsp. 129
The School Keeps Saying "Stay out-they have to do it on their own"p. 131
Homework: The Great Battlegroundp. 132
Sluggish Cognitive Tempop. 134
Weighing the Painp. 136
Anger: "You can't make me"p. 138
Pain Avoiders in Collegep. 140
Putting Fuel in the Shut-Down Learner Tankp. 142
Study Skills Coach: Readiness Is Everythingp. 143
Organizing the Disorganized-Skill of the Monthp. 145
Master Notebook: Keeping the Disorganized on the Straight and Narrowp. 146
A Compound-Interest Mentalityp. 148
Parental Grade Monitoring on the Internetp. 150
Struggling on the Organizational Road: Summary Pointsp. 151
Struggling on the Social Skills Roadp. 155
"I don't want Greg at my birthday party"p. 158
No One to Play Withp. 159
Sharks and Minnowsp. 161
Sharks and Minnows (Continued)p. 163
School Bus Blues #1: Riding Shotgunp. 164
School Bus Blues #2: "Get out of bed, Pop"p. 166
Shyness-Perhapsp. 168
Pokemon and Dolly Madisonp. 170
Avery: A Water Torture Personality Typep. 172
Alex-A Socially Reticent Childp. 174
How Can Parents Support the "Alexes" of the World?p. 175
Socializing in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 178
Those Little Interactionsp. 180
Little Remorse and Not Much Compassionp. 182
Life According to Martinp. 183
Social Skills-The Last Wordp. 185
Struggling on the Social Road: Summary Pointsp. 186
Struggling on the Parenting Roadp. 189
My Head Is About to Explode!p. 191
Gumby Parentingp. 193
Are You a Curling Parent?p. 194
The 10 Percent Solution: Is Your POID Set Too High?p. 195
Hedonistic Pirates: Modern Indulgencesp. 197
How Do You Measure, Measure a Yearp. 198
Oppositional Children: Rigid, Inflexible and Difficultp. 200
Parents! You're off the Hook (Sort Of)p. 202
"Thanks for yelling, Mom! I see the light!"p. 204
New School Years Resolution: Stay Calm and End the Shenanigansp. 206
What Are the Triggers?p. 207
Dealing with the Triggersp. 209
Cool Anger: Put Yourself in Timeoutp. 211
What Are the Odds?p. 213
Struggling on the Parenting Road: Summary Pointsp. 214
Final Words: Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Woodp. 217
Appendixp. 220
About the Authorp. 223
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