A Clinician's Guide to Learning Disabilities

ISBN : 9780195383997

Carleen Franz; Julia Shaftel
304 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
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Many children with learning disabilities have mental health needs that bring them into contact with clinicians who work outside of school settings. When external clinicians are not trained in school-based special education procedures, however, treatment goals and recommendations are often inconsistent, creating confusion for both clinicians and parents. A Clinician's Guide to Learning Disabilities seeks to remedy this disconnect and demystify the process of assessing and diagnosing learning disorders. This book provides succinct description of various types of learning disorders that affect educational achievement-illustrated with numerous case studies and supplemented with clear descriptions of educational assessment best practices and psychoeducational test score reporting-and contains key information to help clinicians identify learning these disorders in students of all ages. Current practices for major diagnostic and legal references, such as the DSM-5RG and IDEA, are compared, contrasted, and clarified. A chapter on the legal background of learning disabilities provides guidance on supports for students with learning disabilities in all settings. Chapters on preschool assessment and the transition to post-high school college and career expand the scope of the book beyond the school years. Discussion of referral and collaboration will inform clinicians who seek deeper educational knowledge about their clients to better guide students and their families. Through its thorough presentation of learning disabilities and the psychoeducational evaluation process, A Clinician's Guide to Learning Disabilities will serve as an essential resource for mental health clinicians working with children and adolescents.


1. Introduction; 2. What are Learning Disabilities?; 3. Understanding the Legal Framework; 4. Reading Disorders; 5. Disorders of Written Expression; 6. Mathematics Disorders; 7. Nonverbal Learning Disorders; 8. The Psychoeducational Evaluation; 9. Intellectual Assessment; 10. Academic Assessment; 11. Interpretation of Assessment Results; 12. Preschool Assessment; 13. Transition from School to College and Career; 14. Collaboration and Referral; Appendix A. Psychoeducational Evaluation Report Template; Appendix B. Child and Adolescent Diagnostic Evaluation Template; Appendix C. Resources

About the author: 

Carleen Franz, Ph.D. Educational Psychologist in Private Practice Lawrence, Kansas; Lee Ascherman, M.D., MPH Vice Chair for Education and Training, University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology Director, UAB Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Chief of Service, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Hospital of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama; Julia Shaftel, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist in Independent Practice Lawrence, Kansas

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