Authors: Rich Weinfeld, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Sue Jeweler, Betty Roffman Shevitz
Product Code: 0760
ISBN: 978-1-61821-076-0
Pages: 270
Availability: In stock.


The second edition of Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties is an updated and comprehensive must-read for parents, teachers, counselors, and other support professionals of bright kids who face learning challenges every day. This practical book discusses who these students are; how to identify them; what needs to be implemented; best practices, programs, and services; and specific actions to ensure student success. Along with tools and tips, each chapter includes Key Points, a new feature that will help focus and facilitate next steps and desired outcomes and follow-up for parents and teachers. The new edition includes a look at current definitions of twice-exceptional students, updated research findings and identification methods, a detailed description of the laws and policies impacting this population, what works and what doesn't work, model schools, Response to Intervention, Understanding by Design, comprehensive assessments, social-emotional principles, and new assistive technology.

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by Lisa Van Gemert
on 3/7/2014
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How to see strengths and weaknesses
Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties was written specifically for parents and teachers working with bright children experiencing difficulties in school including ADHD and learning disabilities, among others.  Throughout the book, one of the major themes is that twice-exceptional students’ educational needs must be considered in the context of both their strengths and weaknesses.  There is also an emphasis on providing for gifted students who may have an unidentified disability due to the student self-accommodating, or may not be identified as gifted as their disability may be masking their giftedness.  The book follows a logical progression from identification, to child needs, to what quality programming may look like for these children, and ends with additional ideas to enhance learning for these students.  Parent and teachers will appreciate the organized structure of the book and the jargon-free discussion.  
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Review by: Lisa Van Gemert, Mensa Foundation - May 1, 2014
While the book contains a strong overview of the challenges often experienced by twice-exceptional students, by far the book’s greatest strength is the volume of problem-solving tips and materials. There is also a short discussion on transitioning to college, and materials are provided to aid students in making this transition, including a college planning sheet and a self-advocacy outline. Each chapter also contains a wealth of resources including templates, charts of useful strategies, and materials to help teachers differentiate in the classroom.
 
Review: Davidson Institute for Talent Development - January 1, 2014
Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential is a well written, informative must-read for any parent, educator or counselor interacting with gifted children that have labeled or suspected learning difficulties. The authors followed through on the purpose of this book. It is a guide in the truest sense; providing engaging hands-on material to help adults identify and assist a deserving group of underserved students.
 
Review by: Kathleen Kuss, Journal for the Education of the Gifted - March 1, 2007
Parents and teachers faced with the challenge of providing appropriate educational services for twice-exceptional students, as well as the students themselves, will find a gold mine of practical advice in this user-friendly guide to identifying learning problems in gifted children and planning instruction to accommodate and overcome these challenges. The authors, each of whom has worked for at least two decades in the field of gifted education, bring together their combined experience of working with bright students with a variety of learning disabilities to produce this easy-to-use guide that is based on research by some of the leading experts in the field.
 
Review: Midwest Book Review - May 1, 2006
Co-authored by Rich Weinfeld , Linda Barnes-Robinson, Sue Jeweler, & Betty Roffman Shevitz (a team of leading experts drawn from America's “cutting-edge” schools), Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles And Realizing Potential is an informed and informative study of teaching strategies appropriate to children with a variety of significant learning disorders . . . Enhanced with a glossary, references and resources, Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties is very strongly recommended for parents and teachers of children with variable learning disorders for its concise and thorough documentation and “reader friendly” text.
 

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