to the U.S. Department of Education, 2.8 million students are
currently receiving special education services for learning
disabilities. A learning disability (LD) is usually defined
as a lifelong disorder which affects the manner in which individuals
with normal or above average intelligence select, retain, and
express information. Incoming or outgoing information may become
scrambled as it travels between the senses and the brain.
searching for more information about this topic, consider using
the terms learning disabled children, learning disabled
teenagers, learning disabled youth" or "learning
disability or disabilities. You can also search by using
the unique term for the specific disability.
OnLine: Disabilities: Learning Disabilities
by a group of parents, this site focuses on health and education
issues. One unique feature allows you to search a particular
topic in all of the top Learning Disability web sites: www.kidsource.com/kssearch/ldsearch.html.
OnLine: The Interactive Guide to Learning Disabilities for Parents,
Teachers, and Children
frequently, this site is a great place to stay current with
the latest news and developments. An online newsletter and a
bulletin board feature encourages communication.
official website of the Learning Disabilities Association offers
extensive information about the detections of disabilities in
early childhood (www.ldanatl.org/factsheets)
and the broad variety of learning disabilities.
Island Toy Lending Center for Children with Disabilities
The Center teaches children through play and counsels parents
on using play to help their child. The Long Island Toy Lending
Center has an extensive library of toys, therapeutic play materials
and books for parents and children to use and borrow.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Center for Learning Disabilities provides leadership
in support of children, teens, and adults with learning disabilities.
The site features information for parents, including warning
signs of learning disabilities.
The National Information Center for Children and Youth With
is the national information and referral center that provides
information on disabilities and disability-related issues with
a special focus on children and youth. Numerous publications
for parents on disabilities can be downloaded. The site may
be viewed in Spanish and the publications are available in Spanish.
at your library may be located in the Adult area, the Childrens
area or in a Parenting Collection, classified under several
different Dewey numbers including the 370's and 649's. Your
library's database collection can provide access to magazine
and newspaper articles. Ask your librarian for help in locating
the materials you need or
visit your library online at www.nassaulibrary.org/list/nasslist.html
Disabilities: A to Z by Corinne Smith and Lisa Strick, 1997.
parents a complete guide to learning disabilities from Preschool
Disabilities Sourcebook. Edited by Linda Shin, 1998.
Gives basic information about dyslexia, visual
and auditory processing, attention deficit disorder and autism.
Reports on research and assessment programs.
Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Teachers by William Feldman,
Offers parents concise, accessible information
on a wide-range of learning disabilities. Lists organizations
involved in learning disorders as well as a complet bibliography.
Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities
and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational
Revolution by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole, 2000.
goal of this book is to help kids, parents, and teachers through
the authors stories and with their study strategies.
Mind At a Time by Melvin Levine, 2002.
A pediatrician urges schools and parents to give developmental
growth the same significance as physical growth and suggest
ways to deal with children whose learning styles are not the
Labeled Children: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know
about Learning Disabilities by Robert J. Sternberg and Elena
Two Yal researchers rail at the labeling of kids as learning
disabled; contains a history of the LD programs and a good bibliography.
About Learning Disabilities by Kay Marie Porterfield, 1999.
Discusses the emotional toil learning disabilities has on
children and how they should be diagnosed and treated.
A World Upside
Down and Backwards: Reading and Learning Disorders by Elizabeth
Russell Connelly, 1999.
Stresses the importance of early intervention
with disabilities such as dyslexia. Excellent bibliographic
Disabilities and Social Skills
Difficult Can This Be? Understanding Learning Disabilities
two videos are part of a series of specials aired on PBS focused
on helping parents to understand their childrens learning