This concise and practical guide thoroughly presents the characteristics of children with specific mild exceptionalities in today's diverse classroom. Using an active, problem-solving approach that reflects how today's students learn, Dr. Sydney S. Zentall identifies the characteristics of children with mild exceptionalities that can be gleaned from observations, written descriptions, and personal interactions. Unlike many texts on this topic, which overwhelm students with extraneous information, The text focuses on the characteristics of these students within general education and special class settings. With this knowledge readers will better understand the implications of characteristics for accommodations and be ready to apply this knowledge with empirically based interventions.

Verbal and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
Verbal and nonverbal learning disabilities

LD is often described as an “invisible disability,” since the children do not look disabled and typically respond normally. Within the context of such apparent normality and in otherwise smart children, it is the unexpectedness of their learning problems that makes them appear unwilling rather than less able. LD presents a fractured picture of abilities and disabilities that cannot be explained by lack of vision or hearing, low intelligence, or emotional disturbance, because these causes are disqualified through exclusionary clauses in the definition (also called “rule-outs”).

LD is presented early in this text because LD represents the majority of children with disabilities, with 80% of these students experiencing language, reading, and/ or spelling disabilities, and another ...

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