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Book Review: The ABCs of Learning Disabilities
The book "The ABCs of Learning Disabilities" discusses the implications of the latest knowledge and research findings on learning disabilities in children, adolescents and adults. The work has assumed importance with current emphasis on quality, equity and inclusion in education.

The book, authored by Bernice YL Wong, provides the practical suggestions on learning disability issues related to 'language, memory, social skills, self-regulation, reading, mathematics, and writing'.

Published by Academic Press, the book is helpful to build a sound background to seize the problems and challenges of the learning disabilities and how to surmount them with techniques and curriculum designing along with its process-based and procedure-bound transaction.

The book spread over 266 pages, dwells on both the conceptual issues related to learning disabilities, their theoretical underpinning as well as major research findings and their implication. A chapter on assessment is useful to identify the type of learning disability in an individual to help the interventionists to provide treatment and remediation in the form of individualised education and therapeutic programmes.

Some of the interesting issues related to learning disability management are such as self-regulation of learning disabilities; the whole school approach to social skills intervention; and training in readership. For special educators and trainees; general education teachers; counselors; clinical psychologists; speech pathologists; education therapists and health care professionals, the book is of great significance in the context of education for all.

The book defines precisely with symptoms of various learning disabilities along with both environmental and genetic contributions to reading and writing disabilities.

Rightfully, the book details the milestones of early language development and learning disabilities to intervene early to address the learning difficulties. Understanding the styles of communication of children with learning disabilities and strategies of interaction with stressing phonological intervention and visual support systems have been underscored in the book.

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been discussed in detail and some interventions for early detection and redressal also find a mention. The methods of developing working memory of people with learning disabilities through information processing and constructivist models have been suggested and detailed.

My experience informs that most learning disabilities are neurologically-based processing problems related to basic skills such as reading, writing and math which interfere with higher level cognitive and self-management skills which can affect an individual's life beyond academics such as vocational skills, employment and social skills.

The social dimensions of learning disabilities and social intervention models are another highlight of the book. Social cognitive problems; self-understanding; social competence interventions, math instruction and writing skills have been elaborated so as go of whole person education model. It is an extremely useful book with simple language for all teachers and educators.

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