Coping with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and ADHD: A Global Perspective uniquely incorporates dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD into one volume, offering practical advice on how to manage each of these disorders. McBride combines a solid research base with interviews with specialists in learning disabilities, as well as parents, teachers, and students with personal knowledge of each difficulty from six continents.
The innovative cross-cultural focus of the book is emphasized in the introduction, which is followed by one chapter each on the basics of each of these learning difficulties and another three chapters on their remediation. The book goes on to cover topics such as comorbidities across learning or other difficulties, learning of multiple languages, facilitating self-esteem, and enhancing reading comprehension and writing composition in the face of dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. Appendices with short, practical tips on learning, multi-media resources, and ways to test and train cognitive-linguistic skills are included as an additional resource.
Coping with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and ADHD: A Global Perspective is intended for practitioners, teachers, parents, and those with any or all of these learning difficulties. University or postgraduate students who wish to understand more about dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or ADHD will also benefit from the clear analysis. With this book, the reader will not only come to understand the fundamental nature of these learning difficulties, but will also get to know the people whose lives are so deeply affected by them.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Understanding learning disabilities around the world
Chapter 2: Understanding Dyslexia
Chapter 3: What is dysgraphia?
Chapter 4: Basics of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Chapter 5: Comorbidity: having more than one learning or mental health difficulty
Chapter 6: What is the impact of having to learn multiple languages or orthographies on literacy learning?
Chapter 7: Best practices in remediating dyslexia around the world
Chapter 8: Suggestions on how to help those with dysgraphia difficulties
Chapter 9: Helping children with ADHD
Chapter 10: Reading and writing to learn: suggestions for helping children with reading comprehension and writing composition
Chapter 11: Self-esteem and learning disabilities
Chapter 12: Where do you go from here?
Catherine McBride is Professor of Developmental Psychology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has served as President of both the international Society for the Scientific Study of Reading and the Association for Reading and Writing in Asia. She is an expert on reading development and impairment across languages, scripts, and cultures.
"McBride embarks on a sensitive and compelling journey of learning... Through stories and research that is multicultural, Cammie makes the book rich and powerful in its narrative and global in its appeal and relevance. She discusses the importance and value of careful assessment and subsequent remediation, be it dyslexia, dysgraphia or ADHD, using sound research evidence, thus making this book an invaluable resource at home, in school, and in the research laboratory."
- Nandini Chatterjee Singh, Professor, National Brain Research Centre
"The author is one of the most well informed experts in the areas covered in this book.
Widening the perspective to take into account non-English speaking environments especially when illustrating language-related developmental problems is highly welcome and is made in this book in a laudable way… A most important benefit to readers is the provision of helpful advice which can be applied in real-life situations in helping children."
- Heikki Lyytinen, UNESCO Chairholder/professor on Inclusive Literacy Learning for All (2015-19)
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
"Finally, someone has written a book that is readable for parents, teachers, and the public, that honestly addresses dyslexia (and dysgraphia and ADHD) comprehensively, including differences and commonalities across cultures, languages, and scripts! McBride brings together research, her own wealth of experience in many countries and cultures, and the voices of those who work with or live with dyslexia on a daily basis, to provide information about these conditions and helpful suggestions and resources. This is a book that should sit not only on academic shelves but also on teachers’ and principals’ desks and family coffee tables!"
- Peggy McCardle, Ph.D., MPH, PM Consulting, LLC & Haskins Laboratories
"This is a truly amazing book! McBride uses her in-depth knowledge as a reading researcher who has lived in two cultures with very different writing systems to bring together knowledge about dyslexia as a global difficulty and what can be done about it. Students, parents, and teachers who want to learn about dyslexia across cultures should read this book to find out from McBride and her interviewees not only what causes it but what it feels like and ‘what helps’."
- Professor Maggie Snowling CBE, President of St. John’s College, Oxford
"This new book lays out the current research into learning difficulties, dispels common myths, and addresses debates around multiple language learning. Uniquely, it also dedicates around half of its pages to an abundance of practical advice, resources, and exercises for use with children struggling from learning difficulties... In the sometimes strange and contradictory world of learning disabilities, McBride systematically works to resolve the paradox of using the categories and concepts imposed by psychology to help uniquely different children, in different environments, each with their special relationships to the languages they must learn."
- Catherine Lucas, The Lancet: Child & Adolescent Health
"Dr. McBride has produced an excellent book for both families, teachers, and researchers alike. Her book covers three learning disabilities: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and ADHD. This choice allows the reader to get a feel for neighboring learning disabilities, which may be encountered as comorbidities within a single child.
It is very readible, and properly researched. It avoids excessive scientific terminology, and is richly illustrated with anecdotes and perspectives from interviews from all over the world -- clearly attesting the thorough research underlaying this book."
- Hans J.A. Dekkers, DYNAREAD
"Overall the book leaves you feeling that all things are possible in learning, whatever the diﬃculty, provided the opportunity is there to manage the learning process."
- Patricia Fletcher MDG, Dyslexia Review
"Coping is an important book in the neurodiversity community. It leaves readers with a more educated perspective, and more importantly, an assertive perspective. We must draw from all of the information globally to deal with these issues and help individuals with ADHD, dyslexia and/or dysgraphia fulfill their actual potential."
- Roberto Olivardia, International Dyslexia Association