Managing Attention and Learning Disorders in Late Adolescence and Adulthood

Managing Attention and Learning Disorders in Late Adolescence and Adulthood

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Until recently, scant consideration was given to the impact of learning and attention disorders throughout the lifespan. Fortunately, the rising tide of popular concern, coupled with recent federal regulations regarding disabled adults, has fueled new research into these areas. As a consequence, there is now little doubt that LD and ADHD often persist throughout a person's life and can pose serious personal, social, vocational, and emotional impediments. It is also clear that many of the concepts and strategies used in assessing and treating children with these problems do not apply to adults. Written by one of North America's leading authorities in the field of attention and learning disorders, this book provides researchers and practitioners with the first comprehensive review of the impact of attention and learning disorders on adults. Just as important, it arms them with practical guidelines for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of these disorders. In Part I, Dr. Goldstein explores the relationship between LD, ADHD, and various psychiatric disorders and traces their course and outcome in late adolescence. He compares and contrasts leading theories and conceptual models of LD and ADHD and reviews the research concerning the academic, vocational, personal, and psychiatric status of adults with histories of LD and ADHD. He then introduces a multidisciplinary model for evaluating the academic, psychological, neuropsychological, and emotional status of adults with histories of learning disabilities. In Part II, Dr. Goldstein and other well-known authors critically assess current treatment and support strategies. Among topics covered in-depth are medical and nonmedical interventions, the latest drug therapies, contemporary vocational programs for individuals with histories of attention and learning disorders, college programs and services available to attention and learning disabled adults, and the legal rights of attention and learning disabled adults. Managing Attention and Learning Disorders in Late Adolescence and Adulthood is a valuable resource for clinical psychologists, counselors, social workers, and all other mental health professionals. Praise for other works by Sam Goldstein . . .Understanding and Managing Children's Classroom Behavior: A Biopsychological Approach q. . . it will make a contribution to the fields of education and mental health and to our understanding of children with special needs.q --Robert Brooks, PhD, Director Department of Psychology, McClean Hospital Managing Attention Disorders in Children: A Guide for Practitioners q. . . a well-written, extremely readable addition to the literature on ADHD.q --Journal of Clinical Psychology Hyperactivity: Why Won't My Child Pay Attention?: A Complete Guide to ADD for Parents, Teachers, and Community Agencies qAn excellent resource for parents who want to know about the basics of ADD . . . practical information presented in a straightforward manner.q --Harvey Parker, PhD Executive Director and Cofounder, CHADD qI was impressed with the very optimistic tone of the book, which reframed ADHD as 'risk-taking' . . . As a clinician intimately involved in the day-to-day treatment of ADHD children and their families, I know how helpful it will be to so many people involved with ADHD children . . .q --Barbara Ingersoll, PhD Clinical Director, Montgomery Child and Family Health ServicesSome researchers have suggested that children with ADHD are intellectually less competent than their same-age peers ... to perform and to use onea#39;s intelligence effectively; it may directly affect intellectual development only to a minor degree.

Title:Managing Attention and Learning Disorders in Late Adolescence and Adulthood
Author:Sam Goldstein
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 1997


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