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This book is based on the author's clinical experience as director of a program in the paediatrics department of a large teaching hospital that assesses and treats a broad range of learning problems. He has consulted with thousands of families, explaining complex data in straightforward terms understandable to the parents. He coined the term shut-down learner to describe children who thrive with hands-on tasks requiring visual and spatial abilities, but who become discouraged by their difficulty mastering core academic skills such as reading and writing. As many as 40% of Americans experience problems with these core skills, and a significant proportion of them are spatial thinkers. This book is packed with techniques that parents can use to help their shut-down learner succeed in school and in life. In a friendly, n-technical style, the author helps them understand their child's characteristics and offers specific approaches to break the downward spiral.
Dr. Richard Selznick is a psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, graduate school professor, and university professor of pediatrics. As the director of the Cooper Learning Center, he oversees a program that assesses and treats a broad range of learning and school-based behavioral problems in children. The Cooper Learning Center is a Division of the Department of Pediatrics of Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Selznick is the author of The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child and School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut-Down Learners Success. Dr. Selznick speaks to parents and educators on a variety of topics related to school struggling. A down-to-earth presenter who discusses difficult topics in non-jargon terms, he has presented to educators in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as throughout the United States. A native of New York, Dr. Selznick lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see www.shutdownlearner.com, Facebook.com/DrSelz, and Twitter @DrSelz.