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It's So Much Work to be Your Friend

One in six children encounter significant problems while learning to read; some one million children are being treated for learning disabilities. There are many books that deal with their academic difficulties, but when it comes to the social isolation and peer rejection that these differently wired children so often experience, their parents and teachers are mostly left to cope on their own. Now, renowned educator Richard Lavoie offers practical, proven strategies to help these children learn to maintain friendships, resolve conflicts, and interpret non-verbal social cues. Written with warmth, empathy, and the authority that can only come from decades of experience with these issues, IT'S SO MUCH WORK TO BE YOUR FRIEND will enlighten and empower anyone who cares for or works with these hard-to understand children.
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Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., has worked as a teacher and headmaster at residential special education facilities for the past thirty years. He holds three degrees in special education and serves as a consultant to several agencies and organizations. The father of three adult children, he lives with his wife in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He welcomes visitors to his website at DR MEL LEVINE is a professor of paediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School and the director of the university's Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning. He is the co-founder and co-chair of All Kinds of Minds, a non-profit institute that develops products and programmes to help parents, teachers, clinicians and children address differences in learning. He is a Rhodes scholar and graduate of Harvard Medical School.


Children with learning disabilities are socially out of step with their peers and often teased because of their differences. This groundbreaking book provides practical, expert advice to help learning-disabled children ages six to 17 achieve social success. Lavoie, who has taught children with learning disabilities for over 30 years and has appeared in three PBS videos, discusses social issues common to children with ADD, attention disorders, anxiety, and visual spatial disorders. Then he provides proven methods to help these children through almost any social situation, including overcoming shyness and low self-esteem and adjusting to new situations. The intensity with which these children long for friends and acceptance, the exasperation they cause in others, the joy they feel in social connection, and the author's compassion are clearly evident throughout. Other parenting books on learning-disabled children fail to address overcoming social hurdles; highly recommended for all public libraries.-Walter J. Cegelka, St. Thomas Univ., Miami Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"The best guide of its kind ever written. . . a major achievement." -- Edward Hallowell, M.D.,Coauthor of Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction

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