How the Special Needs Brain Learns, 3ed

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David A Sousa

How the Special Needs Brain Learns, 3ed
296 pages
ISBN: 9781506327020

Teaching students with learning challenges just got easier with this groundbreaking guide!

More and more students are having difficulty acquiring basic reading, writing, and computation skills. If you seek effective strategies to meet their needs, look no further! Use this updated third edition from education expert David A. Sousa to explore the causes of many common learning disorders and discover how to identify, accommodate, and motivate your students. Dr. Sousa answers your questions about common disabilities and provides the latest alternative instructional approaches to ensure mastery occurs. Discover cutting-edge brain research and innovative instructional strategies to help you:

  • Improve your understanding of the learning process
  • Understand genetic and environmental triggers of learning problems
  • Effectively instruct students with ADHD, LD, dyslexia, writing disabilities, autism, emotional and behavioural challenges, and more
  • Utilise assistive technologies to remove barriers to learning
  • Differentiate instruction in speech, reading, writing, and mathematics

Learn how the brain works and the practical know-how to transfer that knowledge to the classroom for the benefit of all students. This expert resource shows you how!

Table of Contents

List of Strategies to Consider

About the Author

Preface to the Third Edition



Chapter 1 - The Brain and Learning

Chapter 2 - When Learning Difficulties Arise

Chapter 3 - Attention Disorders

Chapter 4 - Speech Difficulties

Chapter 5 - Reading Disabilities

Chapter 6 - Writing Disabilities

Chapter 7 - Mathematical Disabilities

Chapter 8 - Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Chapter 9 - Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chapter 10 - Putting It All Together





"How the Special Needs Brain Learns makes a distinct contribution to the field. It provides knowledge of the neurological basis of learning without inundating the reader with biological terminology. The various categories of disabilities are defined and described in terms that teachers can understand. But Dr. Sousa does not leave the reader there. He arms the reader with strategies to address various disabilities and a plethora of ways to support their learning and emotional needs. The teacher-friendliness of this book makes it stand out in its field."
- Francine Del Vecchio, Associate Professor, Division of Education, Caldwell University

"Understanding how individuals learn…or why they may fail to learn…is an integral part of what makes teachers effective with students who have special learning needs as well as with those who don’t.  Dr. Sousa’s text provides an easy-to-read explanation of both how the brain functions and how that functioning impacts the learning process. But it doesn’t stop there. Each chapter offers practical information, suggestions, or strategies that can be used to help struggling students learn."
- Nancy G. Burton, Associate Professor of Education-SPED Concord University

"How the Special Needs Brain Learns, Third Edition provides key biological and neurological information for issues that I think many teachers attribute purely to attitude and will. By providing the specific neurological processes behind learning difficulties, Dr. Sousa gives teachers and teacher candidates a useful resource to understand and respond to challenges experienced by students with learning difficulties and special educational needs."
- Gina Garner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Learning Disabilities Program Director, Aquinas College

"A major strength of the third edition of How the Special Needs Brain Learns is that it clearly addresses all major areas of learning in which students with disabilities experience problems. The author has done an excellent job in balancing what we know about the brain and how this can be applied in the classroom. It bridges the field of neuroscience and education well!"
- Beverly Kling, Professor, Kean University