‘If parents could spend a week with an educational psychologist asking every question they could think of, the result might be this book!’ 

 

-Jackie Murray, Principal Educational Psychologist, Fairley House School, UK

 

          

 

‘A treasure trove of useful information and practical advice for the parents of children with specific learning difficulties and anyone who teaches them…It really is a must have.’ 

 

–Claudine Goldingham BA LLB (Dist.), a dyslexic and mother of two dyslexic and dyspraxic children

 

 

 

 

About the Book

Overview

 

The Parents’ Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties 
Information, Advice and Practical Tips

 

ISBN 978 1 78592 040 0

Veronica Bidwell

 

This book has been written for the parents of children who experience any area of specific learning difficulty or who suspect that their child may have a difficulty.   It covers much ground that will also be of interest to teachers and other educators.  It provides explanations about these areas of difficulty which can at times seem confusing and complex not least because of their tendency to overlap and to co-occur.     It provides ideas, strategies and solutions which parents can use to support their struggling learner.  

 

Part one introduces:

 

  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
  • ADHD,  ASD, auditory processing disorder
  • Specific language impairmnent, visual processing difficulty and
  • Poor working memory 


It explains clearly what each difficulty is, how it can affect a child’s learning and how to help a child to succeed despite their difficulties. Each chapter concludes with case studies of those pupils who have experienced difficulties;  these stories show the way forward, what to expect and how to help.    

Part two includes a host of tips, tools and strategies to support a child’s efforts in areas such as reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, study skills as well as advice on motivation, confidence, managing life’s setbacks and positive liaison with school staff. 
This is the book which Veronica has wished, over the years, had been available so that she could have given it to parents, teachers and other learning support professionals so that they could dip in to find answers and solutions to what can, at time, seem to insurmountable obstacles to a child’s learning. 

Reviews

 

This is a terrific book. Veronica Bidwell’s long experience and widely-recognised expertise is readily evident.  She is able to link these qualites with an up-to-date knowledge of the science of neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly to the extent to which various difficulties often exist alongside each other. This is complemented by her vivid case studies. There is much for parents in here, with practical advice which has been tested in the field. Yet this is more than a book just for parents. Those who teach children with specific learning difficulties will find this an illuminating read and I recommend it to them too.

 

-Professor Peter Hill MA MB BChir FRCP FRCPCH FRCPsych, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


This is the go-to book for parents with children who have specific learning difficulties. The book explains the varying specific learning difficulties and tells parents how to help. It is informative, practical and accessible without being patronising. It works either as a cover to cover read or as a book to dip into. If parents could spend a week with an educational psychologist asking every question they could think of, the result might be this book!

 

-Jackie Murray, Principal Educational Psychologist, Fairley House School, UK
 

A treasure trove of useful information and practical advice for the parents of children with specific learning difficulties and anyone who teaches them. Difficult concepts are explained in ways that are easy to understand and chapters conclude with helpful key points. Filled to the brim with inspiring and interesting case studies that make it a fascinating read. It really is a must have.

 

-Claudine Goldingham BA LLB (Dist.), a dyslexic and mother of two dyslexic and dyspraxic girls
 
Veronica Bidwell’s inspirational “A Parent’s Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties: Information, Advice and Practical Tips”, which will doubtless become the bible for all, touches on a discipline which can, at times, seem over-complex and impenetrable - especially to troubled parents and teachers. Veronica brings her wit, charm and insight to her wealth of experience as an educational psychologist, working in mainstream and specialist schools. She has written what is essentially a textbook that is, not only accessible to all, but also a rollicking good read. I would chain this book to every parent’s wrist. 

 

-Jo Petty, Director, The Dyslexia Teaching Centre, Kensington, UK