Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Assessment and Accommodation (Paperback)

Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Assessment and Accommodation By Noël Gregg, PhD, Donald D. Deshler, PhD (Foreword by) Cover Image

Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Assessment and Accommodation (Paperback)


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Most of the literature on learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focuses on the needs of elementary school–age children, but older students with these conditions also require significant support. Comprehensive and authoritative, this book helps educators and clinicians navigate the maze of laws, policies, and scientific research relating to diagnostic and intervention decision making for adolescents and adults. Leading expert Noël Gregg provides clear guidance on how to conduct and document evidence-based assessments and select appropriate instructional and testing accommodations. Featuring helpful case vignettes, decision-making flowcharts, and coverage of the latest assistive technologies, the book gives special attention to supporting students during the crucial transition from high school to higher education or vocational settings.

Noël Gregg, PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Communication Sciences and Special Education at the University of Georgia (UGA). She founded the UGA Learning Disabilities Center in 1982 and served as its Director until 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Gregg served as Director of the Learning Disabilities Research and Training Center. During that period, she produced over 21 videos and teleconferences focusing on the adolescent and adult population with learning disabilities and ADHD. Dr. Gregg is also Director of the UGA Regents' Center for Learning Disorders. Her areas of specialization include adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD, accommodations, alternative media, assessment, written language disorders, and measurement validity. She has been a national expert witness for several key legal cases pertaining to accommodating adults with learning disabilities and ADHD on high-stakes tests. The author of several books and more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters, Dr. Gregg is a frequent conference presenter and speaker.

Product Details ISBN: 9781606235935
ISBN-10: 1606235931
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Publication Date: January 4th, 2011
Pages: 316
Language: English
"Gregg's timely work contrasts the intensive services delivered to children with learning disabilities and ADHD to the relative dearth of efforts for these individuals as they transition into adulthood. Often unrecognized, minimized, or ignored, this 'silent epidemic' results in considerable cost to the individual and society. Thorough yet accessible, the book presents systemic assessment and intervention strategies designed to accommodate these individuals' learning and psychosocial needs."--James B. Hale, PhD, ABPdN, Professor of Educational Neuroscience (retired), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore  "A great resource in an area that has many challenges. I particularly like the way the solid research base is translated into implications for assessment and accommodation. Loaded with valuable information, this book fills an important gap in the literature."--Martha L. Thurlow, PhD, Director, National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota

"An exceptionally well-written, detailed, authoritative, and science-based review of appropriate educational accommodations for teens and adults with learning disabilities and/or ADHD, and the documentation needed to obtain them. It is the best contemporary treatment of this topic available. The book is rich with useful recommendations pertaining to multiple aspects of individual functioning, including cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, and academic domains. Highly readable, instructive, and punctuated with informative case examples, this book should prove beneficial to clinicians, educators, and graduate students."--Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
"Written by an expert in the field, this book is coherent and insightful. Gregg's coverage of up-to-date research is comprehensive, and she has an exceptional ability to identify and describe practical applications. The book meets a tremendous need."--H. Lee Swanson, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology, University of California, Riverside; Research Professor, University of New Mexico

"With her extensive specialization in adolescents and adults with LD and ADHD, Dr. Gregg unravels the complexities of secondary and postsecondary school environments and clarifies the needs of these students. She brings confidence and an evidence-based validity to her conclusions and recommendations. This is a resource book that can guide and inform decision-making by professionals working with secondary and postsecondary students. In addition to its discussion of historical policy and current regulations, this book is a well-organized guide to the analysis of reading, mathematics, and behavioral-emotional assessments and accommodations. It is a comprehensive, well-thought-out book, appropriate to both the college classroom and the consulting office, which focuses on a subject that only recently has captured the spotlight yet promises to be important in the years to come."
— The Educational Therapist

"A welcome volume....Not only does the book provide comprehensive summaries of research on an array of learning issues, but also links the research to useful suggestions for educational interventions and accommodations for learning impairments in adolescents and adults. It is an extremely useful handbook that will be relevant for years to come for practicing neuropsychologists as well as for practitioners in related professions who help secondary and post-secondary students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities....Pragmatic and clear suggestions for accommodations and interventions, including the use of various illustrated decision trees to guide decisions, make the book a useful resource for educators and clinicians on the frontlines who are working with adolescent and adult students. Of particular interest were reviews of existing and emerging assistive technologies that permeate the chapters....A gem of a book that has something useful to offer experienced neuropsychologists, other clinical or educational professionals, and advanced graduate students. In the spirit of the guiding theme of the book, every reader will come away with having learned something new from this volume."
— Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

"This volume will be welcomed by the parents of teenagers and adults coping with ADHD....Comprehensive and authoritative."
— Inside TSA

"Commendable for providing a decision-making model to guide the development of assessment practices and accommodations that meet the needs of these students and legal mandates. In addition, Gregg provides excellent insights into the comprehensive approach required for accurate assessment of the unique cognitive and social-emotional profiles of students with ADHD and LD. Using flowcharts, tables, and assessment profiles of people with ADHD and LD, Gregg offers concrete examples of how to conduct thorough evaluations that capture students' unique strengths and weaknesses. Such thorough assessments are essential to enable professionals to offer accommodations that match the varying needs of these students. The breadth of research Gregg cites to support her recommendations is impressive....Gregg provides information that will help practitioners to develop a greater understanding of the difficulties students with LD and ADHD face in secondary and postsecondary institutions and a greater appreciation of the many accommodations available, especially the emerging technologies that offer individually adapted modes for learning....Offers researchers an agenda for future research that could provide clinicians and educators with the assessment tools and interventions needed to enable students with LD and ADHD to learn efficiently and avoid the risks that threaten their well-being."