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Helping Your Child with Language Based Learning Disabilities


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Daniel Franklin, PhD, holds a doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MEd from Harvard University. He has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and educational consultant. He is the founder and president of Los Angeles-based Franklin Educational Services, Inc., which provides a wide range of individualized school support services for students of all ages.


"Parents of children with special needs are on a journey they didn't ask to take. There are many books that provide an aerial photograph of this voyage. Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities stands head and shoulders above the rest by offering a road map, a compass, a walking stick, and some snacks along the way. Daniel Franklin's experience, wisdom, and sensitivity shine through on every page. He can lead a concerned parent from feeling that 'my child is a problem' to the profound understanding that 'my child has a problem--and I can help.'"
--Richard D. Lavoie, MA, MEd, author of The Motivation Breakthrough and It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend--Richard D. Lavoie, MA, MEd
"Daniel Franklin provides practical steps to help children with language-based learning disabilities succeed not only at school, but also at life. His helpful advice is accessible, clear, and instructive; at the same time, it is supportive and empathetic. This book is essential for parents who struggle with how best to equip their children with the skills they need to navigate educational challenges. Franklin also teaches parents how to foster positivity and confidence in their children."
--Judy Ho, PhD, clinical psychologist; two-time board diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and the National Board of Forensic Evaluators; tenured associate professor of psychology at Pepperdine University; and frequent expert psychologist on leading television networks, including CNN, CBS, and FOX--Judy Ho, PhD
"This is a truly human book for parents overwhelmed by the world of experts, incomprehensible advice, and reports they don't understand. Franklin writes, 'Your relationship is more important than schoolwork.' Imagine! If parents learn nothing more than this, they will have learned the essence of how to help their struggling child. This comprehensive book is a marvel that will help struggling parents breathe a whole lot easier."
--Dorothy Ungerleider, MA, board-certified educational therapist, founder of the Association of Educational Therapists, and author of Reading, Writing, and Rage and Educational Therapy in Action--Dorothy Ungerleider, MA
"Daniel Franklin's remarkable book offers parents a wealth of strategies they can use to support their struggling children. Franklin's suggestions are easy to implement, and create a common language for parents and professionals. His compassionate approach will inspire and empower families, and provide students with hope and optimism. This is a must-read for anyone helping a child navigate the challenges of school and life."
--Richard L. Goldman, MEd, teacher, administrator, and college professor with over forty years' experience in language-based learning disabilities and educational consulting--Richard L. Goldman, MEd
"Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities is a great resource for parents and education professionals. Franklin provides the understanding (and tools) necessary for parents to more effectively meet the learning needs of their children. The other great accomplishment of this book is its focus on education as a means to an end--that a positive educational experience can help children grow into adults who are successful and who thrive in their life pursuits."
--Michael E. Spagna, PhD, provost and vice president of academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills--Michael E. Spagna, PhD
"Daniel Franklin, a respected educational therapist, has written a thoughtful and empathetic book translating his experience helping many boys and girls into a practical guide. His advice takes into consideration first and foremost the child's feelings and preferences, and works to bring parents and their struggling child onto the same plane. He understands and emphasizes the importance of early identification and intervention, and that there are no magic bullets, but that practice and more practice pay off. Franklin emanates positivity and patience, stressing kindness to children who have been exposed to more than their share of shaming and corrective input from adults."
--Sally E. Shaywitz, MD, professor of learning development, cofounder and codirector of The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, and author of Overcoming Dyslexia--Sally E. Shaywitz, MD
"Children who struggle with language-related learning issues, and their families, face the daunting prospect of navigating an education system that is not aligned to their unique neurobiological profiles. In this gem of a book, Franklin arms parents with the knowledge and strategies they need to support and advocate for their unique child--not just in learning to read or calculate but in developing to their full potential as a whole and happy human being. There are no quick fixes or magic beans here--the information presented amounts to a practical, reliable, and sensitively written guide."
--Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, PhD, professor of education at the University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education, associate professor of psychology at USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, and author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain--Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, PhD
"This book is an outstanding resource not only for parents of children with language-based learning difficulties, but also for parents more generally. Written in a highly accessible way, it provides a warm, positive, and encouraging approach for supporting children through strong relationships between parents and children, and between families and educators."
--Amanda Datnow, PhD, professor of education at the University of California, San Diego--Amanda Datnow, PhD
"Daniel Franklin has written a truly remarkable book about children with language-based learning disabilities. His work contains not only clear descriptions of different problems faced by children and adolescents with learning problems, but also realistic strategies for addressing these problems. I was especially impressed with Franklin's understanding of and empathy for children who struggle with learning, as well as for their parents, teachers, and other professionals who work with them. I found Franklin to be skilled at presenting the importance of helping youngsters to become more independent without prematurely removing the support that they require to navigate life's challenges. This book will serve as a major resource for parents and professionals--to be read and reread."
--Robert Brooks, PhD, faculty at Harvard Medical School (part-time), and coauthor of Raising Resilient Children and The Power of Resilience--Robert Brooks, PhD

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