This book challenges the validity of ADHD, learning disabilities, and dyslexia as meaningful special education "categories" and critically examines the misplaced medical model from which they are derived. The presumption that these disabilities cause school-related problems detracts from identifying factors within the classroom that create and maintain a child's underachievement and disruptive behavior. Moreover, when the disability is finally named, it provides no functional information that translates into effective coping strategies. Macht delves into the misunderstood structure of these disabilities, pointing out that they are not verifiable disabilities but weak constructs that poorly describe each child's uniqueness. Finally, he provides an alternative model based on children's strengths rather than their deficiencies, and presents strategies that advance school-related success.
Joel Macht is a former professor of educational psychology at the University of Denver, USA. He is an author, lecturer, former school psychologist, board certified behavior analyst, and former behavior consultant to school districts in Colorado and Arizona, USA.
1. From Differences to Disabilities.- 2. Disability Identification.- 3. Learning Disabilities.- 4. ADHD.- 5. Active Intervention.- 6. Diversity and the Common Core.