Based on the ideas of Russian psychologists Lev Vygotsky and Alexander Luria, this book explores methods of preventing or overcoming learning disabilities. Tatiana V. Akhutina and Natalia M. Pylaeva build on Vygotsky and Luria's sociocultural theory and their principle of a systemic structure and dynamic organization of higher mental functions. They focus on the interactive scaffolding of the weak components of the child's functional systems, the transition from joint child-adult co-actions, and the emotional involvement of the child. The authors discuss effective ways to remediate issues with attention, executive functions (working memory and cognitive control) and spatial and visual-verbal functions. Overcoming Learning Disabilities translates complex problems into easily understandable concepts useful to school psychologists, special and general education teachers, and parents of children with learning disabilities.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
"...Readers will recognize in this book many ideas that are now common to Russian and North American psychologies, but they also will find many innovative features characteristic of the branch of Russian neuropsychology represented in the volume. Some ideas will be reminiscent of what has been presented in books on Russian psychology in English before, whereas others will be new. All in all, Overcoming Learning Disabilities: A Vygotskian-Lurian Neuropsychological Approach is a wonderful read, connecting the past and the present and the West and the East."
--Dr. Elena L. Grigorenko, Yale, Columbia University and Moscow State University, PsycCRITIQUES