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Diagnosing Specific Learning Disorders

Product: Book

ISBN: 978-88-6137-976-3

Publication date: 01/01/2012


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The so-called “scholastic learning disorders,” which primarily affect reading, writing, and calculation abilities, require careful and accurate attention and intervention.  This book provides psychologists and teachers with the tools and specialized materials necessary to lay out a diagnosis together that is directly “functional” to the recovery of learning and based on clear and comprehensible concepts.

The authors introduce the main tools available today for the formulation of a functional diagnosis of learning disorders which meet the international classification standards (ICD-10 e DSM-IV).

The work lends itself to different levels of operational use and benefits the work of the psychologist (to whom it is mainly addressed), but also the speech therapist and teacher, indicating a concrete path of integration between the different professional roles within the school.
Institutional sponsorships
University of Padova – Faculty of Psychology


Ch. 1    Introduction
Ch. 2    Methodological approach to SLD’s and functional diagnoses

Ch. 3    Specific reading disorders (Developmental dyslexia)
Ch. 4    Specific writing disorders (Developmental dysorthography)

Ch. 5    Dysgraphia
Ch. 6    Specific number and/or calculation disorder (developmental dyscalculia)
Ch. 7    Diagnoses of specific text comprehension disorders

Ch. 8    Non-verbal learning disorders
Ch. 9    Specific Learning Disorders and school

Appendix 1 Diagnostic tools
Appendix 2a Interview guide for the analysis of the reasons for the consultation request
Appendix 2b Indications for the preparation of a clinical report for SLD’s
Appendix 3 Internet resources

Appendix 4 Criteria for the diagnosis of dysgraphia: a proposal by the AIRIPA group

Attached tools:

Self-esteem questionnaire

Questionnaire on social relations in adolescents

Who do I look like?

Why do I go to school?

My behavior (SDA scale)

SDAI scale

SDAG scale