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The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child

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One of the worst feelings a child can have is being discouraged in school. The sense of hopelessness that pervades can become almost insurmountable. This is the emotional experience for the child called the shut-down learner. Also referred to as Lego kids or high-spatial children, such kids thrive with hands-on tasks that use their visual and spatial abilities. This book ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 24th 2008 by Sentient Publications
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Pamela Goldberger
Dec 24, 2008 Pamela Goldberger rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Educators, Parents of struggling readers
Recommended to Pamela by: Friend
FINALLY, a book that gives a name to many of the kids I've worked with over the years! A must read for ALL teachers. The book provides insight into understanding the psyche of these "shut-down" kids. A must read for parents of struggling readers - the earlier the better! Strategies and interventions for parents to help their kids before they completely "shut-down". This down-to-earth book is written with honesty, sensitivity and a little humor and most importantly HOPE for these academically ...more
J L's Bibliomania
Written by a local practitioner who runs a successful reading clinic. While the anecdotes shared were informative, and the insights about the relationship between undiagnosed learning disabilies and shutdown learners are useful, the argument is weakened by overgeneralization and too many absolutes in non-reciprocal situations. For example, while many of the “shut-down” learners with reading difficulties he described are highly visual “Lego kids” it does NOT follow that many or even most highly ...more
Tiffanny Bernsee
Mar 05, 2012 Tiffanny Bernsee rated it really liked it
While not offering solutions and steps, the book provides insight and case studies citing examples so parents can better understand their child. A good beginning for parents and teachers looking to research some avenues to further explore with their children.
Lenore Webb
May 05, 2010 Lenore Webb rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
Since I am on the topic of education let me continue if you don't mind. We learned College Girl has ADD in her first year of College. I learned of my own issue with dyslexia as a senior in High School. So I was wondering why did it take so long to learn of these issues. Could it have been noticed sooner. I think so.

My friend and neighbor, Nessa, has two very smart children. But they are also noticing some issues while in middle school. We have looked closely at grades, behavior and routines to s
Oct 17, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I think it good if you are just starting your journey to find answers to help your child. It's not very informative for anyone who is already well on the journey, and already getting the appropriate help for their child.
Jenny Davidson
May 29, 2009 Jenny Davidson rated it it was ok
Shelves: how-to-books
A how to book with no real solutions, a real waste of time. Everything I read was stuff that I have already done--duh. How about some resolutions for now not just talking to adult shut-down learners!
Jul 01, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Good book to help educators and parents look at ways to encourage students who have been let down in their education.
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Great book! I will pass it on to some of the parents of my students.
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Shut Down Learners 1 9 Dec 29, 2008 06:03PM  
Dr. Selznick is a psychologist, a nationally certified school psychologist, and a graduate school professor. As the Director of the Cooper Learning Center at Cooper University Hospital (, he oversees a program that assesses and treats a broad range of learning and behavioral problems in children. The Cooper Learning Center is the leading program in its region, offering ...more
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