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Another Door to Learning: True Stories of Learning Disabled Children and Adults and the Keys to Their Success.

Judy Schwarz. New York: Crossroad, 1992. 206 pp. $18.95. Author Judy Schwarz artfully portrays the lives of 11 frustrated learners whose uniqueness propelled them beyond reach of traditional and special education settings. Each story bubbles into an explosion of "Ah-has" for the reader.

Schwarz's classification of language and spatial system disorders clarifies the underlying philosophical approach of the clinic setting. Disorder identification and appropriate intervention for each troubled learner evolved through observation, exploration and experimentation. None of this was done haphazardly, but rather in a deliberate sequential order well-grounded in the richness of knowledge that only experience and ripened reflection can produce.

Professionals, parents and individuals with learning problems can all find wisdom and insights in this book. A rich bibliography, annotated references and 15 pages of footnotes skillfully assuage professional skepticism. Sensitively rendered woodcuts and a tender text invite problem learners to extol their gifts while seeking solutions. Only reasonable successes are portrayed, anchoring possibilities into believable reality--no miracle cures are found here.

Judy Schwarz and artist-illustrator Carol Stockdale co-founded the Another Door to Learning Clinic in Tacoma, Washington, a dozen years ago. For 16 previous years, Schwarz was a public school reading specialist and learning disabilities teacher; Stockdale taught high school and college courses. Both are married and have sons, some of whom have learning disabilities. Reviewed by Barbara K. Given, Coordinator, Learning Disabilities Teacher Program, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
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Author:Given, Barbara K.
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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