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Learning Disabilities and Related Disabilities: Strategies for Success, 13th Edition

  • Janet W. Lerner
  • Beverley Johns
  • ISBN-10: 1285433203
  • ISBN-13: 9781285433202
  • 544 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

The text that set the standard for students working toward certification in special education has been revised and updated to meet the needs of a new generation of teachers and students. Written for undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in general education or special education, the book features a cross-categorical emphasis that makes it suitable for a broad number of courses-including those aimed at teaching students with related disabilities and those teaching students on the Autism Spectrum. The authors describe the characteristics of learning disabilities as well as other disabilities, and offer practical teaching strategies for general education teachers, special education teachers, school psychologists, administrators, and related professionals. Pre-service and in-service classroom teachers, who are increasingly responsible for teaching students with special needs within general education or inclusive classrooms, will find LEARNING DISABILITIES AND RELATED DISABILITIES: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS, 13th Edition, especially helpful.


  • A cross-categorical emphasis reflects the growing number of courses aimed at teaching students with mild disabilities (e.g. ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome) that are part of many states' certification requirements.

  • Content includes instruction in general education classes, complemented by strategies and ideas in “Including Students in General Education” boxes.

  • “TeachSource Video Case Activities” are integrated into the chapters, introducing videos (viewable at Education CourseMate) that help students relate important chapter content to real-life scenarios in educational settings.

  • The book covers the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA–2004), and comprehensive coverage of Response-to-Intervention (RTI).

  • “Teaching Tips” boxes provide examples of practical instruction models, methods, and strategies.

  • “Student Stories” with accompanying reflective questions are interspersed throughout each chapter, offering real-life situational snapshots that illustrate the topic under discussion.

  • Brief, accessible “I Have a Kid Who…” case studies allow students to apply the content that they have read about.

  • Chapter-ending material includes point-by-point summaries of major ideas, key terms, and Questions for Discussion and Reflection.

  • A glossary at the end of the text includes the definitions of all key terms listed at the ends of chapters.


"This is a current and comprehensive text on learning disabilities and related disorders that includes practical adaptations that classroom teachers can implement to meet the needs of their students." - Karen Coughenour, Francis Marion University
— Karen Coughenour

About the Author

Janet W. Lerner

Janet W. Lerner is professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University, where she served as professor and chairperson of the Department of Special Education. She received the J. E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Exceptional Children, and was awarded the Romaine P. Mackie Award from the Pioneers Division of CEC. Dr. Lerner served as a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and a reading specialist at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. She has taught at several colleges and universities in the fields of learning disabilities, reading instruction, and special education. She served as co-editor of Learning Disabilities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a publication of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Dr. Lerner has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and books, including LEARNING DISABILITIES AND RELATED DISABILITIES: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS (2014, Cengage Learning) and READING PROBLEMS: DIAGNOSIS AND TEACHING STRATEGIES (2010). Dr. Lerner is currently an adjunct professor in the PACE program at National Louis University.

Beverley Johns

Beverley Holden Johns has 35 years of experience working with students with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders within the public schools of Illinois. She is now a learning and behavior consultant and an adjunct instructor for MacMurray College. She is the 2000 recipient of the CEC Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Council for Exceptional Children, past international president of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, and the 2007 Recipient of the Romaine P. Mackie Leadership Service Award. She served as president of the International Association of Special Education from 2006 to 2010. She presented the first Marden lecture at the University of Hong Kong. Johns is the lead author of ten books (and co-author of four others) and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has chaired ISELA, the Illinois Special Education Coalition (whose membership includes 13 statewide organizations) for 30 years. She is a past president of the Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois, and was the national state president's representative serving on the Board of LDA of America. She has presented workshops across the United States and Canada; in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sydney, Australia (keynote); Warsaw, Poland; Hong Kong, China; Lima, Peru; and Riga, Latvia.

Table of Contents

1. Learning Disabilities and Other Related Disabilities: Characteristics and Current Directions.
2. Assessment and the IEP Process.
3. Specialized Instruction.
4. Educational Settings and the Role of the Family.
5. Theories of Learning.
6. Social, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges.
7. Related Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
8. Young Children with Disabilities.
9. Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and Related Disabilities.
10. Understanding the Laws Related to Students with Disabilities.
11. Spoken Language Difficulties: Listening and Speaking.
12. Reading Difficulties.
13. Written Language Difficulties: Written Expression, Spelling, and Handwriting.
14. Mathematics Difficulties.

New to this edition

  • An appealing new full-color design with a larger page size helps to enhance student learning.
  • New Learning Objectives correlated to the main sections in each chapter show students what they need to know to process and understand the information in the chapter. After completing the chapter, students should be able to demonstrate how they can use and apply their new knowledge and skills.
  • New lists of standards to be addressed appear at the beginning of each chapter. Chapters 1 to 10 include the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Initial Level Special Education Standards as approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Special Education. Chapters 11 to 14 include relevant Common Core State Standards as well as relevant CEC Standards.
  • New “Digital Download” notations throughout the text identify tips, boxes, figures, and tables available for students to download, customize, and use in the classroom as well as to review key concepts. A complete sample IEP is also available for download.
  • “New Did You Get It?” quizzes allow students to measure their performance against the learning objectives in each chapter. One question for each learning objective is featured in the textbook to encourage students to go to, take the full quiz, and check their understanding.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285452577 | ISBN-13: 9781285452579)

These vibrant, Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285452453 | ISBN-13: 9781285452456)

An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated test bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285979257 | ISBN-13: 9781285979250)
CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285452488 | ISBN-13: 9781285452487)

Cengage Learning's Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Instructors can access password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the instructor's manual, model syllabi, and Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides. Also new is Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that allows you to monitor student engagement in the course. Students can access an integrated eBook, flashcards, quizzes, videos, Digital Downloads of figures and tables from the text, and more.

MindTap Education, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Lerner/Johns’ Learning Disabilities and Related Disabilities: Strategies for Success  (ISBN-10: 1337095796 | ISBN-13: 9781337095792)

MindTap Education for Lerner/Johns’ Learning Disabilities and Related Disabilities: Strategies for Success, 13th Edition is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie-cutter into cutting-edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers.

Student Supplements

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285452488 | ISBN-13: 9781285452487)

Cengage Learning's Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, videos, Digital Downloads of figures and tables from the text, and more in your Education CourseMate, accessed through

MindTap Education, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Lerner/Johns’ Learning Disabilities and Related Disabilities: Strategies for Success  (ISBN-10: 1337095796 | ISBN-13: 9781337095792)

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