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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 847–848. Reviews the book, Learning Disability: The Unrealized Potential by Alan O. Ross (see record 1978-27692-000). The author's goal is to share his views of learning disabilities with those who “raise and educate children,” presumably parents and teachers. In large measure, he has achieved his purpose. The book is not entirely successful, but not because Ross's professional background is wanting; indeed, his knowledge of the learning disability area is extensive. Nor are limitations due to inadequate communication skills, as Ross writes with style, clarity, and persuasiveness. Rather, problems arise because learning disability is a complex, poorly understood topic, characterized by ambiguities, lack of consensus, emotionality, and considerable controversy. Taken as a whole, Ross's book will provide information and perspective to both parents and teachers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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