Thursday, July 16, 2009

A book that IS a valuable resource for parents

Join Etta K. Brown, author of the nonfiction guide, Understanding Learning Disabilities: Understanding the Problem and Managing the Challenges (Langdon Street Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in July on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!


Etta K. Brown received her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University with a major in Dental Hygiene Education and the Masters in Education degree from South Carolina State University with a major in Special Education. The Educational Specialist Degree was conferred at Kent State University with studies in School Administration, and a major in School Psychology.

Through her graduate programs, and internships, the author acquired skills with speech and language, visual-motor training, auditory training, and the teaching of reading and handwriting.

During twenty years of professional experience in the public schools in Ohio, Iowa and California she has worked as a special education teacher, a school social worker and as a school psychologist. At no time, in either of those positions did she feel that she was able to apply any of her acquired knowledge to help children to learn.

Instead, while she didn't always agree, much was learned about what not to tell parents about their children. She also learned how school systems function, why they function the way that they do, why there were some things that it was not in the best interest of the school district for parents to know and why they should not be told.

Those were long, frustrating years watching children being placed in Special education because that was all that the School District had to offer. On the other hand were the frustrated parents who agonized over what to do about their child’s learning problems and the stigma of being placed in Special Education.

Having recently retired from public education and started a practice as a Licensed Educational Psychologist, the author is now free to discuss Special education and share information believed to be in the best interest of parents without being unprofessional or disloyal to employers.She continues to reach out to parents and children through her writing. Her current book is a summary of all that she would have told parents during her career had she been permitted to do so.


The book Learning Disabilities empowers parents with the information and skills needed to claim the rights delegated to them by Federal legislation. Under No Child Lift Behind, the government abdicates its responsibility for the education of special children by delegating rights to parents that supersede those of the school. The problem is that parents are not sufficiently prepared to claim these rights in a manner that will insure that their child receives an appropriate education.

This book meets that need for parent preparation. Parents are prepared with an introduction to the environmental factors that contribute to developmental learning disabilities, enabling them to engage in an effective prevention program at home before the child starts to school. Parents are assisted initially by learning how to rear children who are neurologically ready to learn. They will learn how trauma, nutrition, childrearing practices, allergies, and other environmental factors impact child development interfering with the neurological development of learning mechanisms in the brain.

Part II of the book answers all the parents questions about test and testing, how children are identified as needing special education, the process of meetings and development of the IEP, and finally it identifies all the documents to be signed as well as questions to ask, when to ask them, and what to do if they don’t get the right answer (expected answers are provided also). This part of the book is a step by step road map to a preferred conclusion to all the meetings that will result in an appropriate education for their child.

Part III of the book is a reference explaining all the ways in which learning disabilities manifest in the learning behavior of children. Parents and teachers are supplied with strategies, interventions and techniques for modifying the classroom, and accommodating the child to facilitate the learning process. Parents are prepared to represent their child during the special education process, and teachers and administrators are encouraged to embrace this new, involved, active parent to form a coalition of parent, teacher and child with the objective of creating an ideal learning environment which supports the child at home and at school.


Etta K. Brown's UNDERSTANDING LEARNING DISABILITIES VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '09 will officially begin on July 6th and end on July 31st. You can visit Etta's blog stops at during the month of July to find out more about this great book and talented author!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors' blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.


  1. Looks like a great book! Not just for the parents, but for teachers as well!

    Anyone offering insight on ways to help raise our future leaders, in a positive way, is worth their weight in gold! :)


  2. Wonderful blog. I have a severely disabled godson (Angelman syndrome) and a Williams-Syndrome niece. Very challenging. All their teachers and caregivers are amazing. Sounds like a great book...good luck.

  3. Fantastic looking book!
    Anything that helps to support the individual child with learning has my vote!
    Often, these needs are overlooked in a full classroom.

    Lisa x


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