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Special Kids Problem Solver

Special Kids Problem Solver: Ready-to-Use Interventions for Helping All Students with Academic, Behavioral & Physical Problems

By Dr. Kenneth Shore

This essential resource provides classroom teachers, special education professionals,  school guidance counselors, support staff and other educators at all levels the crucial information and 
practical strategies they need to recognize and respond effectively to 30 of 
the most common yet challenges encountered in today’s classroom.

Dr. Kenneth Shore details easy-to- implement interventions and techniques and interventions for dealing with with three categories of problems–academic, behavioral, and physical– that often arise when working with students with disabilities and/or students with special need.

Specific issues covered in each category include the following:


  • Students with Auditory Processing Problems
  • ELLs (English Language Learners) / English as a Second Language (ESL) students
  • Gifted Students
  • Handwriting Problems
  • Math Anxiety
  • Mild Mental Retardation
  • Reading Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Problems
  • Spelling Problems
  • Unmotivated Students


  • Aggressive Students
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autism
  • Disorganized Students
  • Disruptive Students
  • Students with Low Self- Esteem
  • Perfectionists
  • School Phobic Students
  • Shy Students
  • Stuttering


  • AIDS and HIV
  • Asthma
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Spina Bifida
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Visual Impairment

Each of the 30 problems listed above is addressed in its own chapter. Elements of each chapter include:

  • Background information for understanding the nature and causes of the problem;
  • A menu of practical strategies for dealing with the problem that can realistically be implemented in the classroom given time constraints and the demands of other students;
  • Specific references for further information, including contact information for relevant organizations.

Special Kids Problem Solver is an invaluable tool that enables teachers to quickly and easily scan problem-solving strategies from a wide-ranging menu proven interventions, selecting to ones  that are best suited to their own particular needs/the needs of their students.

ISBN: 978-0787966195
Publisher: Jossey-Bass (1998)

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Praise for Special Kids Problem Solver

” … gives teachers the tools to help students with academic, behavioral and 
physical problems.”
 – National Education Association Magazine

New Jersey school psychologist and NJEA member Dr. Kenneth Shore offers proven techniques for success in ‘Special Kids Problem Solver,’ an important tool for teachers. The discussion of academic problems is illuminating, ranging from the traditional problems of the gifted, the unmotivated, and the learning disabled to the less explored ESL student and children with math anxiety. The behavioral problems chapter alerts teachers to the perfectionist and the disrupted student, as well as to the traditional aggressive, disruptive, and school-phobic student. Shore details how to identify each problem and how teachers can help. He lists organizations and a bibliography for further study.“
 —   NJEA Review

Kenneth Shore’s book is an essential tool for teachers. It boils down all of the information teachers need to get a handle on student problems and presents that information in a straightforward and intelligent manner. The book’s format makes it an ideal hands-on reference. This is a must-have for all teachers at every level of experience.”
 – review





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