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Re: [xmca] New publication: Learning Disabilities, post-Vygotsky-Lurian theory and practice through the lens of Akhutina-Pylaeva

I cant wait to read it. Best, David

On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM, mike cole <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for posting, Anton. Great idea, great work.
> mike
> On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 7:48 AM, Anton Yasnitsky <the_yasya@yahoo.com>wrote:
>> A new book has just been released and it might well be of considerable
>> interest to some segment of xmca readership and their associates:
>> <QUOTE>
>> Overcoming Learning Disabilities
>> Tatiana V. Akhutina and Natalia M. Pylaeva
>> About the Book
>> Based on the ideas of Russian psychologists Lev Vygotsky and
>> Alexander Luria, this book explores methods of preventing or
>> overcoming learning disabilities. Tatiana V. Akhutina and Natalia
>> M. Pylaeva build on Vygotsky and Luria’s sociocultural
>> theory and their principle of a systemic structure and dynamic
>> organization of higher mental functions. They focus on the
>> interactive scaffolding of the weak components of the child’s
>> functional systems, the transition from joint child-adult coactions,
>> and the emotional involvement of the child. The authors
>> discuss effective ways to remediate issues with attention,
>> executive functions (working memory and cognitive control),
>> and spatial and visual-verbal functions. Overcoming Learning
>> Disabilities translates complex problems into easily understandable
>> concepts useful to school psychologists, special and general
>> education teachers, and parents of children with learning
>> disabilities.
>> Key Features
>> • A book by pupils of great Russian neuropsychologist Alexander
>> Luria
>> • The authors demonstrate the use of Lurian neuropsychological
>> diagnostic methods allowed distinguishing three main
>> types of learning disabilities
>> • Authors describe how to work in the Zone of Proximal Development
>> (Vygotsky’s term) conducting an ongoing qualitative
>> analysis of children’s diffi culties and helping them strengthen
>> the weak ‘link’ of the functional system, etc.
>> http://www.amazon.com/Overcoming-Learning-Disabilities-Tatiana-Akhutina/dp/1107013887
>> </END of QUOTE>
>> There are many "Lurian" psychologies, but the one presented in this book
>> is definitely extremely close to the original Luria's proposal and clearly
>> deserves considerable attention from the theoreticians and, particularly,
>> practitioners. Just in case, the author is available and, I truly believe,
>> eager to comment, discuss, share, and, ultimately, collaborate.
>> FINALLY. Info for those interested in acquiring the book: there seems to
>> be a 20% discount from regular price of USD 99 to a reduced price of 79 for
>> a hardcover edition. FYI: Offer expires 12/31/2012.
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David Isaac Hernandez-Saca
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