Teaching Kids with Mental Health and Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom

Education & Textbooks

By Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D.

Publisher : Free Spirit Publishing

ABOUT Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D.

Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D.
Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D., has been practicing psychology for over 30 years. He evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of problems. Dr. Cooley serves as a consultant to schools and has presented educational programs to educators, mental health professionals, phys More...


What do you do to help a student who worries all the time and has persistent fears? How do you help the child whose extreme mood changes interfere with learning? Are you challenged by kids who are overly aggressive or defiant? And what do you know about dealing with ADHD, OCD, NVLD, GAD, PTSD, communication disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, eating disorders, learning disabilities, autism, and social phobias?


Without a doubt, you are teaching a wide spectrum of students in your mainstream classroom. It’s estimated that ten million young people deal with challenges that make it difficult for them to learn or behave appropriately in the classroom. This includes up to 10 percent of students in the regular classroom who have a learning disability, and 20 percent who have a mental health disorder that interferes with daily life. Given the many challenges you face each day, this essential guide can help you address students’ special needs.


Who will benefit from using this book?


  • regular classroom teachers
  • school counselors and psychologists
  • classroom aides
  • special education teachers
  • school administrators
  • parents
  • childcare providers

What key features are essential for educators?


The heart of this book deals with mental health conditions and learning disorders that are likely to be present in today’s classrooms, including anxiety and mood disorders, communication disorders, learning disabilities, and social/relational disorders. Click on “view book excerpt” for the Table of Contents to see a complete list of the more than 20 mental health and learning disorders addressed. Each disorder or condition is described in jargon-free terms with the specific behaviors and symptoms to look for. Then user-friendly classroom strategies and interventions are given, along with suggested professional treatment that may be needed.


In addition, the book discusses the role of the school in addressing mental health and learning disorders, helps you plan for assessing students’ needs, and outlines effective classroom policies and procedures. Educators will find helpful tips for teaching strategies that meet diverse student needs, build important social and emotional skills, and establish a safe and caring classroom.

AEP Distinguished Achievement Awards Finalist (2008)
"This accessible, ready-to-use guide describes mental health and learning disorders often observed in school children, explains how each might be exhibited in the classroom, and offers suggestions for what to do (and what not to do). Written to and for the regular classroom teacher, this book is a valuable tool for all school personnel, parents, and anyone who works with children." —National Association of Elementary School Principals

"Examines more than 20 mental-health and learning disorders, describes their symptoms and behaviours, suggests classroom strategies and intervention, and notes the professional treatments available for each." —Professionally Speaking

“An important resource for every teacher . . . this book will reduce teachers’ anxieties as an increasing number of students with special needs are being mainstreamed. . . . A “bible” for all of us, a handbook that will never collect dust.”—TeacherLeaders.org (by Carol Patterson, NBCT, second grade teacher, coordinator for NBCT Support, Union County, NC Public Schools)

“Lots of practical suggestions on how to accommodate and respond to kids with various types of mental health and learning problems. With all these kids in our classrooms now, this resource can be very helpful to teachers who get little training in this area.”Teacher Magazine

“Very strongly recommended”—Midwest Book Review

“This ready reference describes mental health and learning disorders and offers expert advice on what to do to meet students' learning and emotional needs.”School & Community

“Overall, this book is a must-have guide for educators. I don’t know how anyone in today’s classroom survives without one.”—Sue Watson, About.com

“This solid new resource is a must read for everyone (counselors, teachers, school psychologists and others) interested in helping all students thrive...This book is also an excellent source of information regarding mental health and learning disorders. When used as a quick reference guidebook, one can read about a specific disorder, learn about behaviors and symptoms associated with the disorder and find classroom strategies and interventions to help students with the disorder succeed…An extremely useful tool for any educator to use when working with all students.” Becky Thomas, Counseling Today, newsletter of the American Counseling Association