Testimonials

  • Dyslexia Screening

    Dyslexia Screening: Essential Concepts . . . Is an excellent tool to have when planning and designing strategies to implement early screening and intervention programs in our school districts. After 10 years of working with dyslexic children, I was thrilled to see the importance of standardized test as well as “informal measures.” Dr. Selznick covers the key areas and behaviors to be observing and many ways to make early screening work in your school environment. The key to finding success for all, meaning children in need of early intervention, teachers in need of tools, and administrators looking for a plan that will work is beginning with this book.

    As a reminder, the purpose of screening was clearly stated: “dyslexia screening is a tool for identifying children who are at risk for this learning disability, particularly in preschool, kindergarten, or first grade. This means that the screening does not “diagnose” dyslexia. Rather, it identifies “predictor variables” that raise red flags, so parents and teachers can intervene early and effectively.”

    I will be recommending to our state Department of Education.

    — Linda Goodness on March 11, 2015 (Amazon review)

    Format: Kindle Edition

    This book is an important guide for public schools in states with new laws that require them to screen for dyslexia.

    In this “first of its kind” book, Dr. Selznick shares what he has learned from consulting with public schools in New Jersey about how to implement their new law which requires schools to screen for dyslexia.

    In this step-by-step “how and why” guide, written in everyday language, Dr. Selznick shares practical advice on which screening tools to use to limit the process to just 30 minutes, who should do the screening, which students to screen first, how to interpret the results, and sample letters to send to parents of students with “red flags” of dyslexia.

    He also shares tips on using the scores to determine the type and intensity of intervention, and how to monitor progress.

    This much needed book is sure to become an essential tool used by public schools across the nation.

    — Susan M. Barton on February 10, 2015

    Format: Kindle Edition

     As an administrator in a school that teaches students with dyslexia, I can say confidently that this easy to read guide is a must have for educators in determining early signs of reading differences. Dr. Selznick, in his simple, no nonsense writing style, explains the key components of dyslexia screening. He offers suggestions on implementing these screenings into schools that are manageable and useful. Dr. Selznick also identifies various assessments to use and their benefits. One thing to note is what Dr. Selznick proposes is not a dyslexia diagnosis but rather a way to determine early signals of reading struggles. I would highly recommend this book to any private or public school to help develop a plan for screening young learners. It is also very informative for parents to learn more about signs of reading challenges and what schools should be doing to support students. A handy appendix provides many resources.

    — Melinda L. Wawrzyniak on April 1, 2015

    Format: Kindle Edition

    We are finally seeing some progress in dyslexia awareness in this country and Dr. Selznick has made it easy for the education community to identify those who are at risk for dyslexia. He takes the reader through a step-by-step process and provides examples. With a book like this, there really are no more excuses for letting our bright and capable kids with dyslexia slip through the cracks.

    — K. Sandman-Hurley on March 10, 2015

    Shut-Down Learner

    It was with much joy that I read your book entitled “The Shut-Down Learner” recently. There are so many books out there that tell kids and their parents what’s wrong with them. Finally, a book that speaks to their strengths. As an advocate for the “non-labeling” approach to kids with learning differences, I was impressed with your ability to discuss the various types of reading, writing and spelling weaknesses while emphasizing the spatial giftedness that these children possess.

    The use of the vignettes was especially clever and certainly holds the reader’s interest, even those whose minds might wander easily. The spatial resources in the back were especially helpful and parents and professionals with interest in this topic can certainly make use of them. I will be recommending this book to the parents and students that I see in my practice as a must read.

    Carlo B. Melini, M.D.. FAAP, Clinical Associate, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    I have just received the Shut-Down Learner authored by Richard Selznick, Ph.D.  Dr. Selznick’s many years of working with children and parents is the foundation of his new book The Shut-Down Learner.  Immediately apparent is his keen eye that Dr. Selznick has for professional observation and his extraordinary empathy for the children and parents that are fortunate enough to cross his path.  Without resorting to professional jargon, Dr. Selznick has created a resource for parents and teachers that promotes insight and understanding, relieves guilt, and provides strategies for intervention.

    G. Emerson Dickman, J.D., President of the International Dyslexia Society

    Emerson Dickman is an attorney who, for over thirty years, has specialized in the representation of children with disabilities. Among the cases he has handled are leading precedents protecting the due process rights of pupils in special education and the constitutional rights of adults with developmental disabilities. Emerson has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association for 12 years and is currently the President.


    In reading Dr. Selznick’s book, I thought for a minute he was writing my biography!  I was one of those “shut down learners” who was called lazy almost every day.  I was a child who believed I was just not very bright, and I believed that for the first 30 years of my life.  And like the rest of us, I was filled with shame and self-loathing.  If this book was available to my teachers and my parents back then, how much suffering could have been avoided.  If your child is doing poorly in school, imagine how much suffering can still be avoided.

    This book is clear, informative and without jargon. But more important, in today’s world of ‘diagnose it and medicate it,’ Dr. Selznick humanizes very real children with very real problems.

    Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist

    Dr. Gottlieb hosts Voices in the Family, a psychology call-in  show on WHYY-FM, Philadelphia’s local NPR affiliate. Author of four books including the best-selling Letters to Sam.  He lectures nationally on the well-being of children and families.


    School Struggles

    An invaluable resource for parents and educators alike

    — August 27, 2012 (Amazon)

    Firmly grounded in theory and research and supported by the author’s considerable experience along with a dose of common sense, School Struggles masterfully expounds some common reasons many students struggle in school. Reading struggles, dyslexia, EFD’s (Executive Function Disorders), oppositional behavior, ADD/ADHD and social difficulties are all explained in a scientifically accurate manner that is not ridden with abstruse psychological jargon. Selznick is more concerned with helping students than with labeling them. For each area of difficulty, the author provides a clear explanation along with an anecdote from his years of experience as a psychologist to illustrate the problem. What is more, he provides a framework and practical techniques for overcoming each difficulty. Without pretending to offer magic solutions, Selznick offers principles for making the road through school less bumpy for the struggling student and for improving his/her skills in his/her respective area of difficulty.

    A recurring theme throughout all of the disorders analyzed in the book is that parents and educators should meet the student at his/her own level, even if that level is below his/her chronological age. Other core beliefs which run through all of the chapters are the importance of breaking the skill down into simpler steps and working on one aspect of that skill at a time, of setting firm expectations on behavior while avoiding the extremes of being too rigid or too lenient, and of explaining the students diffulty in positive, non-jargonesque terms. It is remarkable to find so much practical advice–much of which can be immediately applied–in such a short book and one which avoids oversimplifying.

    — Carlo B. Melini, M.D.. FAAP, Clinical Associate, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    School Struggles addresses common school concerns that keep parents awake at night. Dr. Selznick presents material in a comfortable, down-to-earth style that will provide comfort to parents. Parents will take away many great suggestions and ideas to keep in mind for their struggling children.

    Michele Borba, Ed.D. , Edcuational Psychologist, Author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions


    Dr. Selznick UNDERSTANDS THESE KIDS which is why his new book, School Struggles, is a very welcome addition to our resources for parents and professionals alike! In clear, no-jargon, non-pathologizing language, he describes the roadblocks encountered by many children and adolescents and provides practical, effective ways to help them along their rough roads. I highly recommend this book and appreciate Dr. Selznick’s willingness to share his accumulated wisdom and ideas with us.

    Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D., Co-author of Late, Lost & Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning


    Dr. Selznick did it again. His new book, School Struggles, is practical, powerful, and sensitive. Full of Tips and Takeaway Points, School Struggles will help parents better understand their children’s struggles and shows them how to help their children succeed. Insightful, straightforward, practical, and valuable: a book that will help parents do the right things while avoiding the all-too-common traps that hurt so many struggling learners and their families.

    Howard Margolis, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus, Reading Disabilities & Special Education, City University of New York


    Dr. Selznick’s new book helps parents understand their child as a whole person and why school may not be as easy for them as we all hope. More importantly, he helps you find ways to pinpoint particular struggles and address them, rather than waste time with solutions that are one-size-fits-all.

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