Gray Matter, Matters by Dr. Jeheudi Mes Onyemachi Vuai
Reflections on Child Brain Injury and Erroneous Educational Practices

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Gray Matter, Matters is a book that will revolutionize school and clinical practices. For the first time, professionals in the educational domain will be challenged to rethink by which method children with brain injury are to receive services. Neurodevelopmental disorders are frequently misdiagnosed as “learning disabilities."" These disorders of childhood are presumed to be of psychological origin. This book discusses the myth of “learning disabilities,” “emotional disturbances” and ""other health impaired."" The use of labels to remediate neurodevelopmental disorders is inappropriate and may lead to school dropout.

Nontraumatic brain injury (NTBI) typically results from biological and/or environmental factors. As such, NTBI will be manifest as learning, speech and language, motor, emotional and behavioral disturbances. These children do not have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The lack of knowledge of the brain-behavior relationship leads to erroneous educational practices. When these practices are applied, children are punished for their inability to attain academic mastery. Teachers may be incorrectly blamed for failing to help children move out of the cycle of failure. When children present with learning, emotional or behavioral difficulties, professionals in the schools typically overlook biological antecedents. In this book, childhood disorders will be explained from a neurodynamic perspective. Now children with nontraumatic brain injury will finally get the recognition and assistance they need. Educators are challenged to embrace the tenets of cognitive neuroscience.
This is a must read for parents and professionals who desire to move children through the continuum of academic progress.

About Dr. Jeheudi Mes Onyemachi Vuai

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The author is a cognitive neuroscientist and board certified neuropsychologist. He teaches in the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and the School of Education, Department of Counseling and School Psychology at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. He has lectured widely on neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood and adolescence to physicians, educators, administrators, parents, pre med students and other specialists. He is currently studying biomedical science. The author enjoys listening to music, exercising and spending time with family and friends. He currently resides in Miami, Florida.
Published December 16, 2011 by AuthorHouse. 379 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Pervasive failure in the American classroom is attributed to undiagnosed brain injuries in this critical analysis of why some students still can’t read or do math.

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