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A Practical Guide to Mental Health & Learning Disorders for Every Educator

How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed
(Revised & Updated Edition)


Covering topics including PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and many others, this accessible, ready-to-use reference explains how each disorder or difficulty might be exhibited in the classroom and offers straightforward suggestions for what to do (and what not to do). Using clear, jargon-free language, the book helps all educators—whether in inclusive classrooms, general education settings, or other environments—recognize mental health issues and learning disabilities that are often observed in students. Fully revised and updated to correspond to the DSM-5, this edition addresses newly diagnosed disorders, as well as incorporating the latest research and interventions for existing disorders. The book also includes current information about educational practices such as creating a culturally responsive classroom and supporting students’ social-emotional learning.

Digital content includes a PDF presentation and customizable forms from the book. A free downloadable PLC/Book Study Guide is available at

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ISBN: 978-1-63198-176-0
Audience: Educators and counselors of grades K–12
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 256
Digital Content: Includes a PDF presentation and all of the book’s customizable and printable forms.

Praise for A Practical Guide to Mental Health and Learning Disorders for Every Educator

A Practical Guide to Mental Health & Learning Disorders for Every Educator by Dr. Myles L. Cooley is just that: a comprehensive resource that is invaluable for all educators. New teachers will benefit from the range of topics such as setting up an effective classroom using PBIS strategies, to learning how to incorporate social-emotional learning approaches within the classroom structure, to unpacking popular education buzzwords such as grit and growth mindset. Veteran teachers and administrators will learn new tangible interventions rooted in best practices that can be immediately implemented to help address the ever-changing social-emotional needs of students with mental health challenges. As a school psychologist and former school counselor, I am most excited about the well-thought-out interventions and reproducible forms that I plan on using in both individual and group counseling settings. If you are looking for help in navigating the growing social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health demands that are being placed on educators, then this is the book for you.”—Jennifer D. BeardsleeM.Ed., Ed.S., NCSP, elementary school psychologist in Wakefield, Massachusetts

“This book is a must-have resource for any educator! Not only does it discuss many learning differences faced by today’s educators, it also lists behaviors and symptoms to look for as well as provides practical strategies and interventions for educators to use in the classroom. This book speaks the educator’s language and provides us with a tool that can be used in any grade.”—Dana Smith, 504 coordinator and high school English teacher in Hot Springs, Arkansas

“Dr. Cooley provides educational professionals with a down-to-earth guide to understanding mental health disorders in adolescents. A Practical Guide to Mental Health and Learning Disorders for Every Educator is a comprehensive collection of forms, statistics, and anecdotes. Beyond that, Cooley offers what other publications on this topic have failed to provide: He dispenses valuable information on culturally responsive pedagogy and disproportionality in disciplinary practices for minority students. I highly recommend this guide to every educator and teacher-preparation program.”—Ruba Monem, Ed.D., K–12 educator in Miami, Florida

“When it comes to finding effective strategies to help with behavior and academic difficulties in the classroom, every teacher longs for a ‘go-to’ reference. That is what you get with A Practical Guide to Mental Health & Learning Disorders for Every Educator. Part one provides interventions that are proactive, preventative, and beneficial to all students. Dr. Cooley guides readers in effectively creating classroom policies and procedures as well as fostering cultural awareness. He stresses that early intervention is equally important for children with mental health disorders as it is for children with learning disorders, and he shares sensible approaches to help teachers communicate with parents as well as collaborate with school personnel. Part two of the book contains descriptions of mental health and learning disorders. Dr. Cooley starts by defining each disorder and then presents behaviors and symptoms that school staff may observe. Next, he provides strategies and interventions to try in the classroom, followed by appropriate professional treatments. Teaching is one of the most challenging professions, but with a book like this at their disposal, teachers can be confident that they have a tool to help them be successful.”—Amy Peters, M.A.Ed., elementary special education teacher in Sioux City, Iowa

Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health and Learning Disorders
A Free Webinar with Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D.

Join Free Spirit’s edWeb community, Social-Emotional Learning, Positive Behavior, and Student Achievement, to take a short quiz based on the webinar below and earn a free CE credit.

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June 24, 2019 / Autumn Shaffer
My absolute favorite resource

I use this book to provide information about different mental health disorders and help me and my team come up with strategies that we can use in the classroom. This book has been so useful and eye-opening in my current practice.

June 24, 2019 / Karen Greenberg - Arizona
I can’t wait to share this book with the staff I work with.

I am currently reading “A Practical Guide to Mental Health & Learning Disorders for Every Educator” and am loving it. Five stars! I can’t wait to share this book with the staff I work with.

June 24, 2019 / D. Smith
Every educator should have a copy

I love “A Practical Guide to Mental Health & Learning Disorders for Every Educator.” I think it is extremely helpful and I purchased one for my counselor. I think every educator should have a copy.


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