Living with Disorders and Disabilities Reviews

Living with Learning Disabilities: ISBN 978-1-68282-481-8/ eBook: 978-1-68282-484-9
Booklist, February 15, 2019

While many people are familiar with dyslexia, the Learning Disabilities Association of America recognizes seven specific learning disabilities. This entry in the Living with Disorders and Disabilities series (6 titles) not only identifies these learning disabilities but also looks at how individuals live with them. As it explains how a learning disability is a neurological disorder that can cause people to struggle with reading, writing, math, and social cues, the volume also debunks many myths. For example, students with learning disabilities aren’t lazy and are actually of average or even above-average intelligence! More chapters cover possible causes of learning disabilities, why it can be difficult to spot learning disabilities, how learning disabilities impact daily life, and strategies for managing learning disabilities. The straightforward text gives readers a balanced perspective, weaving both facts from learning disability resources and personal narratives, while sidebars and color photos break up larger passages. The book is not meant as an in-depth guide for diagnosis and intervention, but rather as a helpful overview for student research and understanding.
— Angela Leeper

Living with PTSD: ISBN 978-1-68282-489-4/ eBook: 978-1-68282-480-1
Living with ADHD: ISBN 978-1-68282-479-5/ eBook: 978-1-68282-482-5
Living with Learning Disabilities: ISBN 978-1-68282-481-8/ eBook: 978-1-68282-484-9
Living with Panic­Disorder: ISBN 978-1-68282-485-6/ eBook: 978-1-68282-486-3
Living with Phobias: ISBN 978-1-68282-487-0/ eBook: 978-1-68282-488-7
Living with OCD: ISBN 978-1-68282-483-2/ eBook: 978-1-68282-490-0
School Library Journal, November 2018

Gr 6-8—Discussions on mental health still have much stigma attached to them, yet are quite often a reality for young people. Six conditions are explored in depth, striving to alleviate some of that stigma. Through both real and fictitious accounts, readers are given a broader picture of each disorder, its symptoms and diagnoses, various treatment options, and the realities of daily life for those living with it. The value mindfulness provides as a coping strategy is examined, and contact information for many support agencies is provided as well. The authors expand their coverage across all ages; disorders often associated with childhood or adulthood do not limit themselves to those specific stages but instead often have deep-seated roots and far-reaching repercussions. Overall, the focus is holistic and touches on ways that mental illness can affect more than just the person diagnosed. VERDICT A solid purchase that is gentle yet extensively researched.