Reviews and Awards
"Dedicated to teachers who refused to give up on her as a 'scatterbrain,' Porterfield (psychology, Oglala Lakota College) provides a primer on rising to the challenges of the common but often hidden problem of learning disabilities. Includes resource and reading lists."
"By tracing the experiences of three fictionalized students, Gary, Wanda, and Nathan, Porterfield describes what it is like to live with a learning disability, including performing unevenly on tests, struggling to follow directions, having difficulty getting organized, reading very slowly, being easily frustrated, and being seen as immature or dumb. She discusses how and why learning disabilities happen, the different types of disabilities, the emotional impact of the disability, as well as diagnosis and treatment. She devotes a chapter to how people with LD can rise to the challenge of their disability and mentions people who have made great contributions, including Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Stevie Wonder, and Steven Spielberg. The author's own experience with a learning disability is poignantly described in the preface, adding resonance to her subject. Her talent for organizing information has produced an accessible book, but more than that, she offers reassurance. Also included are organizations that offer help, resources on the Internet, and a bibliography."