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The author and psychologist gives us a "travelogue" of her pregnancy while struggling to keep mental illness at bay
Hanna was more animal than child, and no one else wanted her in their classroom. Even in the school for emotionally disturbed children where Mary MacCracken taught, Hannah was considered a hopeless case. Could Mary reach her?
This research report, based on a multiphase survey of professionals, identifies important trends into the next century. Designed for administrators, policy planners and university instructors, as well as for direct service providers, Low Vision includes background overview papers by six eminent leaders in the low vision field.
Low vision rehabilitation is rapidly growing as a specialty practice for occupational therapists. This growth requires practical, evidence-based information on the evaluation and treatment of the effects of low vision on occupational performance. Responding to this need, Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists blends standards of practice that have been developed over 50 years by low vision therapists and optometrists, with the latest scientific research and the unique perspective of occupational therapists. Low Vision Rehabilitation presents an emerging model in which occupational therapists practice as part of a team of vision rehabilitation professionals serving adults with low vision. Occupational therapists offer a unique contribution to the vision rehabilitation team, with a focus on meaningful occupational goals, the incorporation of occupation into therapy, and the orchestration of environmental, social, and non-visual personal factors into a treatment plan. Mitchell Scheiman, Maxine Scheiman, and Stephen Whittaker have developed a practical and straightforward text outlining an evaluation approach to interventions that focus on recovering occupational performance in adults. Special features * Incorporates concepts from the AOTA Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process * Provides most of the core knowledge required for the ACVREP low vision certification examination and AOTA specialty certification in low vision * Includes an occupational therapy vision rehabilitation evaluation consisting of four components: occupational profile/case history, evaluation of visual factors, environmental evaluation, evaluation of occupational performance * Emphasizes intervention and low vision rehabilitation treatment including modification of the environment, use of non-optical assistive devices, use of optical devices, and use of computer technology * Provides valuable information on how to start an independent practice in low vision rehabilitation * Includes chapters on diabetic management and electronic assistive technology * Includes access to a companion website with printable forms and additional resources with text purchase Written by authors who are optometrists, occupational therapists, researchers, and certified low vision therapists (CLVT), Low Vision Rehabilitation employs an interdisciplinary perspective that is unique, practical, and credible.
A user friendly guide to current philosophies on up-to-date medical, optical, and technical information, and practical methodologies and adaptations for Students with Visual impairments.
Katie is a promising figure skater whose divorced mother drives her relentlessly to perfect her skills, at almost any expense. What her mother and coach don't know, but her English teacher begins to figure out, is that when Katie gets to an emotional edge, she hides and cuts herself; the pain and blood help focus her mind. Not until she goes over that edge one day at school and begins slamming her locker door on her hand and then banging her head on the wall does she begin to get the professional help she needs. After a couple of false starts, she finds a psychiatrist experienced in working with teens in trouble who enables her to tell truths she hasn't for years been able to admit to herself or speak of to anyone else. Her mother resists other adults' help and almost succeeds in getting her out of therapy, especially group therapy with girls her mother labels "delinquents." But Katie finally manages to make some choices against her mother's wishes--an immense step out of the depths of years of co-dependence. As the story ends, she has come to realize the girls in the group are capable of being real friends--something she hasn't had for a long while--and she is capable of making choices toward her own healing, the first of which is to seek and accept real help and to distinguish it from pleasing adults who are using her to assuage their own pain.
Facing up to a cheater at an elite soccer day camp and some difficult events at home helps eleven-year-old Lucy do some growing up during a summer which, while very different from the one she imagined, turns out to be just right.
British pianist George Shearing emigrated to the United States in 1947, going on to achieve success in an American jazz world impressed with the accomplishments of the blind musician. In his autobiography he narrates his childhood, his beginnings in music, and his activities and encounters in the world of jazz. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This easy-to-read book explains Lupus. How does Lupus affect people? What can be done if someone develops lupus?
The acclaimed book on macular degeneration--now completely revised and updated with cutting edge research and the latest developments in the field.More than fifteen million Americans have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and the disease will strike 200,000 more people this year. It is the most prevalent cause of vision loss in the western world. Dr. Lylas Mogk, the founding director of the Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center of the Henry Ford Health System, has a unique professional and personal understanding of AMD. A doctor and loving daughter of a parent with this frightening though manageable condition, Mogk here explains exactly what it is and how to limit its effect on your life. Reassuring and comprehensive--complete with illuminating first person stories of people with AMD--Macular Degeneration will help you or someone you love with information on* Reducing your risk factors* Revolutionary new technology, including laser surgery and alternative treatments* New research discoveries in nutrition--and eye-healthy recipes* The latest low-vision computer software programs* Coping with depression and frustration* Active online communities of people with macular degeneration Plus a Low Vision Living Rehab program to help you read better, see better, and live independently!From the Trade Paperback edition.
Dr. Lylas Mogk has a unique personal and professional understanding of AMD. This book explains how to successfully manage and limit its effect on a person's life.
This invaluable guide to living well with vision loss is the perfect blend of abundant factual material and real-life experience. The book's positive, take-charge approach offers reassurance, hope, and hundreds of proven techniques, strategies, and tips for both the newly diagnosed and those at later stages of their disease. "My Story" vignettes in each chapter describe the author's fears, foibles, and triumphs in challenging situations. Readers will identify with the author's experiences and be encouraged by knowing she successfully traveled the same path.
Mad at School explores the contested boundaries between disability, illness, and mental illness in the setting of U.S. higher education. Much of the research and teaching within disability studies assumes a disabled body but a rational and energetic (an 'agile') mind. In Mad at School, scholar and disabilities activist Margaret Price asks: How might our education practices change if we understood disability to incorporate the disabled mind?
This fascinating history of mind doctors and their patients probes the ways in which madness, badness, and sadness have been understood over the last two centuries. Lisa Appignanesi charts a story from the days when the mad were considered possessed to our own century when the official psychiatric manual lists some 350 mental disorders. Women play a key role here, both as patients "among them Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Marilyn Monroe" and as therapists. Controversially, Appignanesi argues that women have significantly changed the nature of mind-doctoring, but in the process they have also inadvertently highlighted new patterns of illness.
A mother whose child has had a cochlear implant tells Laura Mauldin why enrollment in the sign language program at her daughter's school is plummeting: "The majority of parents want their kids to talk." Some parents, however, feel very differently, because "curing" deafness with cochlear implants is uncertain, difficult, and freighted with judgment about what is normal, acceptable, and right. Made to Hear sensitively and thoroughly considers the structure and culture of the systems we have built to make deaf children hear.Based on accounts of and interviews with families who adopt the cochlear implant for their deaf children, this book describes the experiences of mothers as they navigate the health care system, their interactions with the professionals who work with them, and the influence of neuroscience on the process. Though Mauldin explains the politics surrounding the issue, her focus is not on the controversy of whether to have a cochlear implant but on the long-term, multiyear undertaking of implantation. Her study provides a nuanced view of a social context in which science, technology, and medicine are trusted to vanquish disability--and in which mothers are expected to use these tools. Made to Hear reveals that implantation has the central goal of controlling the development of the deaf child's brain by boosting synapses for spoken language and inhibiting those for sign language, placing the politics of neuroscience front and center.Examining the consequences of cochlear implant technology for professionals and parents of deaf children, Made to Hear shows how certain neuroscientific claims about neuroplasticity, deafness, and language are deployed to encourage compliance with medical technology.
When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet know the reason for her all-but-shattered young life. At age twenty-four, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type 1 rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disease there is. In Madness, in her trademark wry and utterly self-revealing voice, Hornbacher tells her new story. Through scenes of astonishing visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate attempts to control violently careening mood swings by self-starvation, substance abuse, numbing sex, and self-mutilation. How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and sometimes beautiful life and marriage-where bipolar always beckons-is at the heart of this brave and heart-stopping memoir.
A unique work that brings together a broad range of specialist disciplines to create a new perspective on social and physical exclusion from society. Brings a much needed comparative approach to the subject of disability. Confinement, hermaphrodites, killing of disabled children, leprosy, deafness, and funerary rituals are explored.
The author allows the reader to enter her personal "twilight zone," an inconsistent world of grayness brought on by the dual disability of hearing and sight loss. She uses specific events in her life to show the reader with these disabilities that they are not alone in fighting despair and confusion. Statements from others who have faced Usher syndrome and retinitis pigmentosa lend credence to the author's message: "giving up is not an answer." Recommended reading for family members and friends, professionals in the field, and persons with retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. -Linda Lindell, Information and Referral Coordinator Texas State Library Program for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
When cancer unexpectedly struck down Beverly Butler's guide dog, Una, it hurt to imagine another dog taking her place. Yet it was because of what Una and three other dedicated dogs before her had given her in terms of independence and dignity that made getting a new dog as certain as sunrise. In Maggie By My Side, she tells of the challenges, hazards, and joys of training with Maggie, her fifth guide dog since losing her sight at fourteen. It is also an account of the foibles, quirks, and devotion of the guide dogs who preceded Maggie. Part of the story is poignant--the anguish of Una's death--and part is hilarious--Maggie's introduction to the family cats. In this lively narrative we learn the history of guide dogs, what it takes to become a trainer, how new guide dogs come to be, and share in the vivid firsthand experiences that bring it all to life. This is a Junior Literary Guild selection, chosen as an outstanding book for boys and girls (A Group). Pictures are described.
The Magic Castle: A Mother's Harrowing True Story of Her Adoptive Son's Multiple Personalities and the Triumph of Healingby Carole Smith
"This is a true account of my experiences in successfully raising a child who suffered from multiple personality disorder. In writing the book, I have made extensive use of notes I took during therapy sessions and directly after encounters with alters, mental health personnel, a child placement organization, and the office of the district attorney. Occasionally, I have combined several similar events to avoid repetition. I was not present at the original incidents but I did observe many revivifications of the actual events. My belief in the truth of the personalities' revelations is based upon physical and circumstantial evidence and also occasional verification from witnesses. All of my encounters with the alters, including revivifications, have been accurately depicted and have not been exaggerated in any way. Many names, locations, and identifying details, including those of my family, have been changed or modified. The only names used in this book that have not been altered are those of Bill Conti, Dr. Steven J. Kingsbury, Dr. Nina Fish-Murray, Marie Párente, and Dr. Van der Kolk. The names of places and institutions that have not been changed are Boston Children's Hospital; Camp Wedicko; County District Attorneys Office; Massachusetts Department of Social Services; Massachusetts Mental Health Center; Mount Auburn Hospital; Northboro, Massachusetts; Robert F. Kennedy Residential School; and University of Massachusetts Acute Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Westboro. As a final note, when he was thirteen years old, my son wanted to sever all connections to the perpetrators and asked to have his first, middle, and last names changed. I gave him an old family name of mine, my husband's middle name, and, of course, our last name. It is important that the reader know of these changes. However, throughout this book I have simply called him Alex."
Eight vulnerable girls and their helpless teachers are forced off a school bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has a simple plan: one hostage an hour will die unless the demands are met. <P><P>Called to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's best hostage negotiator. He has a plan. But so does one of the hostages-a beautiful teacher who's willing to do anything to save the lives of her students. Now, the clock is ticking as a chilling game of cat and mouse begins.
Mainstreaming and the American Dream: Sociological Perspectives on Parental Coping with Blind and Visually Impaired Childrenby Howard Nixon II
Based on in-depth interviews with parents and professionals, this research monograph presents a sociological framework for looking at the needs and aspirations of parents of blind and visually impaired children.
What do a dog whistle that doesn't sound, a knife wielding killer at the opera and a poisoner and gun-attacking murder have in common? Captain Duncan Maclain, the blind detective must get to the bottom of these three exciting mysteries. In the Silent Whistle, he must discover who killed the young movie manager and where the money has gone. In the Melody in Death, who is killing with a knife the people at the Opera, and in the Murderer Who Wanted More, who is killing off people in the family and why is Bonnie the next target?
How the anti-ADA forces prevailed
This little handbook created by Guide Dog Users Inc. offers information, considerations and suggestions on what you should do when considering partnering with a guide dog. This book gives advice on what considerations you should take into account when choosing a guide dog school, questions and considerations you should ask yourself while in training. The book also gives an outline of what training is like, and things you should bring, as well, as things to help you as a new team after graduation. Advocacy is discussed as well as due process for those situations that can not be resolved. Excellent resource for anyone who is considering taking the plunge and working with a guide dog. And it is also good for those who arleady have a guide dog.
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