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  1. 0 reviews 0 5 4.5 4 out of 5 stars 4.5/5
    7.7 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference. Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled—a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. Major new sources—Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors’ letters, and exclusive family interviews—bring Rosemary to life as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then, as the family’s standing reached an apex, the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret. Rosemary delivers a profoundly moving coda: JFK visited Rosemary for the first time while campaigning in the Midwest; she had been living isolated in a Wisconsin institution for nearly twenty years. Only then did the siblings understand what had happened to Rosemary and bring her home for loving family visits. It was a reckoning that inspired them to direct attention to the plight of the disabled, transforming the lives of millions.

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    Rosemary by Kate Clifford Larson

    Rosemary

    7.7 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 11.8 hrs • 8/6/2012 • Unabridged

    Peg Dawson, EdD, and Richard Guare, PhD, present an innovative program to strengthen kids’ abilities to plan ahead, follow through, and get things done. There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Doctors Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many children who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”—the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses and use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills and to problem solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements, and this empowering book shows how.

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    Smart but Scattered

    11.8 hrs • 8/6/12 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Beth is a spirited woman with an intellectual disability who spends nearly every day riding the buses in her Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. Beth, who lives independently and has a boyfriend, is a joyful, endearing, and feisty individual. Her single sister, Rachel, a writer and professor, masks her emotional isolation and loneliness behind her hyperbusy schedule. When Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on the buses for one year, they take a transcendent journey that changes Rachel’s life in incredible ways, leads her to accept her sister at long last—and teaches her to slow down and enjoy the ride. Rachel Simon’s memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister was made into a television movie starring Rosie O’Donnell and Andie McDowell, directed by Anjelica Huston.

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    Riding the Bus with My Sister

    9.4 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  4. 9.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Priscilla Gilman had the greatest expectations for the birth of her first child. Growing up in New York among writers and artists, Gilman experienced childhood as a whirlwind of imagination and creative play. Later, as a student and scholar of Wordsworth, she embraced the poet's romantic view of children—and eagerly anticipated her son's birth, certain that he, too, would come "trailing clouds of glory." But her romantic vision would not be fulfilled in the ways she dreamed. Though Benjamin was an extraordinary child, the signs of his remarkable precocity were also manifestations of a developmental disorder that would require intensive therapies and special schooling, and would dramatically alter the course Priscilla had imagined for her family. In The Anti-Romantic Child, a memoir full of lyricism and light, Gilman explores the complexity of our hopes for our children, our families, and ourselves, and the ways in which experience can lead us to reimagine those hopes and expectations. Using Wordsworth's poetry as a touchstone, she speaks intimately of her poignant journey through crisis and disenchantment to a place of peace and resilience. Gilman illuminates the flourishing of life that occurs when we embrace the unexpected, and shows how events and situations often perceived as setbacks can actually enrich us. The Anti-Romantic Child is a courageous and inspiring synthesis of memoir and literature, one that resonates long after you finish the last page. The Anti-Romantic Child, Gilman's first book, was excerpted in Newsweek magazine and featured on the cover of its international edition in April 2011. It was an NPR Morning Edition Must-Read, Slate's Book of the Week, selected as one the Best Books of 2011 by the Leonard Lopate Show, and chosen as a Best Book of 2011 by The Chicago Tribune. The Anti-Romantic Child was one of five nominees for a Books for a Better Life Award for Best First Book.

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    The Anti-Romantic Child

    9.4 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  5. 11.8 hrs • 3/27/2012 • Unabridged

    The extraordinary and moving story of Carly Fleischmann, a teenager with severe autism who, through technology and today’s social networks, has become a passionate advocate for kids everywhere. At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at age ten, Carly had a breakthrough. While sitting in her kitchen with her devoted therapist Howie, Carly reached over to the laptop and typed “MEAN,” referring to Howie’s efforts to get her to do her work for the day. She then went on to further explain her recalcitrant mood by typing “TEETH HURT,” much to Howie’s astonishment. This was the beginning of Carly’s journey toward self-realization. Although Carly still struggles with all the symptoms of autism, which she describes with uncanny accuracy and detail, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family, her therapists, and the thousands of people who follow her via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter. A 2009 segment on 20/20 brought her story to national attention, and she has since appeared on television with Larry King, Ellen DeGeneres, and Holly Robinson Peete, all of whom have developed warm relationships with her. In Carly’s Voice, her father, Arthur Fleischmann, blends Carly’s own words with his story of getting to know his remarkable daughter. One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism, it brings listeners inside a once-secret world in the company of an inspiring young woman who has found her voice and her mission.

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    Carly's Voice

    By Arthur Fleischmann, with Carly Fleischmann
    11.8 hrs • 3/27/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.3 hrs • 10/26/2011 • Unabridged

    An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the “dummy class” in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition. In this moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prizewinning poet by sheer force of determination. His balancing act—life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer—reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind.

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    My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz

    My Dyslexia

    2.3 hrs • 10/26/11 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.1 hrs • 2/27/2008 • Unabridged

    With decades of experience working with ADD children, Dr. Edward Hallowell has long argued that ADD is too often misunderstood, mistreated, and mislabeled as a “disability.” Now he teams up with top academic ADD researcher Peter S. Jensen, MD, to bring you an invaluable new approach to helping your ADD child. Superparenting for ADD offers a specific game plan including –Unconditional love — Tune out the diagnosticians and simply nourish the spirit of your child for who he is. –Viewing the mirror traits — Recognize the positive sides of the negative symptoms associated with ADD: stubbornness = persistence; impulsiveness = creativity; intrusiveness = eagerness. –The cycle of excellence — Nurture an environment in which a child can safely take risks, reserve time to let a child dabble as a way to learn, encourage playful practice, support mastery of a skill, and then recognize a child’s accomplishments. Dr. Edward Hallowell is a bestselling author and himself a man with attention deficit disorder. Peter S. Jenson, MD, is one of the country’s foremost academics on ADD and the father of an ADD child. Their combined expertise has created a book that is sure to become an invaluable parenting resource and a classic in ADD literature. It will help parents unlock the gifts of ADD.

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    Superparenting for ADD by Edward M. Hallowell, MD, Peter S. Jensen, MD
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  8. 13.3 hrs • 8/30/2004 • Unabridged

    In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder–all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD. As Hallowell and Ratey point out, “attention deficit disorder” is a highly misleading description of an intriguing kind of mind. Original, charismatic, energetic, often brilliant, people with ADD have extraordinary talents and gifts embedded in their highly charged but easily distracted minds. Tailored expressly to ADD learning styles and attention spans, Delivered from Distraction provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime. Inside you’ll discover whether ADD runs in familiesnew diagnostic procedures, tests, and evaluationsthe links between ADD and other conditionshow people with ADD can free up their inner talents and strengthsthe new drugs and how they work, and why they’re not for everyoneexciting advances in nonpharmaceutical therapies, including changes in diet, exercise, and lifestylehow to adapt the classic twelve-step program to treat ADDsexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve themstrategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness ADD is a trait, a way of living in the world. It only becomes a disorder when it impairs your life. Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, Delivered from Distraction is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside. If you have ADD or care about someone who does, this is the book you must read.

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    13.3 hrs • 8/30/04 • Unabridged
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  9. 14.0 hrs • 1/1/2004 • Unabridged

    From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia comes the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help one understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels—as well as for their parents, teachers, and tutors—this book can make a difference. Dr. Shaywitz’s book is a trusted source to turn to for information, advice, guidance, and explanation. Her cutting-edge research is translated into an easy-to-follow plan of action, offering help and hope to all who have reading problems and to their families as well. In this book you will learn: –What dyslexia is and why some intelligent, gifted people read slowly and painfully –How to identify dyslexia in preschoolers, schoolchildren, young adults, and adults –How to find the best school and how to work productively with your child’s teacher –Exercises to help children use the parts of the brain that control reading –A twenty-minute nightly home program to enhance reading –The 150 most common problem words—a list that can give your child a head start –Ways to raise and preserve a child’s self-esteem and reveal his strengths –Stories of successful men and women who are dyslexic

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    Overcoming Dyslexia by Dr. Sally Shaywitz

    Overcoming Dyslexia

    14.0 hrs • 1/1/04 • Unabridged
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  10. 1.2 hrs • 10/1/2003 • Unabridged

    Hardly a week goes by without a story in the national media about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Record numbers of children—even preschoolers—are being diagnosed with ADD and prescribed powerful medicines. For those who suffer from ADD or hyperactivity, there are effective natural and alternative treatments. Dealing with a child who is inattentive, overly talkative, impulsive, and excessively irritable can be difficult and often times they are misdiagnosed. In this new book, Dr. Colbert discusses the importance of nutrition and diet for prevention of ADD, and new medical breakthroughs that give hope to all who are afflicted and for family members.

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  11. 1.5 hrs • 4/1/1996 • Abridged

    Millions of adults and children are discovering that the reason they can't seem to get organized, stop procrastinating, sit still, pay attention, and finish what they started is not a lack of self-discipline but, rather, an inborn neurological condition: Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD.   From the authors of Driven to Distraction -- their bestselling study of Attention Deficit Disorder -- here is the new book that provides essential information for all those concerned with ADD: the estimated 15 million Americans suffering from it, their families and friends, and concerned professionals. In Answers to Distraction, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey respond to the questions about ADD. The result is a "user's guide" to ADD presented in a question-and-answer format ideal for even the most distractable listener. Accessible, concise, and leavened with humor, Answers to Distraction is an indispensable primer for anyone interested in, or affected by, Attention Deficit Disorder. The bestselling authors of Driven to Distraction respond to the most frequently asked questions about Attention Deficit Disorder.

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