Recommended Reads

Worthy Read: Life As We Know It

I read this book a couple years back as part of a requirement for a Child Language Disorders class.  I have to admit that I was a bit annoyed at being asked to choose a book related to the class to “read for fun” when we already had so much text-book reading to do.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love to read all kinds of books; it was merely an issue of time (or a lack thereof).  In my efforts to complete the assignment, I stumbled across the book I’m about to share with you and dove in with no expectations other than checking one more task of the list for my class.  What I discovered was a touching, personal, and honest glimpse into the lives of a family raising a son with Down Syndrome, and the young boy’s journey through the first few years of life as he tries to find his place in a world made for typical kids.

Back Cover Summary:

Little Jamie Bérubé loves tacos, pizza, Bob Marley, and B.B. King.  He can do a convincing imitation of a waiter.  Jamie Bérubé also has Down Syndrome, a fact that keeps many of the grownups who meet him from seeing him as anything but “disabled.”  In this wrenching yet genuinely inspiring book, Jamie’s father, the literary critic Michael Bérubé, tells us what it has been like to raise this lively, loving, mischievous boy.  But more than this, Bérubé shows us how to “see”-and how learning to see such a child can in turn change our vision of our society and ourselves.

Perhaps a bit of an oldie (published in 1996), but definitely a goodie!  ENJOY!

Recommended Reads

2 Great Reads About Left Neglect and Alzheimer’s

I know you’re busy with therapy, paperwork, billing, and everything else that seems to come up during the day, but here are 2 books that you should curl up with this weekend.  Bring a box of tissues and a cup of tea because you won’t want to put these down:

Still Alice

Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighbourhood she realises that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer’s disease. She is only 50 years old.

Left Neglected

Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus. A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt. A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.

**I’ll admit that it’s rather unlikely that a TBI patient would experience left-sided neglect as her only post-accident symptom, but the glimpse into the life of someone with neglect is insightful and thought-evoking!

For more on the author of these books, Lisa Genova, and her current projects, visit her blog!