"Hanging by a Twig is one of the best books of its kind that
I have read (and I have read quite a few!). What distinguishes this volume
is the authors' breadth of knowledge and the depth of their compassion.
The reader gets not only excellent information but also sensitive treatment
of the emotional issues that so dog and complicate the world of learning
problems and ADD. I will treasure this book and recommend it to everyone
interested in the topic."
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
This book brings psychotherapists and counselors into the personal
dimension of learning disabilities and provides them with practical insights
and guidelines for assessment and treatment. Carol Wren shares compelling
stories of adults with LD and ADD, whose own words reveal their anger, depression,
and anxiety as they struggle to succeed in work and life. Listen, for instance,
to Mary, whose metaphor provides the title of the book:
Cognitive and emotional issues often interact in very subtle ways
and can affect the LD client's perception, communication, self-esteem, and
personality development. These interactions have powerful external consequences
as well, including strained family relationships, poor work histories, and
the inability to "read" people and form friendships. LD and ADD
can also keep clients from participating meaningfully in talk therapy. Wren's
framework encourages readers to listen for LD and ADD in their adult clients.
Successful treatment begins with the psychotherapist's ability to understand a client's experiential world and establish an emotionally healing relationship based on that understanding. Wren's framework of personal stories and information about learning disabilities highlights this experiential world and shows professional readers how to listen for LD and ADD in their adult clients. Jay Einhorn's psychotherapeutic commentary adds specific guidance on treatment, so therapists can recognize their LD clients' cognitive limitations and their compensatory ways of dealing with the world.
(From the dustjacket)
Published by W.W. Norton: NY & London, 2000.