ERIC Number: ED453607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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The Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty Learning.
Guyer, Barbara P.
This book tells the stories of eight people with above average to highly gifted levels of intellect, who also have significant, previously unrecognized and undiagnosed, learning disabilities. Their discovery of their true abilities and gifts after years of humiliation within the educational system and the trials of daily life is detailed. The individuals whose personal histories are described include: (1) Greta, a woman diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after she completed medical school; (2) Richie, a young boy with hyperactivity, whose mother was "blamed" for his troubles in school; (3) Craig, a college student, whose mother "seemed to be accustomed to fighting for her son," who wanted to be like everyone else; (4) Andy, also a college student, for whom the recurring message of "you are just too dumb to learn" led to a sense of sadness; (5) Eric, a medical student with an IQ in the highly gifted range, who lost confidence in himself and was rescued by a perceptive and well-informed dean; (6) Wanda, who is both the wife of a successful businessman and illiterate; (7) Dave, who is intelligent, well-informed, and perceptive, but unable to write a letter to a dying friend; and (8) Cornelius, a college athlete with an IQ close to the superior range, who went through his school system labeled as mentally retarded. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Attention Deficit Disorders, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Case Studies, Children, Clinical Diagnosis, Coping, Gifted Disabled, Labeling (of Persons), Learning Disabilities, Life Events, Personal Narratives, Reading Difficulties, Self Concept, Social Bias
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