Books for adults with learning difficulties.
August 6, 2010 2:23 PM Subscribe
Interesting, intelligent, but easy-to-read and understand books for an adult with stroke-related brain damage?
posted by cilantro to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Looking for books for a 52 year old woman in rehabilitation after a series of debilitating strokes. Previously, she was a voracious reader - she especially seemed to enjoy hard science fiction, Stephen King-type horror, and complex, well-written fantasy. She treasured her old issues of Omni magazine and kept subscriptions to National Geographic, so natural history and future technology are interests, as well.
I would say, as a guess based on a letter she recently wrote, that her verbal skills are around a third grade level at the moment. I was told that she is finding herself extremely frustrated by her inability to read and understand the kinds of books she used to enjoy. So I am trying to find books that she can handle that are not in any way childish or patronising, which will hold her interest and challenge her still-sharp intellect, and which she will not be embarrassed to be seen reading (this is a particular issue - her shame at her condition is a stumbling block to her recovery). I know lots of people enjoy and cherish well written children's books, but that's not what I'm looking for here. Books for adults only please.