Learning Disabilities – Stress & mental health

Feasibility study on literacy and mental health.
Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy. Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy, 2007.
Also available online at http://www.occl.ca/pubs/feastudy/feastudy.pdf
»Research-based practice suggestions for adults with serious mental illness as well as literacy needs.

Just ask!: a handbook for instructors of students being treated for mental disorders.

Howard S. Davidson. Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises, 1993.
»Written for literacy instructors, coordinators and tutors, this book looks at the effects on learning of mental health problems and their treatment. It suggests strategies for instructors to use. Included are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders and brain injury disorders.

Learning journeys: a handbook for tutors and managers in adult education working with people with mental health difficulties.
Joy Mather & Sue Atkinson. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2003.
»Looks at how mental health difficulties affect learning, how tutors can provide access and support learning, and the support needs of tutors.

Living with stress.
Judy Murphy. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2005.
»This book for learners helps you identify stressors in life and offers strategies for calming minds and bodies. This easy to read book contains over 40 illustrations.

Managing stress to improve learning program notes. (Website)
Boston, MA: World Education, 2012.
Available at www.nelrc.org/managingstress/
»This website contains the resources of a project that explores the use of mind-body approaches and expressive arts to reduce stress and promote learning. Includes background information, research findings, lesson plans and teaching suggestions.

Mental health and the adult refugee: the role of the ESL teacher. (Online)
Myrna Ann Adkins & Barbara Sample. Washington, DC: CAELA, 1999.
Available at http://www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/digests/mental.html
»Briefly discusses qualities of mental health, stresses faced by refugees, and three things teachers can do to help students adjust.

Move the body, stretch the mind.
Judy Murphy. Edmonton, AB: Windsound Learning, 2008.
»Written for adults in literacy and other learning programs, this book promotes mind/body balance and activities that support learning including breath work, stretching, relaxation exercises and meditation.

The other sixteen hours: the social and emotional problems of dyslexia.

Michael Ryan. Baltimore, MD: International Dyslexia Association, 1997.

Smart but stuck: how resilience frees imprisoned intelligence from learning disabilities. 2nd ed.
Myrna Orenstein. New York: Haworth, 2007.
»This book explores the emotional aspects of learning disabilities and imprisoned intelligence, showing how and why smart people with learning disabilities are resilient. It includes material on the relationship between learning disabilities and neuroscience.

Stress management: self-care handbook.
Deerfield, MA: Channing L. Bete Co., 2005.
»This handbook includes a number of useful tips for reducing stress.

Why zebras don’t get ulcers. 3rd ed.
Robert M. Sapolsky. New York: Henry Holt, 2004.
»This updated third edition combines recent research with practical advice and humour to explain how prolonged stress can create or worsen physical and mental afflictions. Insights and suggestions for controlling responses to stress are offered.