Smart but Stuck

Smart but Stuck

How Resilience Frees Imprisoned Intelligence From Learning Disabilities

Book - 2007 | 2nd ed
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Learn how smart people with learning gaps struggle, survive, and achieve

Smart But Stuck, Second Edition is an updated look at how smart people with learning gaps can not only overcome them, but become successful in learning—and life. The new edition of this classic explores the emotional aspects of learning disabilities and imprisoned intelligence, showing how—and why—smart people with learning disabilities are resilient in getting help in order to struggle, survive, and achieve. The book also includes new material on the relationship between learning disabilities and neuroscience and a new foreword by Joseph Palombo, Founding Dean of the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago.

This unique and compelling new version takes into account that the reader may have a learning disability, so it's easy to read and understand. Topics build on each other so the reader's knowledge becomes cumulative without dramatic effect and so emotional, biological, and social issues are easily integrated as the reader learns to turn a learning disability into an advantage.

From the author:
“Resilience is the capacity to bounce back; in individuals with LD it's a powerful tool. When people hit the chasm, shame is the outcome. People can withdraw and give up. (Some people take solace in substance abuse to ease the emotional pain.) Others keep trying. In the process of not giving up, people learn to keep hope alive because eventually new opportunities for learning become possible.”

Smart But Stuck, Second Edition examines:
* imprisoned intelligence and resilience—how does it happen?
* shame and resilience
* discovery and diagnosis
* learning to live with the diagnosis
* new reflections
* resilience and fulfilling potential
* neurocognitive foundations of learning disorders
* self-psychology and imprisoned intelligence
* psychotherapy
* fortitude and flexibility in people with learning disabilities
* and much more

    Smart But Stuck, Second Edition is a must-read for people with learning disabilities and their families, psychotherapists, social workers, educators, parents, vocational counselors, and college counselors.  Please visit for more information.

    Book News
    The absentminded professors, the gifted writers who cannot spell, the engineers who cannot stand up and speak at meetings--these are people who are skilled in some areas but may be affected by learning disabilities that hamper their communication, memory or focus, and they constitute some 20 percent of the US population. Practitioner Orenstein writes for them and their families, health care providers and teachers as she describes how bright people with learning disabilities can turn what appear to be disadvantages into advantages. She describes the alternatives of shame and resilience, causes of learning disability, and the ways successful people with learning disorders use individually-tailored methods of response to diagnosis, psychotherapy and self-psychology. Orenstein provides new material on the neuro-cognitive roots of learning disorders for this edition and although she is focused on individual fortitude, she provides motivation with relatively little blame. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

    Publisher: New York : Haworth Press, c2007
    Edition: 2nd ed
    ISBN: 9780789029454
    Branch Call Number: 616.85889 ORE 2007
    Characteristics: xxiii, 283 p. ; 22 cm


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