Asthma: The Ultimate Teen Guideby Penny Hutchins Paquette
Asthma is growing at an alarming rate with a 75 percent increase between 1980 and 1993. Today, 17 million Americans have been diagnosed with this potentially deadly disease. Many of them are teenagers. This easy-to-read handbook helps teens understand asthma and provides them with the history, medical treatment options, and cutting edge research about asthma that will allow them to take a proactive role in the management of their illness. Teens will not only find the factual information they are looking for, but will also enjoy reading loads of interviews with other teenagers who have asthma and find out how they feel about taking medication, what it feels like to have an asthma attack, and how they deal with inquiries from their friends.
The Ultimate Teen Guide is an excellent series of books. The authors are qualified; e.g., the author of Sexual Decisions has a Ph.D. in child and adolescent development, an Ed.M. in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and currently teaches human sexuality and women’s health at the university level. She certainly mentions abstinence, and more importantly, she makes sure teenagers understand which sexual practices count as abstinence and which don’t. She covers just about any possible sexual choice or situation teenagers may wonder about. The book Stress Relief is especially important in the series, since it must speak to just about every teenager. The author is a physical education teacher at a Waldorf school, and he is a certified Rolfer, nutritional consultant, and spiritual practitioner. The main principle is that each person has within himself the ability to be calm and at peace, regardless of the outside influences in each life that make a person feel stressed. The big three approaches are: exercise, good nutrition, and good sleep. He also discusses breathing techniques and meditation. He talks about how perfectionism, guilt, shame, and fear work against us and how to deal with these feelings. He recommends therapy for those who find it difficult to understand why they feel the way they do. His “voice” is encouraging and reasonable. Asthma and Diabetes cover all the basics and focus on teenagers coping with these diseases. The longer book Learning Disabilities is helpful, again especially so since it explains these complex problems in a way adolescents can understand. Reviewer: ClaireRosser
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)
Meet the Author
Penny Paquette had her first asthma attack more than 25 years ago. She is an educational writer and former school librarian. Penny is the coauthor of Learning Disabilities: The Ultimate Teen Guide.
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