Asthma: The Ultimate Teen Guideby Penny Hutchins Paquette
This easy-to-read guide provides specific information that teens can use to better monitor and manage their illness and improve their quality of life while living with asthma. What happens in the body during an attack, what specific triggers might make asthma worse, medications that can help, and symptoms that signal asthma is getting worse are all covered. Teens
This easy-to-read guide provides specific information that teens can use to better monitor and manage their illness and improve their quality of life while living with asthma. What happens in the body during an attack, what specific triggers might make asthma worse, medications that can help, and symptoms that signal asthma is getting worse are all covered. Teens will not only find factual information to take a proactive role in the management of their illness, but they will also enjoy reading interviews with other teens who have asthma and finding 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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