Understanding Learning and Related Disabilities: Inconvenient Brains

Martha Bridge Denckla '58

Drawing on cognitive and behavioral neurology, Understanding Learning and Related Disabilities: Inconvenient Brains outlines how the interrelationships of brain, environment, and behavior produce developmental disorders, and provides a basis for evidence-based, differentiated plans for what is taught when and to whom. Inspired by her efforts to explain these conditions to parents over 45 years of clinical practice, Martha Bridge Denckla '58 provides a science-based understanding of the issues in an accessible format. (Routledge, 2018)

Denckla is an honors graduate of Harvard Medical School who trained in cognitive/behavioral neurology with Norman Geschwind. She has worked in hospitals affiliated with Columbia and Harvard Universities before the longest span of her career at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins. For half a century she has devoted clinical and research efforts to developmental learning disabilities and related school problems, contributing to more than 200 publications.