Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
School of Teaching and Learning
In this dissertation, I explored the portrayals of people with a specific learning disability or with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children's literature. Eighteen books were analyzed to determine what themes and messages were being conveyed to children.
The major themes were about friendship, and overcoming issues associated with a SLD or AD/HD. In addtion, the portrayals suggest that children with SLD and AD/HD have similar problems like their peers with these conditions. However, there were portrayals of stereotypical roles and usage of negative language.
Hayes, Elizabeth R., "Reflections of Self: Images of People with Specific Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorder in Children's Literature" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 262.