Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences

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In "The Gift of Neurodiversity", Armstrong argues that we have been too quick to pathologise brain differences. Indeed, in recent years, we have re-classified these differences, labeling many of them "disorders." What science actually suggests is that there are many different ways for our brains to be wired, and that there are actual "gifts" or "strengths" attached to some of these differences.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Lifelong, 2010
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780738214115
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 275 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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happygirl15 May 10, 2012

Recommended - Worth a read if you are interested in education, the brain, evolution or personal development. Incredible book that makes us question what society and our fears define as deficits or disabilities in individuals because we can't process them through our factory-line educational system. Are these differences just part of evolution? What would happen if we looked at their differences POSITIVELY - as strengths - like the software testing company that outperforms every competitor because their staff of "autistic" adults is so detail-oriented? It is my experience that best practices for special ed kids are also best practices for "regular" kids. EVERY person has strengths and weaknesses and our educational system will always be poor until that reality is addressed and processes are altered.

CSchmidt1 Dec 05, 2011

This was a great book that challenges readers to see the gifts that are inherent in people whose attributes are typically viewed from a medical (deficit/abnormality) perspective. As an individual who works in special education (which all education should be), I highly recommend this book. At the start of this book, the author recounts how he would prepare for I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) meetings by highlighting and summarizing every positive statement he found in a student's file. He would then share this with all of the participants at the start of the meeting. This was an effective way for him to shift the conversation to one of helping to maximize the individual's gifts rather than trying to re-mediate the deficits. This book does a great job of shifting the reader's perspective in the same way. A central tenet of this book is that successful individuals are those who can find or create a niche.


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