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Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits

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Through recognizing the different levels and kinds of giftedness, this book provides an insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with attention difficulties. Explaining why certain children are gifted and how giftedness is manifested, each chapter on a specific topic addresses the relevance for children with AD/HD and Asperger Syndrome. Lovecky ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published November 15th 2003 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Truly a GREAT resource for teachers, counselor, parents. Please don’t let the “gifted” titled fool you since this is a book for everyone with these disorders – specifically Asperger’s and AD/HD. I thought I knew a lot about these issues, but this book completely opened up my mind. One of best aspects of this book is that the author not only focuses on areas of weaknesses (while offering SPECIFIC strategies to overcome them), but she also focuses on the many strengths that people with these probl ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book and I think it would be of benefit to both teachers and writers and of course parents. Chapter 4, entitled 'Cognitive Issues: How Those with a Different Mind Think' was most illuminating. Deirdre V. Lovecky argues that 'young gifted children ask many interesting questions.' She states that many of the questions are about the big issues of life and death. She mentions a child who 'after being read the Eugene Field poem about the gingham dog and calico cat who fought an ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Tiger rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book, I bought five copies after my first two copies never returned from loans. I now have two of those five left. This book is research based, yet easy to read and interpret. It gives invaluable information about how AD/HD and other learning differences impact learning as well as how multiple learning differences impact recommended accommodations. For example, accommodations for a student with AD/HD are not necessarily appropriate for a student who is both gifted and AD/HD. ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: our-brains
What a rich, insightful book. It is information dense, which is probably either a pro or a con depending on your style, but it worked well for me. The author assumes that you want information and that you can handle the content--a much appreciated change of tune from so many books that seem to be a little too basic.

I read this with the intention of gaining insight on my children, and was surprised to also found my childhood self in this book. It unlocked my understanding of areas of my life that
Oct 31, 2013 Cara rated it it was amazing
I purchased three copies of this book. One was for myself, one was for my mom and one was for the Gifted Center at the local university. This work offers valuable insights into the little understood and often confusing twice-exceptional world. Lovecky untangles the intertwined and nebulous strands of giftedness and Adhd, AS etc. without totally losing the unique and individual manifestations that occur.
Angela Wade
Unbelievably detailed and *extremely* helpful!
Nov 21, 2009 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Extremely accessible reading for parents and educators – includes separate chapters on the developmental aspects of each learning difference, and includes chapters on what gifted children are like, what constitutes the diagnosis of AD/HD, the diagnosis of AS, and how to assess children.
Aug 03, 2011 Jill added it
This is the best book you can possibly read that explains gifted kids with either ADD or Asperger's. The giftedness really changes how these kids appear in typical Asperger or ADD profiles, so if you have a "twice exceptional" child like I do, this is the ONLY book that makes sense.
Feb 07, 2011 Carla rated it really liked it
A pretty fascinating read - however, it's pretty narrow interest. If you have a kid who is "twice exceptional" (in this case, both gifted and AD/HD or Aspergers), you need to check this book out. So useful for school and helping parents have the tools we need.
Aug 03, 2012 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally helpful book. I've highlighted my copy (which I found for FREE at our public library) and intend to loan it along with some others to my son's teachers!
Lara White
Jan 17, 2013 Lara White rated it really liked it
I finally found a book that explains my Zach perfectly. It has been very helpful in understanding him better.
Feb 16, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: adhd
This was a bit academic but the segment on the differences between ADHD and Aspergers was very interesting.
Grant Sanders
Jul 28, 2012 Grant Sanders rated it really liked it
An excellent resource on the gifted and twice exceptional.
Mary Beth
Jan 20, 2016 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource...great book.
Mar 22, 2012 Camille rated it liked it
Shelves: have, non-fiction
It was interesting.
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