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Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  212 ratings  ·  43 reviews
From a learning specialist who has been called a "miracle worker", a revolutionary approach that gets amazing results by tapping the unique strengths of children with Attention Deficit Disorder.For the more than 2.5 million American children estimated to have Attention Deficit Disorder, life can be a dizzying kaleidoscope of thoughts, sights, and sounds that make it imposs ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 1997 by Simon & Schuster
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Katherine
If you are looking for a researched based, scientific approach to ADD, keep on looking and if you are really annoyed by oversimplifications like the summing up of a person as either right or left brained, then you will find yourself getting irritated as you read this book. But, if you have a child, or teach a child, who has a diagnosis of ADD or whom you suspect could get such a diagnosis, or who is simply struggling in school for no apparent reason, I recommend you put your irritation in check ...more
Steph
I agree with previous reviewers that some of the information in this book is getting a little dated. A new edition is overdue.

That being said, this book opened my eyes about how human brains function. As a parent of an ADHD child, this was a great read as it brought to light the vast differences between how my daughter's brain processes information versus my own. Having a better understanding of how she functions and why she reacts in certain ways has created a closer bond for us. The authors al
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Mandy Jennings
This book is a little dated, 1997, but it does give you insight of the left and right-brained child. This is something that has become big talk with our school piloting the Single Gender program. How does the boy and girl brain work differently? Just because Johnny moves around and has a short attention span doesn't mean he is ADD. I would also recommend checking out David Chadwell's research and Dr. Leonard Sax. Both of these Single Gender education experts have spoke at our school and in the c ...more
Feliks
A solid overview of this fascinating field of study. Good place to start learning more; or fine, 'as is' to familiarize yourself in the basics. Brain functionality is where its all at. Dispense with all the other 'pop-psych fads' out there. We have to know whats really going on with us and why we behave the way we do. This is important knowledge to keep on top of, as we go through our day. Every time you struggle with following a set of instructions or absorbing information; keep these principle ...more
Mindy
I don't have an ADD child, but I do have a very right-brained child. This book has been good for me to try and get into her head a bit more, as thinking in pictures is foreign to me.

i've checked this book out a couple of times and haven't made it all the way through. Not because it isn't worth reading, but rather because it isn't all currently relevant to me, and I also tend to check out too many books at a time. I have gotten some good ideas and insights from it, though, and will probably pick
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Beth
I think the author provides good, practical advice for parents with right-brained children. After reading this, I'm think that my child is actually more whole-brained than right brained, but regardless, it's interesting and informative. But I HATED the author's attitude towards teachers. It was condescending and downright rude. That definitely detracted from the overall message of the book. Still, I'm glad I read it and would recommend to parents who think they have a right-brained child.
Gigi
This book changed the way I see and homeschool one of my sons. It explained how he thinks and then offered ways to help me teach to his strengths and support him in areas he struggles. Each time I read this book I find more helpful ideas and gain a better understanding of my son and his needs.
Amy
It put's a lot of pressure on teachers to be entertainers, when the current push is standardized testing. It puts us in the quandary of who do we work for - the students or the policy makers?
Amanda
This book definitely exhibits an anti-teacher bias. Freed spends a lot of time explaining why right-brained children struggle in traditional schools. An entire chapter is devoted to reforms that should be made in public schools. As a parent, this information isn't helpful to me; perhaps it would be more useful to an administrator. There is some time in the middle devoted to techniques parents can use to help their children at home (and I'm very eager to try some of them on my daughter, especiall ...more
Elaine
I didn't know much about ADD, but I found this resource after looking for reasons why T is so easily distracted. Some people pointed me to the possibility he may be 'right-brained' or ADD (or both). This book is both about teaching right-brained kids, as well as about ADD. The premise is that ADD kids (and pseudo-ADD/mislabeled ADD) are right-brained (but not all right-brained kids have ADD), and that being right-brained means they have different strengths and learning styles; namely, they are v ...more
Heather
I read this for the right-brained reading parts of this book, but of course they had to go slapping a label on it and make something wrong with the child for being right brained...This book is outdated, I mostly skimmed over it, as it wasn't "new", etc. I did find the chapters on reading, spelling, & writing interesting & useful.

It is wise to focus on spelling first w/ right brained children. Right brained children do not learn best w/ phonics, in fact they typically lack the ability to
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Alissa
Wow. This is an amazing guy with amazing insight. I want to have coffee with this man. I think it important that everyone read this to get not only a better glimpse into possibly their children but of the future. Because like I have thought (I wrote an essay in college about this) of today's technologies and fast movie images is producing ADD and ADHD children. Reprogramming their minds. So this is our future. Reading this book and others like this Is strongly encouraged. "Read something to lear ...more
Amy
This book might deserve a higher rating, but I basically just skimmed it. The information is getting dated (published in '97), so I had the sense that I had heard most of it before, but the author's insights into the left - right brain spectrum are interesting. He spends a lot of time talking about how his theories relate to schools, which obviously wasn't as helpful to me, but that is my own issue. Obviously he would need to include that info for most folks. In the middle section of the book, t ...more
Sarah
This book did give me insight into my son who has many diagnosis of mental illness. I also need to homeschool him due to his mental health issues. I bought this issue to keep on hand for a reference and reminder.
Erica
I found this book to be a great first step towards learning about my child's behavior. I definitely feel like I have a lot more to learn, though.
Linda Pifer
A terrific intro to the world of the ADD individual. Since this was a first read on the subject of right and left brained thinking and the differences in learning methods, I found it fascinating. The authors constructed it logically enough for the layperson to get a grip on the various methods for visualization of material for reading, math, and writing. Also included are some proven techniques for the teacher. This is not the all inclusive volume for teachers but if you're looking for an introd ...more
Brigid
Nov 21, 2012 Brigid rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents with ADHD/ADD kids
As a quintessential left-brainer, I was amazed to read about right-brained folks, even though I live with 2 of them. Of course, I wanted to try all the exercises out immediately:( This book seems to focus on how to help younger kids, even though the authors work with all ages. Maybe my son's not right-brained as much as I think, or maybe school (even Montessori) has already squelched his natural methods of learning (not totally because we used a great book in 4th grade "Times Tables the Fun Way" ...more
Andrea Garfield
Crazy. This book reads like a story of my life. Very interesting... Many interesting ideas about learning styles, how our digital cultures is changing those styles, and how traditional education is very resistant to those changes- as those who are drawn to the field have found success in the old style. Eye-opening book. Everyone could benefit from reading it, especially those who are or who work with right-brained types. Now I want to read one about left-brained types to learn more about them, b ...more
Kelli
This book teaches a parent how to help keep his child focused on a task. One point in the book is the importance of immediate correction of mistakes so that the "wrong way" isn't coded into their brain. Another suggestion is to reward effort, not results. There is a series of questions for you to answer about your child to determine whether he is right or left brained (and it's good to use to find out what you are as well). For those of us with children who have learning challenges, this is a go ...more
Heather Woods
This gave marvelous suggestions for how to help your child learn according to their strengths, gifts, and abilities rather than fighting against their weaknesses. No wonder so many kids feel they're failures and "bad at school." These kids (and adults) simply take in the world differently and we can learn so much from them. I love the checklist at the front helping to determine whether your child is right-brained or not. And some of the questions are truly surprising.
Dave Manning
Glad that my son's principal pointed this book out to me. It certainly has some great insights into visual learning and how our education systems need to be pushed towards the inclusion of broader forms of teaching. Some great examples were given of spelling backwards, coloring syllables, and giving other visual angles for understanding alternative approaches to reaching children's capabilities. The voucher focus towards the end of the book is probably somewhat dated.
Laura
Jul 14, 2010 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents looking for new ways to help kids
This book is from 1997, so I felt like some of his ranting about the use of ritalin and the poor quality of public schools was slightly out of date. I did get some very specific ideas about how to help my child with the dreaded spelling list and multiplication table, so I'm thankful for that. If I had it to do over again, I would read only the middle section about working with kids and skip the beginning and end about whether ADHD is real and how to fix schools.
Deb
An encouraging and practical tool for both parents and educators alike... recognizing that we are seeing more and more children labeled as ADD, when in fact many kids simply have a different learning style than "the norm". It's time for teachers to recognize the gifts of different learning styles! Parents who are frustrated and feel that they are fighting an uphilll battle will gain great comfort and hands-on exercises to help their children. A great resource!
Wajid
This is an excellent book to aid in understanding visual-spatial learners, ADHD kids and their daily struggles. However most of those books in that category deal with the child I only wish they would have a book geared towards adults. The reason is because we adults have a lot of bad habits accumulated through the years it would be great to have a book to help us tackle these habits and difficulty in our daily lives.
Liz
I found the simple questionnaire to be incredibly valuable from this book (my child is not ADD, but is a right-brain learner). The set of questions can help you to determine if your child favors right-hemispheric learning or is somewhere in the middle. The author has a set of questions for adults too since most right-brained children have at least one parent who favors that type of learning as well.
Jan
The final paragraph, says it all:
"People with ADD are almost universally bright, creative, and intuitive in ways that left-brained, sequential people cannot even fathom........" This little book may unlock many secrets of the problems in our educational system. It's not new. Have we not been listening?
Sheyna Galyan
I started this book to see if I could learn more about my son. I ended up learning a lot about myself. I didn't find the techniques for education all that helpful for my son, but the description of us as "visual, non-sequential learners" and what that meant in life was invaluable!
Jenni
Is it ADD or just Right-brainedness? Very interesting look at how differently some children process what they know and experience.
Teaching and parenting these kids who think differently than the standardly-school-sanctioned (and typical) left-brained curricula proposes.
Shauna
I read this book not to learn about ADD, but to understand better right-brain function vs. left-brain function. I think I am heavily left-brained and this book helped me to understand better and have more patience with my heavily right-brained daughter.
Mary
A lot of teacher basing. It is out of date, so much has changed since the mid 90's. Mr. Freed was trying to sell his program to prospective clients. His statements are based on HIS experience more than on reliable well documented research.
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