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Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School

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Does your imaginative, computer-proficient daughter tune out in the classroom? Does your spirited son become headstrong and aggressive when faced with the simplest decisions? Does your bold, energetic child have trouble focusing on basic tasks?

Millions of children--one in five--have what psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D., calls the Edison trait: dazzling intelligence,
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 19th 1999 by Ballantine Books (first published 1997)
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Tales Untangled
Aug 01, 2012 Tales Untangled rated it it was amazing
The Edison trait is a personality characteristic, which Dr. Palladino has now classified as divergent thinking. She has done extensive research through her practice to help convergent thinkers gain a greater appreciation for their children who see the world differently.

About 20% of all children are now estimated to have divergent thinking patterns, and the number is quickly increasing due to the fast pace in our modern world. The school system caters to convergent thinking, making it more diffic
Nov 02, 2011 Milka rated it really liked it
If you have a smart, active child who is having a hard time in school, this book is for you. Palladino covers the three (sometimes overlapping) types of Edison-trait personalities: the dreamers, the discoverers and the dynamos. These children exhibit divergent thinking (always thinking what if?) while most school systems cater to and encourage convergent thinkers. However you'll quickly notice most people who have helped improve the human condition were Edison-trait personalities, so the key is ...more
May 16, 2012 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a great book in helping me understand my oldest child. He is so much a little “discoverer” type that she describes in her book. It helped me to see all of the aspects of him that are sometimes exasperating to me as positives. I now can see how he understands information well when he is explained things in metaphor or analogy. That type of thinking makes so much sense to him. I now see that he gets board easily with the same old things. Change stuff up and make it new or novel. He i ...more
Angelica Mcmurtray
Dec 13, 2012 Angelica Mcmurtray rated it really liked it
Very interesting parenting book on how kids who seem like they are 'troublemakers' and inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive could actually have what the author calls 'The Edison Trait'. Thomas Edison along with many brilliant inventors and geniuses failed in school because of their 'divergent' thinking. I especially liked the part in the book that gave tips on how exactly to talk to your kid, to bring out their confidence in their beliefs and gifts. Often times they are looked down upon because ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really good ideas on things to do as parents to help kids who are "dreamers, dynamos or discoverers." But, although she tried to make a distinction between this "Edison-Trait" and ADHD, I'm still confused as to when it would be one and not the other.

They seem to be the same, except when the traits begin to "significantly impair" their life, it can be diagnosed as ADHD (at least that is what I think the author is trying to say). The definition of "significantly impaired", however, is open to
Yassin Salama
Dec 15, 2015 Yassin Salama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books about Children Psychology ever!!
Marissa Morrison
This is a coping manual for teachers and parents of kids who are unfocused and struggling/making trouble in school. It includes parent pep talks for staying positively minded about these kids and tips on how to alter the learning environment to better suit them. A lot of the advice here is good for teaching in general--i.e. model the way something should be done rather than criticizing students for doing it the wrong way. Likewise, the discipline recommendations would be wonderful for all kids.
Mar 27, 2012 Marilee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for parents/teachers dealing with a child with LOTS of energy, VERY bright, "nonconforming", super motivated and driven. If you're pulling your hair out over your child's "behavior", this might be the book for you.

It explains the Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, & Thomas Edisons of this world: extremely driven and bright, unrelenting thoughts and energy, possibly lacking in social skills or "schoolwork" ethic.
Jul 20, 2009 Kelli rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute must read if you either think your child exhibits ADD tendencies or if you just think your child processes thought significantly differently than you do and you're having trouble getting through to them or understanding them.
Jun 13, 2011 Susanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite quote of the book, "Children can ouplot, outfigure, and outlast their parents. The result is that parents come to the end of their endurance, shake their heads, and cry out in misery, "I don't know what to do!"
May 22, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
this book changed our lives. I can now understand my son and it will help us live more peaceful lives. this book was truly amazing.
Karen M.
May 18, 2007 Karen M. added it
Recommends it for: Parents
This book is full of hope for parents of 'exceptional' children who don't always fit the expected mold in school.
Oct 24, 2007 Gerry added it
am reading this about helping children who are bright, bored and haveing difficulty in school - maybe it will help me
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Apr 27, 2013 Yukari Watanabe rated it it was amazing
I read this book 10 years ago. Main messages in this book are still true today.
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I'm a psychologist, author, educator, and blogger with a special interest in attention and neuroscience, My newest book is Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers (2015). Before that, I wrote Find Your Focus Zone (2007). My first book, Dreamers, Discoverers and Dynamos, was published in 1997 as a hardcover titled The Edison Trait. I'm grateful to my readers for supporting my work through the y ...more
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