Christopher's Reviews > Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences

Neurodiversity by Thomas Armstrong
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Dec 05, 11

bookshelves: autism, for-the-classroom, for-the-teacher, special-education, wishlist
Read in November, 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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