On April 28, 2013, I did a 45 minute blog talk radio interview with Marianne Russo, founder, president and host of The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Talk Radio Network. We discussed the concept of neurodiversity and how it can make a huge difference in the lives of kids with special needs.
I talked about seven ways to create a favorable environment in the school (what I call ”positive niche construction”), so that kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, or other special needs, can flourish. These components include: using strength-based learning strategies (like having dyslexic kids form their letters and words with clay), positive role models (like telling a child with autism about the life of Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who also has autism), enhanced social networks (like creating a Best Buddy program for kids diagnosed with intellectual disabilities), and positive environmental modifications (like providing a student identified as ADHD with a ”stability ball” to sit on).
If you’d like to listen to the whole interview, click here. If you’d like to order my book Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life, click here (you can also read excerpts of the book at this link).