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Here’s a post I did for the ASCD Inservice site.  Read it and write a reply to me (thomas@institute4learning.com) about the strengths of some of your neurodiverse students.  The two best responses will win copies of my new book Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in  School...
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I’ve just completed a 13 minute video (available on You Tube) that describes my new book:  Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life.  In the video I explain the concept “neurodiversity,” describe my idea of ”positive niche construction” (which is essentially, creating a favorable...
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We’re headed for a sea change when it comes to neurological disabilities in the workplace.  Up until now, the model most often used has been deficit-oriented:  people with neurological disabilities lack normal functioning; they need extra help in order to become effective employees.  However, a new paradigm is emerging that turns this model on its head.  Now...
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The October, 2012 issue of Educational Leadership, the flagship journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), in an issue dedicated to “Students Who Challenge Us,” features my article “First, Discover Their Strengths,” which highlights many of the ideas discussed in my forthcoming book Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs...
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This excerpt from my book The Power of Neurodiversity: Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain, appeared in Ode Magazine. People with conditions like ADHD, dyslexia and mood disorders are routinely labeled “disabled”. But differences among brains are as enriching—and essential—as differences among plants and animals. Welcome to the new field of neurodiversity. Thomas...
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