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I am the author of 16 books including my latest: The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion (Tarcher-Perigee). http://amzn.to/2ewwfbp.
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  1. I teach technology to students with dyslexia and aspergers and I see that are truly gifted. From my experience with this population, I believe that if these students are given the right opportunity they can excel. I would like to share a brief story with you and your readers to illustrate this point. A student joined my class mid year and was able to design his own computer game in two weeks. After questioning the student, I discovered he did not have knowledge of the application or programming, as he stated he “just figured it out.” He then told me he loved my class because this had been the first time he was asked to do a project like this. As in this case, too often, the outside world can’t see past the student’s disability long enough to recognize that, in reality, it is an ability.

  2. Walter

    “In other words, I’m saying that people with neurodiverse brains can create special niches for themselves where they can be their unique selves.”
    Thomas this is the hope of every parent of a child who fits the square peg description! You are a hero to all of us seeking to find that niche for each of our students who don’t fit a standard mold of success!

  3. Sandra Shoro

    Ms. I , Thanks for the vignette. Dealing with different shapes of pegs & holes with niche construction fits into how educators can approach meeting the needs of diverse learners. Adapting the environment/situation/task rather than trying to change the individual and offer multiple pathways of success is our challenge.

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