My publisher ASCD has just announced the publication this week of my new book:  Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life.  Here is the complete press release below.  Spread the word!

Thomas Armstrong Presents Strength-Based Model for Teaching Learners with Special Needs in New Book

Alexandria, VA (12/06/12)—ASCD is pleased to announce the release of Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life by seasoned educator and best-selling author Thomas Armstrong. This new professional development book is available in paperback and e-book formats.

Neurodiversity in the Classroom shifts the focus of special education discourse from disability to diversity and explains how regular and special education teachers can create environments that nurture and amplify the unique strengths of students with special needs.

Confronted year after year by the dilemma of providing support to kids in an environment that identifies them by negative attributes, special education teacher Thomas Armstrong saw a need for dramatic change in how we approach teaching students with special needs.

In Neurodiversity in the Classroom, Armstrong offers cutting-edge research on the strengths of students with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, intellectual disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. He also explains how instead of looking for ways to remediate students’ problems, educators can construct positive, strength-based ecosystems—or niches—where these students can flourish.

Armstrong’s innovative book explains and models how to use seven basic components of positive niche construction to integrate students and help them succeed. Readers will learn about each student group’s positive attributes, connect with stories of neurodiverse adults who excel, and discover computer apps and strength-based learning strategies that can serve to support students.

This practical guide also enables readers to explore career paths that utilize students’ gifts as well as discover existing support networks to tap into. Educators in states implementing the Common Core State Standards will also find tips on integrating strategies with the new standards.

“This is a must read for all educators ready to help each neurodiverse student flourish and understand his or her unique gifts,” said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter.

About the Author

Thomas Armstrong has been an educator for the past 40 years. He worked for several years as a special education teacher in the United States and Canada, developed courses in human development for colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay area, and served as an educational consultant for schools in New York State. He is the author of 15 books, translated into 26 languages. For the past 26 years, he has been an author, keynote speaker, and workshop leader in 43 states and 20 countries.

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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).

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