The Power of Neurodiversity: Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain (published in hardcover as Neurodiversity)

The Power of Neurodiversity:  Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain (published in hardcover as Neurodiversity)

A new term has emerged from the disability movement: neurodiversity.

A new term has emerged from the disability movement in the past decade to help change the way we think about neurological disorders: Neurodiversity. The number of categories of illnesses listed by the American Psychiatric Association has tripled in the past fifty years. With so many people affected by our  growing “culture of disabilities,” it no longer makes sense to hold on to the deficit-ridden idea of  neuropsychological illness. With the sensibility of Oliver Sacks and Kay Redfield Jamison, psychologist Thomas Armstrong offers a revolutionary perspective that reframes many neuropsychological disorders as part of the natural diversity of the human brain rather than as definitive illnesses. The Power of Neurodiversity emphasizes their positive dimensions, showing how people with ADHD, bipolar disorder, and other conditions have inherent evolutionary advantages that, matched with the appropriate environment or ecological niche, can help them achieve dignity and wholeness in their lives.

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Neurodiversity:  a new term that changes the way we think about neurological disorders.  Neurodiversity: the right word at the right time to account for recent evidence from brain science, evolutionary psychology, and other fields suggesting that we pay close attention to the bright spots of promise and possibility appearing in people who are ”differently wired.” Celebrated educator and psychologist Thomas Armstrong offers a revolutionary, inspiring guide, illuminating critical information such as:

  • what recent research says about the specific strengths found in people with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and other mental health diagnoses;
  • how to construct the ideal environmental niche for a neurodiverse person;
  • how to take advantage of assistive technologies and what’s to come in the future;
  • which career paths emphasize the gifts of neurodiverse adults;
  • why inclusive classrooms offer the best learning experience for neurodiverse children.

A passionate, compassionate, and practical look at the myriad strengths of anyone who is ”differently abled.” The Power of Neurodiversity is essential reading for parents, educators, mental health professionals, and anyone intrigued by how our brains work and what secrets they hold.

Read Dr. Armstrong’s articles on Neurodiversity:

Neurodiversity:  A Concept Whose Time Has Come

The Myth of the Normal Brain:  Embracing Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity:  The Future of Special Education?

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Genres: Education, Psychology, Self-Help
Tags: ADHD, autism, disabilities, disability rights, dyslexia, intellectual disabilities, learning differences, neurodiversity, special education
Publisher: De Capo Press/Lifelong Books
Publication Year: 2011
ISBN: 9780738215242
List Price: $16.99
eBook Price: $11.99
Audiobook Price: Free with Audible Trial
''The neurodiversity movement suggests that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category akin to ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. Thomas Armstrong’s (2011) book The Power of Neurodiversity: Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain is a seminal work advocating this perspective. Armstrong argues that society should embrace all forms of neurodiversity and recognize that individuals with neurological differences can make unique contributions.''
''This quietly spoken book is at its strongest when examining the ideology itself and outlining the arguments in its favor. It is sensible in examining how other cultures, past and present, have accepted forms of neurodiversity, and it is wise in its critique of the use of normative standardizations to identify objectives in education and society in general.''
''Parents, teachers, and policymakers should all read this thought-provoking book. I loved it.''
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