Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits

Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits

Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits

Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits

Synopsis

"Recognising the different levels and kinds of giftedness, this book provides an insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with attention difficulties. Explaining why certain children are gifted and how giftedness is manifested, each chapter on a specific topic addresses the relevance for children with AD/HD and Asperger Syndrome. Lovecky guides parents and professionals through methods of diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behavior and relationships at home and at school. Lovecky explores concepts such as asynchrony and the effects of such 'uneven' development on children, using case studies to illustrate emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social development. Different Minds, with its wealth of practical and background information, is essential reading for all those who live or work with gifted children with attention difficulties."

Excerpt

The idea for writing this book arose from the frustration of parents discussing their gifted children's attention problems. Being parents of gifted children, and usually gifted themselves, these parents had an insatiable curiosity about giftedness, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Asperger Syndrome (AS), Nonverbal Learning Disability (NVLD), and all the other parenting and educational issues they brought to discuss. What they wanted was a book that would give them information about their child's problems, and also would have helpful suggestions about what to do, far beyond what I was able to tell them in a report or feedback session. There were no such books.

“Why don't you write a book?” they would ask. So eventually, I decided I would, because there is a need for a book that discusses not only the disorders, but also the issue of giftedness and how being gifted amplifies problems or ameliorates them.

The central themes of this book

Giftedness

This book focuses on gifted children with a particular emphasis on the special needs and strengths of those with attention deficits. This is a book about giftedness because a person cannot be viewed separate from his or her giftedness. Giftedness isn't a part of a person, like hair color, but all of a person, more like personality. Thus, in each chapter, differing aspects of giftedness are explored, and certain themes followed. This is not a book specifically about parenting gifted children, or teaching or counseling them. Though each chapter has some suggestions for parenting, teaching, and/or counseling, this book hopes to show . . .

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