Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences

Neurodiversity Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism ADHD Dyslexia and Other Brain Differences A new term has emerged from the disability movement in the past decade to help change the way we think about neurological disorders Neurodiversity ADHD Dyslexia Autism The number of categories of illn

  • Title: Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences
  • Author: Thomas Armstrong
  • ISBN: 9780738213545
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A new term has emerged from the disability movement in the past decade to help change the way we think about neurological disorders Neurodiversity ADHD Dyslexia Autism 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 lonA new term has emerged from the disability movement in the past decade to help change the way we think about neurological disorders Neurodiversity ADHD Dyslexia Autism 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 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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    About “Thomas Armstrong

    • Thomas Armstrong

      Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D is the author of sixteen books including his latest, The Power of the Adolescent Brain Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students His other books include, Neurodiversity in the Classroom Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life, The Power of Neurodiversity Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain, The Human Odyssey Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life, Their Own Way, 7 Kinds of Smart, Awakening Your Child s Natural Genius, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, The Myth of the A.D.D Child, and The Radiant Child His books have been translated into 25 languages including Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese, Danish, and Russian.He has taught at several San Francisco Bay Area graduate schools including the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and the California Institute of Integral Studies He has written for Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, Parenting where he was a regularly featured columnist and many other journals and periodicals He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, the BBC, and The Voice of America Articles featuring his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Investor s Business Daily, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and hundreds of other magazines and newspapers.He has given over 1000 keynotes, workshops, and lectures in 44 states and 29 countries His clients have included Sesame Street, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Republic of Singapore, Hasbro Toys, and the European Council of International Schools He is has written a novel about the disappearance of childhood.

    662 thoughts on “Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences

    • This is a well meaning book about an important topic that makes a case for inclusivity, positivity and adaptability towards people with outlier brain structure/mental processes. It is therefore very unfortunate that it is marred by poor and uncritical thinking about the scientific evidence in relation to the causes of these variations. Two major issues that crop up a lot in various contexts are reliance on "evolutionary psychology" and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) in psychologica [...]


    • I really liked most of the book, it has a good perspective and is very informative on some topics, but near the end he started to get a little extreme especially with his educational philosophies. He reviews several common mental states/conditions (including ADHD, dyslexia, depression, autism) and discusses the typical strengths associated with each as well as the weaknesses. While it's true that many mental "conditions" can better be viewed as alternate ways of thinking rather than "disorders" [...]


    • The author compares people with differences in the way their brain works (neurodiversity) to biodiversity or cultural diversity which are seen as important and good for our earth and society. Without downplaying the challenges these people face he illustrates how people with various neurological disorders have also been given some extraordinary gifts and talents and that when they are guided to the right environment through niche construction they flourish. Two chapters that intrigued me were Th [...]


    • Pretty good look at various types of neurodiversity (autism, dyslexia, schizophrenia, OCD, etc), how these traits might've been advantageous to our ancestors and thus survived in the gene pool, and how special education could be reshaped to take more of a difference view and less of a deficit view. While parts were quite interesting, the special education focus effectively distanced me from the book.


    • Дауны синдромтой, аутизмтай, анхаарал төвлөрөх эмгэгтэй, Уилсоны хам шинжтэй буюу бидний "хэвийн бус" гэж үздэг хүмүүс түүхэн өөр цаг үе болон өөр иргэншилд төрсөн бол харин ч тэдний сул тал гэж оношлогддог чанарууд нь өндрөөр үнэлэгдэн, "жирийн" амьдарч болдог талаар олон [...]


    • It is hard to argue with the central premise of this book – that we should look for and value the positive attributes of every individual. I also agree that people need to respect neurodiversity. Neurotypical people should seek to understand and appreciate people whose brains work differently.I think the author approaches the subject from the perspective of psychology. He wants society to help individuals recognize and nurture their most positive human attributes. Even if an individual is ment [...]


    • Quick read that reframes some conditions to focus on the amazing gifts that also seem to go hand in hand with the shortfalls of these conditions. One problem I generally have with books like this is that they often miss the mark when they try to pull in hard science to support their positions. Case and point in this book is the reference to Jared Edward Reser's proposition that Down syndrome may represent an adaptation to severe maternal deprivation. Anyone with a reasonable handle on biology, g [...]


    • I would have like to see some questioning of the foundations of the mental health industries here, but as I found out the author himself has been on antidepressant medications for decades so he's not really going to rock the boat.The book is a fairly high level, pop-mental-health tone, not like more technical stuff I've read lately like Blaming the Brain: The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health. It even has a list of suitable careers for people in each category of neurodiversity (Forest Ranger i [...]


    • The idea of Neurodiversity is that the time and place a person lives determines what is viewed as neurotypical. In societies where children are expected to run and yell and play, behaviors that are considered inappropriate in other societies are viewed as 'normal' and these dichotomies lead to different labels. In cultures that value youth, imagination, creativity and action, a child with ADHD would thrive and teaching styles would match the way that child thinks. However, in another world, that [...]


    • This was a great book that challenges readers to see the gifts that are inherent in people whose attributes are typically viewed from a medical (deficit/abnormality) perspective. As an individual who works in special education (which all education should be), I highly recommend this book. At the start of this book, the author recounts how he would prepare for I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) meetings by highlighting and summarizing every positive statement he found in a student's file. He woul [...]


    • A really easy, interesting read. Talks about a variety of brain-based disorders & offers a new perspective about how to think about them. Doesn't gloss over the difficulties, but helps to focus on the positive & strengths that people with these disorders often have. I also really appreciated how it listed specific famous people with each disorder & suggested potential job paths for those with each one.


    • This is a paradigm changing book. I consider myself an open-minded person, but this book pushed some of my stereotypes and assumptions right in my face. And I liked it. Armstrong explains the whole brains of neurodiverse people and not just their "deficiencies." Conclusion: everyone really is special. Warning: he does talk a lot about evolution. I highly recommend it as a mind-opening experience.


    • Why do we feel the need to label everything and everyone ? it is in the labeling of people as mentally retarded and not good enough for us that the greatest injustice is done. we focus on their difficulties rather than their strengths. The book offers a new perspective, where we start accepting others and believe that everyone is gifted in their own way. A great and informative book!


    • This is a great book for any parent with a child who is neurodiverse. It puts into words many of the things I have tried to convey to the educators I have met. I have shared the introduction with my son's teachers this year. Excellent book!!!


    • The “neurodiverse,” and parents of the same, would benefit from reading about how to create employment & other niches that minimize the weaknesses & emphasize the unusual strengths of those who think different.


    • While this is not the most thorough book I've ever read, it does serve as a nice introduction to the concept of Neurodivesity and the very important goal of seeing brain differences as assets rather than liabilities.



    • On rethinking the medicalization of brain difference and the culture of disability into an understanding of a full diverse range of human intelligences.


    • An interesting look over psychiatric disorders and illnesses. A book for general public, not specialists.


    • I learned about a variety of neurological conditions, though the autism section was the most familiar. I liked the intellectual disability chapter.





    • The author attacks seven conditions of mental disorder: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, dyslexia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, intellectual disabilities and schizophrenia. Why these seven and only these seven? What about the Down syndrome or other syndromes of the same type, basically genetic? But we have to follow the author to understand his approach that has to be limited to the cases he studies, and we are going to discover that some chapters are in fact kind o [...]


    • Honestly when it comes to books on the "human" experience we kind of imagine this dull and nonending description with facts enough to lul-Cerberus to sleep. That being said this was not that kind of book. To be honest I would recommend this to everyone as I think we all could learn a little from the neurodiverse.


    • I really enjoyed the fact that this book was focussed on the positive aspects of neurological disability. the chapters were split up into different conditions such as autism, dyslexia and scitxophrenia and their positives in the lives of people living with these conditions.


    • What a beautiful, wonderful refreshing perspective! I highly recommend this quick read for those in the classroom, as well as others who have an interest in mental health. I ought to do more reading, but the basic premise of his book is possibly true: often people with mental health issues have been pitied and seen as dependents however, many famous people who have had mental health issues throughout history have also been very talented or gifted in other ways, from Albert Einstein to Beethoven. [...]


    • What I liked about this book was how it incorporated various mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities into neurodiversity. I'm used to the neurodiversity discussion focusing on autism, and extending to ADHD and dyslexia, but I've not encountered it going much further than this. Actually, the chapter on autism was really rubbish - it was based on very outdated stereotypes, such as autistic people not wanting to interact with people, and not having any empathy, and all being best suited to j [...]


    • I loved it, basically. The author's approach to explain the concept of neurodiversity and point out its benefits in not only 'special education' but simply EDUCATION is not only educating in itself, but also heartwarming, even entertaining. You don't have to be an expert in neurology or something to grasp it, nor is it necessary to have a special dictionary at hand. The writing is almost colloquial, riddled with lots and lost of examples and anecdotes, and special terms are explained right away. [...]


    • Smartdude Thomas Armstrong posits that conditions like autism, ADHD, and dyslexia aren't diseases that need to be cured but, rather, exist like outliers of humanity's evolution. This assertion essentially raises the question, "Is anyone normal?" But Armstrong isn't just farting rainbows, cheerfully singing, "Make your disability an ability!" Instead, he highlights the positive aspects of various high-functioning conditions that our culture prejudicially characterizes as "disabilities" and explai [...]


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