Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored, and Having Problems in School

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Does your imaginative, computer-proficient daughter tune out in the classroom? Does your spirited son become headstrong and aggressive when faced with the simplest decisions? Does your bold, energetic child have trouble focusing on basic tasks?

Millions of children—one in five—have what psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D., calls the Edison trait: dazzling intelligence, an active imagination, a free-spirited approach to life, and the ability to drive everyone around them crazy....

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Overview

Does your imaginative, computer-proficient daughter tune out in the classroom? Does your spirited son become headstrong and aggressive when faced with the simplest decisions? Does your bold, energetic child have trouble focusing on basic tasks?

Millions of children—one in five—have what psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D., calls the Edison trait: dazzling intelligence, an active imagination, a free-spirited approach to life, and the ability to drive everyone around them crazy. Named after Thomas Edison—who flunked out of school only to harness his talents and give the world some of its finest inventions—the Edison trait is on the rise in our younger generation.

The heart of the issue is that they think divergently—they overflow with many ideas—while schools, organized activities, and routines of daily living reward convergent thinking, which focuses on one idea at a time. Drawing on examples from more than two decades of private practice, Dr. Palladino helps us cope with this challenging aspect of our child's intellect and personality, explaining in clear terms:

- The three Edison-trait personality types: dreamers, discoverers, and dynamos
- The eight steps to understanding, reaching, and teaching your Edison-trait child
- The connection between the Edison trait and A.D.D.

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"Parents and educators alike will find this compelling reading."
—Publishers Weekly

"BRILLIANT . . . ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS IN THIS FIELD . . . Parents will find in Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos real-world solutions and the light of hope; professionals will discover a thought-provoking new view of these exceptional children."
—THOM HARTMANN
    Author of ADD: A Different Perception
    and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Palladino, a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD), offers advice for parents struggling to raise kids who are clearly bright but who are also maddeningly unfocused. She calls such children "Edison-trait" kidsafter Thomas Edison, who, Palladino writes, exhibited "divergent thinking" (focusing on many ideas simultaneously) rather than "convergent thinking" (focusing on one idea at a time). While not all Edison-trait kids have ADD, most ADD kids have the Edison trait, she claims. Palladino outlines three Edison-trait personality typesthe Dreamer, the Dynamo and the Discovererand talks parents through ways to deal with them. Although Edison-trait kids are bright and creative (having the tendency to multitask and visualize), they often end up with school problems. Palladino outlines an eight-step process for coping, and includes a thorough chapter on the ins and outs of ADD. Suggesting that divergent thinking is on the rise in society, Palladino argues that educators must stop favoring convergent thinking and conformity. Though one wishes for more nuts-and-bolts data to back up her claims about society's trends, Palladino makes a convincing case as she urges parents to see as strengths what others might consider deficits. Parents and educators alike will find this compelling reading. Clearly, the author is a divergent thinker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345405739
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 793,096
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Fantastic Book - A Real Help for Parents and Kids

    I feel very fortunate to have found this book. Dr. Palladino's writing has helped me to better empathize with the challenges faced by my son as he tries to remain focused in the classroom environment. Further, this book has given me the courage to speak up and defend my child when he is criticized for not being attentive enough in school. In this world of "No Child Left Behind", the pressures put on struggling students, teachers, and parents can get out of hand. While it is not always easy, I now try to work with him rather than get upset with him. The book has also encouraged me to seek opportunities to partner with his teachers to find ways to support him in his ongoing development. Whether your child shares more of the characteristics of the dreamer, the discoverer, the dynamo, (or a combination!), I can't recommend this wonderful book enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    THIS BOOK CHANGED MY VIEW OF MY CHILD

    I have 3 children, but my first-born has always been a handful, from colic as a baby to tantrums that lasted all day as preschooler. Now, at age 6, when I realized he wasn't outgrowing it, I became increasingly frustrated at him. This book helped me understand his behavior and, even better, gave me specific things to try...and they worked! The first examples in the book didn't match my child, and I almost stopped reading, but I am so glad I didn't. It was so good to hear that I'm not the only parent dealing with a child like this (a 'discoverer'). And it gave me good advice at teaching him self-control, how to motivate him for schoolwork, and how to avoid the constant power-struggles. I borrowed it from the library, but am now purchasing my own copy...I need to re-read it frequently to remind myself how to handle his behavior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    HELPED ME UNDERSTAND MY CHILD

    OF ALL THE BOOKS I HAVE READ ON GIFTED CHILDREN, THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST HELPFUL. IT GAVE ME A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON WHERE MY SON WAS COMING FROM AND HOW TO HELP HIM. SCENARIOS GIVEN ARE RIGHT ON POINT. AS A PARENT THIS BOOK SHOWED US THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE. THIS BOOK GIVES YOU STEP BY STEP TECHNIQUES FOR HANDLING THE DISCIPLINE AND DIFFICULTIES PRESENTED IN DEALING WITH A 'DREAMER/DISCOVERER/DYNAMO' I CRIED ' THAT'S MY SON' WHEN READING THE 'DISCOVERER' CHARACTERISTICS. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE SQUARE PEGS IN A ROUND HOLE WORLD (EXPECIALLY THE SCHOOL SYSTEM).

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    Why would someone write this book

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