Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities [NOOK Book]

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When parents are told their child has a learning disability, they need more information. Thinking Differently is just the resource to meet that need. David Flink, leader of Eye to Eye, a national mentoring program for children with learning differences, explains each learning disability in layman's terms to prepare parents to speak knowledgeably with teachers about their child's specific challenges.

Thinking Differently will not overwhelm parents with legal jargon, but it will ...

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Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

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Overview

When parents are told their child has a learning disability, they need more information. Thinking Differently is just the resource to meet that need. David Flink, leader of Eye to Eye, a national mentoring program for children with learning differences, explains each learning disability in layman's terms to prepare parents to speak knowledgeably with teachers about their child's specific challenges.

Thinking Differently will not overwhelm parents with legal jargon, but it will guide them through what laws are on their side and what they can insist that schools provide for their child. With compassion and hope, Flink describes the importance of testing and diagnosis to equip parents with the tools they need to advocate authoritatively on their child's behalf and to seek the most effective accommodations—from technology to extra time and medication—to guarantee that their child succeeds in school and life.

In this eye-opening book, David Flink helps parents understand what their child is experiencing. He also emphasizes the importance of maintaining and building children's self-esteem, by helping them discover inner gifts and special talents and realize they are as smart as anyone—even if they think differently.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/01/2014
How do you help a child who has been diagnosed with a learning disability, dyslexia, and/or ADD/ADHD to be successful in school and socially? Flink, cofounder of the learning disability mentoring organization Eye to Eye, has written a frank and comprehensive "how-to" guide for parents who are struggling to help children become confident, independent, and resourceful individuals despite, and, often because of, the different way their brain works. When Flink was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD as a child, he and his parents were pioneers in navigating special education services and accommodations for those with learning disabilities. Here he covers topics such as determining if there is a learning problem; the basics of learning disabilities and attention issues; how and when to step up and take action; testing and what the results reveal; how to discover the strengths and weakness of a child's brain; and what accommodations might be useful and effective. Self-confidence is a key to success for those who process information differently and the author discusses how best to bolster a child's self-image through finding allies and by being an advocate, as well as teaching children to advocate for themselves. VERDICT Flink imparts clear insights and immediate solutions for parents, educators, and professionals working with children with learning disabilities.—Lisa Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Gardner, KS
Publishers Weekly
07/21/2014
In 1998, then college student Flink established the nonprofit Eye to Eye, which pairs LD/ADHD college student mentors with younger mentees (who have similar disabilities) to work on art projects. In this impressive guide, Flink uses lessons from leading Eye to Eye, as well as his personal struggles with dyslexia and ADHD, to advise parents, older children, and teens. The first step for a parent who suspects that his or her child may have dyslexia, ADHD, or another learning disability is to have the child evaluated. Receiving an LD and/or ADHD diagnosis may be a relief since it provides an explanation for why some learning can be so difficult. Throughout, Flink stresses that “learning disabilities and ADHD have nothing to do with native intelligence.” In addition, he devotes a full chapter to discussing laws that mandate accommodation for students with LD/ADHD, and explains how to take advantage of these laws. Other chapters build on this foundation of diagnosis and securing accommodations, to discuss finding allies, becoming an advocate, and joining the larger community of people with LD/ADHD. In this inspiring book, Flink ends with a call for all with LD/ADHD to accept their condition, and share it with others so that the world will eventually accept all types of learners equally. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062225948
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 160,780
  • File size: 900 KB

Meet the Author

David Flink was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD when he was nine years old. He holds a bachelor's degree in education and psychology from Brown University and a master's degree in Dis/Ability Studies from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    On the heels of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, by Ben Foss, and

    On the heels of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, by Ben Foss, and The Dyslexic Advantage, by Brock and Fernette Eide, David Flink’s Thinking Differently completes the triple play in contemporary LD literature. What makes Flink’s book stand out is his ability to tell stories to which everyone can relate. His prose is fluid and easy to read, and his advice to families is never preachy. What I like most is that he shares his own experiences of living with dyslexia and ADHD, but he does not claim that his particular path to success is the right one for everybody. He emphasizes that every LD/ADHD person has his or her own unique strengths and weaknesses, and by enlisting the help of allies and advocates, they can all find their individual roads to success. In short, he provides a great deal of hope. For those seeking more information on how to help children (and adults) with LD/ADHD, I would recommend reading this book first before turning to the more detailed information that Foss and the Eides provide in their texts, which are excellent as well.

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