Different Minds

Different Minds

by Deirdre V Lovecky
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Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
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Different Minds

Through recognizing 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, creative and social development. She also highlights the inadequate measures currently in place to assist parents and teachers and goes on to clearly define what is required to understand and help these children so that their needs can be met more positively in the future. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781853029646
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 862,279
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. The Gifted Child. 2. Attention Deficits Part I: Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder. 3. Attention Deficits Part II: Asperger Syndrome. 4. Cognitive Issues: How Those with a Different Mind Think. 5. Finding Flow: The Wellspring of Creative Endeavor. 6. Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Giftedness. 7. Social Cognition And Interpersonal Relationships. 8. Moral Development: Moral Reasoning and Compassion. 9. Issues in the Assessment of Gifted Children with Attention Deficits. 10. Resource List for Parents, Teachers and Professionals. Appendix A: Diagnostic Criteria for AD/HD DSM-IV (Table 1). Diagnostic Criteria for AS DSM-IV (Table 2). Diagnostic Criteria for AS (Gillberg and Gillberg) (Table 3). Appendix B: List of Test Distributors for Professionals. References. Index.

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Twice Exceptional children, those who are both gifted and learning disabled, are often overlooked by all sides of education. Their achievement is often not low enough to be considered special needs, nor high enough to be included in gifted education. But these children are far from average, and they need particular attention to all of their unique attributes.

Deidre Lovecky is considered one of the foremost experts in twice exceptional children. This long-awaited book is a summary of many years of clinical experience and observation, and should in the hands of every parent, teacher, and professional working with this unique population.

Different Minds starts with definitions and differences: gifted, AD/HD, Asperger syndrome, and other learning deficits commonly (and not so commonly) diagnosed in the same children. Diagnosis of dual exceptionalities can be difficult, and Lovecky cuts through the overlapping characteristics, with references to DSM-IV criteria. Through case studies, discussion and suggestions, Lovecky offers years of experience and wisdom on how to best nurture these children at home and at school.

Different Minds includes chapters on gifted, AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, cognitive issues, creativity, emotional aspects, social cognition and relationships, moral development, assessment, and resources for parents, teachers and professionals.

Different Minds should be required reading for everyone dealing with twice exceptional gifted children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent resourse for the parents of gifted and ADHD children. It is very detailed in explaining the academic and social characteristics of these children. It does offer suggestions for improvement. This book breaks down the characteristics of ADHD into the different types (hyperactive and impulsive, inattentive) and also offers separate information on AS children. This book references several studies for further research. It also describes the typical gifted student.