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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 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.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Thomas Armstrong, PhD, is an award-winning author and speaker who has written fourteen books, including 7 Kinds of Smart. Dr. Armstrong has also written for many publications and appeared on television and radio programs, including The Today Show and CNN. He lives in northern California.
Table of Contents
1 Neurodiversity: A Concept Whose Time Has Come 1
2 The Joy of the Hyperactive Brain 27
3 The Positive Side of Being Autistic 53
4 A Different Kind of Learner 75
5 The Gift of Mood 95
6 The Advantages of Anxiety 115
7 The Rainbow of Intelligences 137
8 Thinking in a Different Key 159
9 Neurodiversity in the Classroom 181
10 The Future of Neurodiversity 203