LEARNING DIFFERENCES

I believe in a strengths-based approach to working with individuals who are challenged by learning differences including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, and variable processing speed. This page is devoted to collecting some of my favorite resources on these topics. Please feel free to make suggestions for additional resources in the comment box below.

On Neurodiversity

“Neurodiversity” is a strengths-based theory that our brains evolve uniquely based on genetics and environment. Like other forms of human variation, our brains have signature traits that enable us to thrive in particular contexts. Proponents of this theory support the idea that people with cognitive ‘disabilities’ like ADHD, Dyslexia and Autism thrive when their signature ways of thinking and working are valued and contextually supported rather than pushing for efforts to correct and erradicate their brain’s unique way of functioning to make it easier on those around them.

It’s clearly time for psychologists, teachers,and parents to focus more attention on developing the strengths of children with ADHD (and other learning differences) and not just on remediating and accommodating the weaknesses. I believe it is essential to every child’s emotional well-being, self-esteem, and future that as much emphasis is placed on the child’s strengths and interests as on their weaknesses.
— Dr. Devon MacEachron, Director of Connecticut Center for Exceptional Learners