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ERIC Number: EJ1002447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
First, Discover Their Strengths
Armstrong, Thomas
Educational Leadership, v70 n2 p10-16 Oct 2012
This article discusses how a neurodiversity perspective can help educators create learning environments in which all students flourish. The basic premise of neurodiversity is that there is no "typical" mental capacity--no "normal" brain to which all other brains are compared--and because this is the case, educators should look at students with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, and other disability categories not in terms of their deficits, but primarily in terms of their strengths. By focusing on assets rather than labels, educators in both regular and special education can develop better ways of helping all students succeed. Once they recognize the strengths of students with special needs, educators can start to create positive environments within which they can thrive. By changing from a deficit orientation to a diversity perspective, and by creating positive ecosystems within which students with learning differences can learn according to their strengths rather than their weaknesses, educators can help these students become who they are truly meant to be.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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