FEATURED PREVIEW | | FROM LUCY JO PALLADINO, Ph.D.
DISCOVERERS & DYNAMOS:
How to help the child who is
bright, bored, and having problems in school
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PART I: YOUR CHILDS INVENTIVE MIND
1. Does Your Child Have the Edison Trait?
2. Children Who Are Divergent-Thinking-Dominant
3. The Nature of Attention
PART II: EIGHT STEPS TO HELP YOUR EDISON-TRAIT
4. Step One: Believe In You Child
5. Step Two: Watch What You Say
6. Step Three: Build a Parent-and-Child Team
7. Step Four: Encourage Your Childs Interests
8. Step Five: Teach Your Child Self-control
9. Step Six: Coach Your Child to Learn How to Achieve
10.Step Seven: Take Care of Yourself
11.Step Eight: Take Care of Your Family
PART III: A PARENTS GUIDE TO RESOURCES
12. Your Edison-Trait Child at School
13. What Is ADD?
14. Professional Diagnosis, Testing, and Counseling
15. Medicating a Child Who Has ADD: A Personal Decision
PART IV: YOUR CHILDS FUTURE
16. Edisonian Leaders of the Information Age
THE EDISON TRAIT
Thomas Alva Edison was a prolific
inventor who, by the time he died, held 1,093 different patents. He was divergent thinking
personified. Edisons innovations ranged from sound recordings to business ventures.
His work lit a path for many, both literally and figuratively.
Edison-trait children, like Edison, are naturally creative.
They enjoy adventure and prefer new territory, especially when it comes to their own
mental landscape. Like Edison, they are highly original, unconventional, and inventive.
They are the mavericks, pioneers, and artists. Because they are disposed to divergent
thinking, it is an uphill battle for them to concentrate on only one idea at a time. In
view of this, their school years, like Edisons, may be filled with pain and
CHILDREN WHO DONT CONFORM EASILY
As a child, Thomas Edison was a misfit in the classroom. His mind was constantly
wandering and he couldnt sit still in his seat. He required personalized
instruction. He needed to learn in his own way and at his own pace. Only then could he get
himself on track, and turn his wild ideas and mischief into brilliance and scientific
Every year, educators report that they see more and more
students who fit the Edison-trait profile. These children learn by doing, seldom by
listening. They are at home on computer keyboards and probably know more about the
equipment in the audio-visual department than most of the faculty do. They are never
without questions and have a story for every occasion. During class time, some are
reclusive and some monopolize their teachers attention. Often, they are a source of
stress to others.
At home, they surprise, amaze, and incite their parents.
They are spirited children who live life with a passion and determination for pursuing
what they want. They have a talent for creating upheaval and for provoking parents to nag
or burst at the seams with frustration. They have inquisitive, inventive, Edisonian minds.
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DREAMERS, DISCOVERERS, AND DYNAMOS
If these descriptions sound familiar, ask yourself these questions: Does your child come
up with angles nobody else does sometimes humorous, sometimes mind-boggling? Does
he seem to live in his own personal world, where a quest for novelty and stimulation
reign? Is he easily distracted from assigned tasks, but intensely focused on his own?
While Edison-trait children truly are one-of-a-kind people,
their attributes do tend to fall into three different types. There is overlap and there
are exceptions, but in general these types are: Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos. Here
are some quick sketches. [Note: The full Chapter 1
gives more detailed profiles.]
Some Edison-trait children daydream. They live in the sky with their heads in the clouds.
They are imaginative and artful. Ideas and stories have personal meanings to them. They
can become quite absorbed in "inner space." If your child can tell you what star
date it is, but not the actual month, day, and year, he may be an Edison-trait Dreamer.
Other Edison-trait children are doers. They must see what happens for themselves, so they
"do" first, and ask questions later. They are insistent in their opinions and
their inquisitive, adventuresome ways. They are passionate, spontaneous, and often
dramatic and entertaining. Like Thomas Edison, they like to experiment, so they test to
see how far they can go. They experiment with themselves, with others, and with the rules.
If doing things his own way is paramount to your child he may be an Edison-trait
Sometimes, Edison-trait children also have an inordinately high energy level. These are
children who are constantly on the move. Sometimes they have an aggressive streak. Their
impulsivity lands them in various kinds of trouble, which usually disturbs those around
them more than it does them. They can be dauntless. They like power and speed and a
personal challenge. If your child cant pass up a race or a dare, he may be an