sexta-feira, 5 de setembro de 2014

Neurodiversity in the Classroom by Dr. Thomas Armstrong looks at Strength-based programming | The Art of Autism

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"In his book Neurodiversity in the Classroom, Dr. Armstrong looks at different categories for learning including intellectual disabilities, ADD/ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. He examines the latest research that focuses on strengths and aptitudes of each of these categories.
We all know the world is becoming more diverse. As Dr. Armstrong states it’s time regular and special educators “step out of the box and embrace an entirely new trend in thinking about human diversity. Rather than putting kids into separate disability categories and using outmoded tools and language to work with them, educators can use tools and language inspired by the ecology movement to differentiate learning and help kids succeed in the classroom.”
Dr. Armstrong gives specific examples for strength-based learning and how to apply positive “niche construction.” Positive niche construction is a term Dr. Armstrong borrows from biology. The book contains many examples about how teachers can look for student’s positive behaviors to create profiles of their multiple intelligences. The result is students who develop a higher self-esteem and become more engaged in the academic environment." (...)

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