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"The Right Side of Normal" for those with learning disabilites or gifted
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I had seen the title of this book different times over the past year, but didn’t really look into it……until now! How I wish I would have read this sooner. I have it now and I am only on chapter 2, but it has already given me insight into why my daughter may struggle so much. Yes, I believe there are definite learning delays with my daughter (turning 13), but she definitely is teachable. I have just had so many frustrations over the past several years finding what works. I could give you a list of labels that would surely be put on my daughter because of her learning difficulties, and maybe some of them are legitimate, because she was born with a form of cerebral palsy, because of a stroke in-utero. But, she certainly fits this category of right-brained learners. I am so excited about planning for my daughter’s 7th grade year using resources such as this for a guide. Thank you to those who have talked about it in other threads. So much helpful information on this board:)
I wanted to mention this, because in reading just the first chapter, I was hit with the realization that maybe not all of my daughter’s ‘labels’ are true learning disorders (I could probably give a half dozen or more). For those who have children with official or unofficial diagnoses of learning disabilities, I wanted to encourage you to look into resources such as this for some guidance. Here is an excerpt from this book.
“Common labels for right-brained children are: ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorder, phonological awareness disorder, vision disorder, sensory processing disorder, and other general learning disabilities. Those who are gifted or diagnosed on the autism spectrum are often right-brained learners as well.”
The first chapter is called “Shifting Perspective”. Maybe my daughter’s are not all true learning disabilities. And yes, my daughter fits 6 of these labels. It has been overwhelming for me, because I knew there were multiple issues. Although there are true weaknesses, I believe this resource will give me help in some areas where I just need to teach her differently. This book is 469 pages, so it will take me a good while to finish it, but it has already, after only reading 36 pages, given me some hope that I can finally find ways to help my daughter reach her potential. So, those of you who, like me, have had times where you just wanted to give up, or maybe you have, like me, tried special programs that didn’t work, keep pressing on. I know there are other resources out there that are helpful. This book has been mentioned in numerous threads, but my intent was to be sure all who need this kind of guidance would be aware of it. I am hopeful that by the end of next school year, I can come back here with success stories, rather than ‘help me’ questions. Hope this will give some hope to moms of struggling children.MonicaParticipant
Very timely recommendation for me. Thank you.caedmynParticipant
I have this on my list to get through ILL eventually. There’s another book that’s along the same lines I think that I’ve found very helpful for one of my non-typical kids (I have two kids who likely have dylsexia and ADD/ADHD), called “Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World”.
caedmyn – I think I have heard of that book. I will keep that in mind, if I need something more when I get through this one. From what I can tell, this book does a thorough job of addressing the school issues and giving recommendations. I am anxious to get to the actual teaching ideas in the different subjects. I’m not a speed reader and this is a thick book. But, I am reading it at just the right time, preparing for the fall. I’m so happy to have some excitement about homeschooling again:)amama5Participant
The book is pricey! It does sound worth it though. There are books by Sarah Major listed as recommendations that look very helpful, although I haven’t seen them besides the amazon preview. Right-Brained Multiplication & Division, a Forget Memorization Book. (addition, other fact books too).retrofamParticipant
Funschooling Journals are another idea for curricula.
The book IS pricey, but I believe it will be worth it. I purchased mine on Ebay brand new through Barnes and Noble for $27.50. That was total price, because it had free shipping. I’ve seen it for much more.
retrofam – My daughter loves to write, although her spelling is terrible. The journal sounds like a good idea. Can you give an example of one or a website where one is shown? I guess I can Google it. I’m one that likes to have something to follow, as I am not the creative type:)sherazParticipant
You can get it used on Amazon for $13.01 or so right now, plus shipping.
This book was helpful for me as well. It really helped me to know what to expect, when, and – really important for me – helped me have the words and ability to talk about my dd’s challenges in positive ways with concerned people. =)Morgan ConnerParticipant
I will have to look into this. Thank you!!5heartsathomeParticipant
I have read this book as well and it did help me to understand so much more about my daughter. It was very helpful. *I think it is wise to avoid any labels, of course.* While I may know that my daughter has right-brained blessings, I don’t point out these distinctions to her. She is just as God intended her to be and I adjust my teaching to fit her. Her strengths are in painting, drawing, music, singing, playing piano, crafting, etc. I allow her to use those blessings in our core subjects like math, reading, science and history to learn well and easily. I do not let myself get trapped in the worldly way of thinking she is “behind”. She is just as she should be and I teach her right where she is. 🙂
A predominantly right-brained child can thrive with a Charlotte Mason education simply because there are so many opportunities throughout the day to nurture their creativity!!! I love CM and have been teaching it for three years now.
If you read the reviews on Amazon about The Right Side of Normal, there are other great books that are suggested by other reviewers. I have not read any others yet, but I do have on my shelf Teaching the Right Brained Child by Dianne Craft. I will read it/watch the DVD soon. Hopefully, I can remember to post a review back on this thread.
Warning…Gaddis’ book is very repetitive. You many want to get a notebook devoted to this and jot down notes or page numbers for topics that specifically suit your daughter. Trying to go back and locate information in this long book would take forever.
I hope that your next school year is blessed by your readings. Sometimes God gives us a particular struggle to lead us to a better way in which we can be so thankful to Him for relief and answers. I know I praise Him for wonderful and fun school days now…things are smooth sailing here at our house since I stopped trying to make my daughter fit my ways…she is the learner, not me. Don’t forget to adjust to your child’s ways.
Hope that helps
Funschooling books . com. They are sold on Amazon. There are a bunch of different ones from horses to spelling to boys and girls ones. My dd has three so far.5heartsathomeParticipant
Also, reading or watching anything about or by Temple Grandin is worth it. It helps to understand “right-brained” blessings. 🙂
<h3 class=”r”>Temple Grandin | Speaker | TED.com</h3>amama5Participant
5heartsathome: Can you expand with more details on how you practically use those blessings to learn well, as you said, in math/reading/science/history? Thanks
I am wondering the same thing. My daughter is into art and music, so if you have any examples of how you have used those gifts in other subjects, please share. I’m not creative, so I am always looking for ideas:)
retrofam – Do you use the journals as supplements, or are they used as a core?
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