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  1. Hi Cindy,
    Your work was recommended to me by a homeschooling Mom when I asked a group of Moms I belong to about how to teach my 3.5 reading (he’s asking – it’s not entirely my idea). Anyway, I looked at this website and as I was reading through the excerpt from your book, I can’t couldn’t help but think of a connection with a book written by Elaine Aron about Highly Sensitive Children. It seems to me that almost all of the Highly Sensitive People (Children in our case…and there are 20% of the population who are) ARE the kind of people you are talking about. It doesn’t surprise me.

    I’m looking forward to reading your book.
    Lana Goldberg

    • Yes, Lana, absolutely there is a link! It’s my assertion that most right-brained people are highly sensitive. (I try not to state absolutes, but “all” isn’t probably far off.) Being highly sensitive means being emotion-based and right-brained people are definitely emotion-based in their thinking. Thus, being highly sensitive is a common temperament trait for a right-brained person.

      Thanks for commenting, and I hope you can help your son learn to read at a time and in a way that’s just right for him. Our children let us know as long as we can make sure society’s left-brained value system doesn’t accidentally interfere.

      • Cindy, I enjoyed listening to you speak at the LDSHE homeschool conference this year, and I listened to your two CD’s my friend and I got there, and I LOVED them! I did want to mention, however, that several of the things you mentioned in the CD about living with the right-brained child would be what I would call traits of highly sensitive children, not right-brained children only.

        Although I can see how many right-brainers are highly sensitive, I just wanted to say that I’m married to a very left-brained highly sensitive person, and I have at least one very left-brained highly sensitive child. They have some of the traits you discussed. So it might be worth distinguishing between the two, since many of the strategies you used to help your kids would be the same to help highly sensitive left-brained kids too :-).

        I’m sure you’re familiar with the books _The Highly Sensitive Person_, _The Highly Sensitive Child_, etc. They’re very helpful as well.

        • Hey Joy! Yes, I definitely know about the work of Elaine Aron and her label of “highly sensitive” child/person, etc.! Definitely a great book to have in one’s collection. I actually have it listed in my resource section and I mention it on two separate occasions in my book at the appropriate times I bring up being highly sensitive.

          I’m just curious, is your child who is left-brained and sensitive a boy? The reason I ask is I believe being highly sensitive and right-brained overlap by I’ll bet a good 80%. I talk about in my book about how *some* right-brained girls can bring in certain left-brained attributes because the female gene has left-brained attributes to it. So, the same can be true for boys…*some* left-brained boys could bring in certain right-brained attributes because the male gene has right-brained attributes to it.

          My right-brained daughter married a left-brained man, but I definitely see some right-brained attributes in him…being highly sensitive (in his own way) is one of them, as well as imagination.

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  3. For anyone seeking an experiential and researched based understanding of how children learn, The Right Side of Normal is the book for you. I am a retired compensatory education administrator with thirty-seven years of experience and I have never seen a more useful resource than this book. I am now homeschooling a grandson that is an extremely right-brained, visual spatial learner with auditory processing difficulities and extreme sensitivies issues.
    Like no other book, The Right Side of Normal offers practical, personal information based 0n an amazing synposis of current rearch of how children learn. This is a book that should be read by homeschooler parents, public and private school parents and educators as well as anyone just interested in how children learn. Thanks Cindy for showing that parents can indeed be powerful resources for facilitating the education of their children. I wish I had had this book thirty-seven years ago. Mary Landers-Horton

    • Wow, Mary! Thank you SO much for the wonderful review. May I use this in a more prominent place on my website? I appreciate your taking the time to write this and how you felt the book is influencing your current situation.

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