Table of Contents

Introduction: Strengths-Based Learning (vii)

Preface: The Story of How It All Began (1)

 

Section One: Shifting Perspective (11)

Chapter One: Reclaiming Our Creative Children (17)

How Does the Brain Work? (18)

The Right-Brained/Left-Brained Label (19)

The Right-Brained/Left-Brained Trait Differences (20)

The Right-Brained/Left-Brained Communication (21)

Why Does the Brain Dominance Information Matter? (21)

Education (21)

Work (22)

How Do I Determine Brain Dominance? (23)

Right-Brained Adult―Right-Brained Child (24)

Left-Brained Adult―Right-Brained Child (25)

How Many Right-Brained Learners Are There? (25)

Chapter Two: When an Apple Is an Apple (30)

Expert Building Blocks (32)

Howard Gardner (33)

Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. (35)

Jeffrey Freed, M.A.T., and Laurie Parsons (36)

Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D. (37)

Dr. Dana Scott Spears and Dr. Ron L. Braund (39)

Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D. (39)

Making the Connection (40)

It’s All in the Name (40)

Let’s Make More Room (41)

Chapter Three: Unraveling Right-Brained Labels (45)

Our Left-Brained Value System (48)

Academic Labels. (48)

Social Labels. (49)

Sensory Labels (50)

The Myth of Labels (52)

Overlapping Criteria (52)

From Disability to Creativity (54)

Creativity Can’t Be Measured (55)

Chapter Four: Earlier Is Not Better (58)

Comparing “Old Fashioned” Upbringing with Current Trends (59)

Delayed Formal Academics (8 to 10 Years) (60)

Research Evidence. (60)

Global Evidence (61)

Historical Evidence (62)

How Academic Instruction Is Delivered (63)

When Academic Instruction Is Delivered (63)

Stages of Learning (66)

 

Section Two: The Core Traits (71)

Chapter Five: The Universal Gifts (77)

Core Traits (79)

Universal Gifts (81)

Reality vs. Imagination (82)

Costume Play (82)

Figure Toy Play (83)

Stuffed Animal Play (84)

Imaginary Friends (85)

Skewing the Line between Reality and Pretend (86)

Reality-Based Play (88)

Object Manipulation Play (88)

Word Based vs. Picture Based (90)

Visual Imagery (90)

A Comparative Example (92)

Chapter Six: The Creative Outlets (97)

The Role of Creative Outlets in the Early Years (98)

Inherent Benefits of Creative Outlets (99)

Creative Outlets in Action (100)

Computers/Video Games (101)

Art/Photography (104)

Puzzles/Mazes (106)

Building/Electronics (108)

Math/Numbers (110)

Music/Dance (112)

Theater/Showmanship (114)

Cooking/Gardening (115)

Fashion/Sewing (117)

Life Work from Creative Outlets (118)

Chapter Seven: The “Right” Time for Learning (121)

Stages of Learning Time Frames (123)

Symbolic vs. Three-Dimensional (124)

Foundation Stage―Developing Universal Gifts (125)

Transition Stage―Symbolic Development (126)

Sequential vs. Global (127)

Arithmetic to Mathematics―The Left-Brained Way (129)

Mathematics to Arithmetic―The Right-Brained Way (129)

Part vs. Whole (130)

Learning to Read (131)

Foundation and Transition Stages―Writing/Spelling the Left-Brained Way (132)

Integration Stage―Writing/Spelling the Right-Brained Way (132)

Memorization vs. Association (135)

Math Facts―The Left-Brained Way (135)

Math Facts―The Right-Brained Way (135)

Visual Resource Tools (136)

Logical (Mind) vs. Intuitive (Heart) (138)

Showing Your Work (139)

Holistic Imagery―All at Once (139)

Stages of Learning Time Frames Summary (141)

Foundation Stage (5 to 7 Years) (141)

Transition Stage (8 to 10 Years) (142)

Integration Stage (11 to 13 Years) (142)

Chapter Eight: Loves to Learn; Hates to Be Taught (145)

Compliant vs. Resistant (149)

Mismatched Teaching Style (150)

Mismatched Teaching Time (150)

Undeveloped Skills (151)

Inexperienced Communication Skills (151)

Inability to Delete Information (152)

Lacking Personal Relevance (153)

External Perfectionism vs. Internal Perfectionism (155)

Perfectionism Support―Mistake Coaching (156)

Modeling Healthy Self-Talk (156)

Practice Makes Perfect (157)

Reconnect with Previous Success (158)

Gentle Pushing (159)

Give It a Try (160)

Living with Perfectionism (161)

Chapter Nine: Creative Results (164)

Product vs. Process (166)

The Product of Learning to Read (166)

The Process of Learning to Read (167)

The Product of Learning Math (169)

The Process of Learning Math (170)

The Product of Writing (170)

The Process of Writing (171)

The Purpose Is the Creative Process (172)

Deadlines―The Left-Brained Way (173)

Deadlines―The Right-Brained Way (174)

Time vs. Space (175)

Time for Creative Flow (176)

Time for Percolating (177)

Time for Active Thinking (178)

Time Schedules (179)

Where Am I? (179)

Helping vs. Changing (180)

I Needed to Change (181)

A Little Bit of Help (181)

You’re Daughter Isn’t Sick, She’s a Dancer (183)

 

Section Three: Common Subject Differences (185)

Chapter Ten: Reading Fallacies (193)

Different Types of Readers (194)

Information Reader (195)

Pleasure Reader (195)

Instructional Reader (196)

Joyful or Hard? (197)

Different Learning Patterns (198)

Individual Readiness (198)

Reading Time Frame (201)

Typical Right-Brained Time Frame (201)

Verbal Ability Exception (202)

Spatial and Energy Exceptions (203)

Resources vs. Curriculum (204)

Meaningful Reading Opportunities (205)

Make the Resource Work for You (206)

Types of Visual Reading Resources (208)

Right-Brained Criteria (208)

Beware of Fitting In (209)

Chapter Eleven: Reading Stages of the Right-Brained Learner (213)

Pre-Reading Stage (5 to 7 Years Old) (215)

Building a Library of Pictorial Images (216)

Developing Strong Visualization Skills (217)

Enjoying a Positive Relationship with Print (218)

Learning to Read Stage (8 to 10 Years Old) (220)

Word-to-Picture Translations (220)

Picture and Story Context (222)

Sight Word Base (224)

Pre-Fluency Stage (9 to 11 Years Old) (225)

Visual Resources (226)

Book Series (227)

Silent Reading (227)

Chapter Twelve: Building the Road to Math Competency (232)

Math Pre-Skill Development (2 to 4 Years Old) (234)

The Spatial Approach (235)

The Visual Approach (238)

Beginning Mathematics (5 to 7 Years Old) (240)

The Spatial Approach (241)

The Visual Approach (242)

Beginning Arithmetic (8 to 10 Years Old) (243)

Exploration through Percolation Time (243)

Common Myths about Right-Brained Math Processes (246)

Formal Math Resources (11 to 13 Years Old) (247)

The Spatial Approach (248)

The Visual Approach (248)

Career Path and Gift Development (14 to 16 Years Old) (249)

The Spatial and Visual Approaches (251)

Chapter Thirteen: The Art of Writing (254)

Pictorial and Oral Expressions of Ideas (5 to 7 Years Old) (256)

Advancement through Copying (257)

Mirroring a Story Line (259)

Oral Storytelling (261)

Bookmaking (262)

Visual and Technological Expressions of Ideas (8 to 10 Years Old) (264)

Comic Books (264)

Computer and Video Games (265)

Movie Making (266)

Written Expressions of Ideas (11 to 13 Years Old) (268)

Chapter Fourteen: Writing Traits of the Right-Brained Learner (273)

Copying: Mentoring or Cheating? (275)

Creative Writing Outlets (277)

Color Inspiration (277)

Computer Graphics Inspiration (248)

Builder Storytelling (280)

Acting Out Storylines (282)

Make Technology Available to the Young (283)

Chapter Fifteen: The Act of Writing (286)

Penmanship/Handwriting (288)

Teaching Methods (288)

Right-Brained Time Frame (290)

Letter Reversal (290)

Settling Down (292)

Developmental Differences (293)

Spelling (296)

No Lessons Required (296)

Invented Spelling (297)

Spelling Words are Like LEGO® Building (298)

Spelling through Real Writing (300)

Grammar (300)

Vocabulary (302)

Maturity and Environmental Influences (303)

Use It or Lose It (303)

Raising the Bar through Mentoring (304)

Chapter Sixteen: Early Subject Strengths (308)

History (310)

Cultures and Geography (311)

Mythology (313)

Animals (314)

Nature (317)

Science (319)

 

Section Four: Common Labels (325(

Chapter Seventeen: Paying Attention to the Connection (331)

Inattention (333)

Matched Learning Environment (334)

Listening Strategies (336)

Gender Differences (337)

Co-Morbidity Situations (337)

Focus Strategies (338)

Hyperactivity (339)

Extroversion Factor (340)

Gender Factor (341)

Emotional Regulation Factor (342)

Maturity Factor (343)

Impulsivity (344)

Lack of Self-Regulation (345)

Coexisting Behaviors (346)

Telling Stories or Compulsive Lying? (347)

Food Focus: Pica or Stress Relief? (348)

Chapter Eighteen: Dissing the “Dys-” Phenomenon (352)

Dyslexia (354)

Comparing Dyslexia Symptoms to Right-Brained Traits (355)

The Right-Brained Reading Path Is Valid (360)

Straighten Up Your Attitude (361)

Does Dyslexia Exist? (362)

Dysgraphia (363)

Dyscalculia (366)

Chapter Nineteen: Input Modalities (372)

Auditory (374)

The Word Hook―The Left-Brained Way (374)

The Visual or Kinesthetic Hook―The Right-Brained Way (375)

Broken Child Paradigm (378)

Strengths/Weakness Paradigm (379)

Auditory Processing Disorder (380)

Visual (384)

The Eye-Brain Connection (384)

The Brain-Modality Connection (386)

The Eye-Time Frame Connection (387)

The Time Frame-Resource Connection (388)

Does Vision Therapy Help? (389)

Kinesthetic (Touch) (392)

Sensory Differences (393)

Energy Differences (395)

Chapter Twenty: Giftedness―Twice as Nice? (397)

Intelligence Mislabled (398)

Asynchronous Development and Twice Exceptional (399)

Asperger’s Syndrome (400)

May I Have Your Attention Span (401)

Learning (401)

Social (402)

Deep Thinkers (404)

Learning (404)

Social (405)

Adult Understanding (407)

Learning (407)

Social (408)

Laughter Is the Best Medicine (410)

Learning (410)

Social (410)

Caution: Road Block Ahead (411)

Magic Mirror on the Wall: Being Highly Self-Aware (411)

Picture Perfect (414)

Why Do I Exist? (414)

You Either Got It or You Don’t (417)

Chapter Twenty-One: Sifting Autism Spectrum Disorder from Right-Brained Learning (420)

Interests: Perseveration vs. Passion (422)

Family Connections (423)

Interest Expansion (424)

Socialization (426)

Fine Motor Development (427)

Career Development (428)

Sensory: Self-Stimulatory Behaviors vs. Sensitivities (430)

Obsession: Obsessive-Compulsive vs. Emotional Regulation (433)

Compulsion (434)

Addiction (435)

Obsession (436)

Shifting Perspective on Balance (436)

Label Stereotypes (438)

Add an Asterisk―Plus More (439)

Academics: Delayed Learning or Delayed Time Frame (440)

The Right-Brained/Left-Brained Continuum (442)

Chapter Twenty-Two: Shift Begins with Us (446)

Shift Begins with Us―Empowered Parents (448)

Shift Begins with Us―At Home (449)

The Power of Observation(450)

Bring Them Home (451)

Shift Begins with Us―At School (452)

Alternative Time Frames (453)

An Early Strengths-Based Focus (453)

Diverse Teaching Methods(454)

Individualized Assessments (455)

Gift Development through Goal Setting (457)

Additional School Options (458)

Shift Begins with Us―In Research (459)

Shift Begins with Us―In the Right-Brained Movement (460)

Shift Begins with Us―Empowered Parents in Action (463)

Collectively (463)

Individually (464)

 

Index (473)

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