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Carolyn Lampman Brubaker
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L.D. FROM THE INSIDE OUT: A survival guide for Parents
At last, a user-friendly guide for parents of children with learning disabilities. From homework and special projects to chores and IEP meetings, L.D. From The Inside Out covers it all. Inside you will find dozens of tried and true strategies, checklists to help you guide your child, and heartwarming stories of other kids who have fought the L.D. monster and won.
L.D. From the Inside Out will change the way you look at learning disabilities forever. It will help you recognize your child’s unique gifts, and to see them for the intelligent, creative person they are. Most importantly it will give you back the hope of a bright future for your child.
Carolyn Lampman Brubaker writes from twenty years of experience as the mother of four children with learning disabilities, twenty-one years as a special education teacher, and a life-time of dealing with her own learning disabilities. She truly does know learning disabilities from the inside out.
With tender loving care,
All flowers will bloom,
Each with their own beauty.
Marge Clark (parent)
In my opinion, the term Learning Disabled is a misnomer. It implies that people with L.D. are unable to learn. Nothing could be further from the truth. By definition, someone with L.D. has average or above intelligence. In other words they’re smart! So why do they have trouble in school? Quite simply, they learn differently. Of course, that also means they’re divergent thinkers, and the world sees that as a positive. It’s the reason so many people with learning disabilities people are creative, and the reason I refer to L.D. as the hidden gift.
Several years ago my husband attended a meeting for parents of kids with disabilities. The speaker, an ‘expert’ on learning disabilities, described the child with L.D. as a battery with one dead cell. My husband took instant exception. “No, no,” he said, “you have it all wrong. An child with L.D. is like a high performance race car that you don’t have tuned just right. Once you find the right combination it will take off and beat all the rest.” Truer words were never spoken.
I recently visited an Internet web site for teens with L.D. While there, I discovered a list of eighty-five famous people the media has identified as having L.D. at one time or another. It is an amazing list of world leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, athletes, actors, actresses, artists, musicians, generals, comedians, racecar drivers, and authors. Personally, I believe the people on that list may well have accomplished their greatness because of their learning disabilities, not in spite of them.
Albert Einstein, one of those on the list, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” He might well have been talking about L.D. Knowledge is important, of course. It’s what man has learned over thousands of years, and almost entirely what we teach in schools. However, all the knowledge in the world can’t create anything new. For that you need imagination and divergent thinking, qualities people with learning disabilities tend to have in abundance. That’s why I think L.D. should stand for learns differently not learning disabled.
Most kids with L.D. walk to the beat of a different drum. Some, like my youngest son Paul, walk to the beat of a different orchestra. Paul is the type of child who gets a building set for Christmas, throws away the directions because he can’t read them then proceeds to build a far more complex and imaginative model on his own. As a parent, it is vital that you realize how important your child with L.D.’s unique perspective of the world is. You may not understand it, but you will likely be called upon to nurture and protect that creativity from those who think different is somehow bad.
Interestingly enough, if you compare the adult lives of people who were identified either as L.D. or gifted in school you may discover a strange paradox. As a group, the L.D. population tends to be far more productive and successful in their adult lives than the gifted group.
How could such a thing be true? At first it may seem impossible, but actually the explanation is simple. Our public schools, unfortunately, do not challenge our gifted children. Since everything comes easily to them, they don’t know how to handle a challenge and tend to back away from something they can’t immediately conquer. kids with L.D., on the other hand, are challenged every day of their lives. When they run into something new or unusual, they attack it with the same dogged determination that they approach everything else in their lives. Add to that the ability to think differently than the rest of the world, and you have a recipe for success.
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 280
Paper Weight (lb): 11.8