Thinking differently

About the Book

Thinking Differently Book

An innovative, comprehensive guide—the first of its kind—to help parents understand and accept learning disabilities in their children, offering tips and strategies for successfully advocating on their behalf and helping them become their own best advocates.

In Thinking Differently, David Flink, the leader of Eye to Eye—a national mentoring program for students with learning and attention issues—enlarges our understanding of the learning process and offers powerful, innovative strategies for parenting, teaching, and supporting the 20 percent of students with learning disabilities. An outstanding fighter who has helped thousands of children adapt to their specific learning issues, Flink understands the needs and experiences of these children first hand. He, too, has dyslexia and ADHD.

Focusing on how to arm students who think and learn differently with essential skills, including meta-cognition and self-advocacy, Flink offers real, hard advice, providing the tools to address specific problems they face—from building self-esteem and reconstructing the learning environment, to getting proper diagnoses and discovering their inner gifts. With his easy, hands-on “Step-by-Step Launchpad to Empowerment,” parents can take immediate steps to improve their children’s lives.

Thinking Differently is a brilliant, compassionate work, packed with essential insights and real-world applications indispensable for parents, educators, and other professional involved with children with learning disabilities.

What People Are Saying

In pursuit of ensuring an excellent education for all students and especially those with learning disabilities, David Flink shares essential guidance for how to play a leading role in empowering children (with Learning Disabilities) to succeed in school and in life. What a hopeful, optimistic book!
Wendy Kopp
Wendy Kopp
Founder of Teach For America & CEO of Teach For All
What makes this book most meaningful is it helps the rest of us help kids with learning issues and, perhaps more importantly, it helps us to understand them.
Harold Koplewicz
Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz
President of the Child Mind Institute
I have grandchildren with learning differences, and I've seen how the techniques in this book can save someone's life. But this is not just a handbook for survival - it's a chance to see your children and grandchildren soar, reaching heights you and they might never have imagined.
Alan Alda
Alan Alda
Actor and Writer
I wish I'd read David Flink's Thinking Differently when my wife and I first learned our son was dyslexic; its clear and informed guidance would have spared us a lot of confusion and duress. I'm saying this not only as a parent but as a dyslexic who suffered many of the difficulties outlined in this wonderfully insightful book that strives - brilliantly at times, I should add - to shine a light on the fear and often unnecessary pain a learning disability so often results in. This book will stand out for the vigor of its insights and warm intelligence.
Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of My Dyslexia
David Flink - the most important leader of his generation in the growing movement to promote the beauty and benefits of cognitive diversity - achieves two hugely important tasks in this marvelous book. He shares the key things LD/ADHD students (and their families) need to know to meet the challenges that those who think differently most often face, and he conveys the inspiring news that these individuals should never feel alone, for they are part of a wonderfully talented and creative community, and, by coming together, they can grow, thrive and love life and themselves as never before.
Drs. Brock L. and Fernette F. Eide
Authors of the Dyslexic Advantage and the Mislabeled Child
David Flink has devoted his - thankfully - still young life to the cause of learning differences. Reading his book, which is engagingly personal as well as reliably informational, brought tears of joy to my eyes, because I see David's heroic work as representative of the brave and persistent labor millions of unusual learners put in every day to succeed - often against great odds - enriching and changing our world dramatically for the better as they do.
Dr. Ned Hallowell
Author of Delivered from Distraction and Founder of the Hallowell Center

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