Genius! is an inspiring guide to nurturing the remarkable abilities of "attention different" (AD) children diagnosed with conditions such as autism, Asperger Syndrome, AD/HD, bipolar disorder, or Tourette Syndrome (TS).
Drawing on their experiences with their own son, who has TS, George T. Lynn and Joanne Barrie Lynn offer a positive parenting philosophy and successful strategies for creating an affirmative social and emotional environment that unlocks the potential genius in 'neurologically eccentric' children. The authors emphasize the importance of identifying the signs of giftedness, providing the necessary care and mentoring, and using medication with due consideration of its benefits and limitations. They also acknowledge the need to confront the `dark side' of atypical neurology - obsessiveness, self-centredness and hyperactivity - and offer helpful advice on ensuring parents' and carers' own emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.
This book will be an essential tool for parents and carers to help bring out the best in their AD child and help him explore his full potential in life. This revised edition also includes additional material on working with older age groups.
'A rare and precious gift to all those working with neurologically challenged children.' - Dr Gabor Mate
Editor's Preface. Author's Preface. Acknowledgements. The Spirit in the Bottle. Introduction. 1. First Criterion: Caregivers Recognize the AD Child's Genius. 2. Second Criterion: Caregivers are Attuned to the AD Child. 3. Third Criterion: Caregivers Help the Child Discover a Great Story That Moves Him Forward. 4. Fourth Criterion: Caregivers Build the AD Child's Participation in a Community. 5. Fifth Criterion: Caregivers Address Physical Factors and Medication. 6. Sixth Criterion: Caregivers Help the AD Child Re-member Himself. Introduction to Part II. Seventh Criterion: Caregivers Practice High-Level Wellness in Their Own Lives.7. Self-Care Rule Number One: Live on Purpose! 8. Self-Care Rule Number Two: Live Free! 9. Self-Care Rule Number Three: Cultivate Love in Your Life. 10. The Peril of Neglecting to Nourish the Genius of the AD Child. 11. How Learning Disabilities Frustrate the Expression of Positive Genius. Conclusion. Appendix. The Field of Nurturing Awareness Checklist. Notes. Epigrams by Chapter. References. Subject index. Author index.