Looking, once again, at Neurodiversity:I was using the term Neurodiversity and wanted to make sure I was using it correctly. As I was poking around the Internet, I came across the name of Dr. Thomas Armstrong, who has written about topics relating to Neurodiversity (http://the-mouse-trap.com/2010/07/31/neurodiversityan-interview-with-dr-thomas-armstrong/ & http://www.institute4learning.com/thomas-armstrong/).
To summarize, because I am not writing a research report, Thomas Armstrong is interested in looking at the strengths of individuals who may have ADHD, be on the Autistic Spectrum or have other brain differences. This does not mean that brain differences, like all differences, can be challenging in different situations, but it the key idea is that there is strength in diversity.
I mentioned to the class about an old episode of Arthur where George meets Carl, who has Apbergers Syndrome which is on the Autistic spectrum.
This morning, I saw a link to a CBC documentary on David Teitel. I remember him, when he was a cashier at Noah's Health food store at Spadina and Bloor. He would often share interesting statistics and facts and I had no idea how he came up with them. At the time, I did not know that he would exemplify the idea of Neurodiversity before I had the faintest idea that I would be a teacher and embrace the different ways our brains function.
I only thought it was fair, and patriotic, to give a shout-out to the Canadian Space Agency.
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