This is a powerful book not just for caregivers of children with “disorders” but for those who spent their childhood feeling “different” or “stupid” or otherwise “not quite right” then went on to achieve lots later. There’s also a larger message in here for everyone else to take away: “different” is not “bad;” when we stop the comparisons, the judgments, and the righteousness which is oh-so-human but oh-so-damaging, we can begin to recognize that EVERY brain, even the “flawed” ones–ESPECIALLY the “flawed” ones–have the capacity to bring forth something magnificent to the world.
The Power of Different helps parents, caregivers, and the “flawed” individuals themselves not only learn how to compensate but how to get comfortable with difference by peeking into the lives and success stories of remarkably successful individuals with early, “unremarkable” brains.
The book begins with a potent introduction that affirms how scary and difficult the path to success can be for children and adults diagnosed with brain differences. This section will speak volumes to those who think and learn differently. It offers validation, reassurance and hope to anyone who ever felt or feels different from the pack.
The book then goes into the different “disorders” — the diagnosis, what it means to have the specific learning difference, the challenges, the workarounds, the gifts, and tips and tools to flourish with it. From dyslexia, attention disorders, anxiety, autism and more, this book offers insights and understanding as well as a clear path forward.
The best part? The book demystifies “brain stuff” that our culture is so afraid of and provides actionable advice for those with differences to not just survive, but thrive.