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Levine produces case studies of seven children and adults who have been labeled lazy and identifies internal sources that are undermining their production. Many of their output issues revolve around difficulties with writing, as is the case with Russell, who is hindered by his low motor skills, or Clint, whose long-term memory lapses prevent him from expressing himself well. Other weaknesses, such as poor oral language ability, mental energy dysfunction, poor idea generation, and organizational problems, plague the individuals in these case studies. Levine talks briefly about external factors that contribute to low output, such as socioeconomic background, family life, and negative role models. In the profile for Scott Murray, Levine even has the humility to admit that he was unable to reach this young man. External influences--namely, Scotts privileged upbringing--were too pervasive in causing his output failure.
The last few chapters are devoted to suggestions for what parents and teachers can do to foster productive output in their children and students and how to detect a problem that is internal rather than environmental. Tips on how to cultivate writing skills, set up an organized home office, and assist with homework are aimed at parents while teachers are encouraged to consider individuality among their students learning styles. Finally, the appendices offer two worksheets to help students plan stories and reports. Two additional worksheets help pinpoint whether output problems are the cause of poor schoolwork. This is a valuable book that will give parents some guidance in solving their childrens productivity issues and preparing their children successfully for adulthood. --Cristina Vaamonde --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I recommended this book to every parent.
Dr. Mel Levine, founder of "All Kinds of Minds Institute" and the Director of "The Center for Development and Learning," debunks "The Myth of Laziness."
Read this book and you will get away from the way some in society want to categorize the child with learning problems.
Very interesting book with extensive case studies of people with "disabilities" in motor and mind function that imparied their productivity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zan Steiner
I used to recommend two markers for underlining: one for the parent to highlight the traits they saw in their child and another for the traits that described them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brenda A. Young
Anyone that is a parent of a child that has the daily battle of learning with an auditory processing disorder needs to read this book and educate themselves on the battle that... Read morePublished 11 months ago by valleystationgirl
I commented on a book on child development by author Melvin Levine providing important information on the status of this author that should have been provided but wasn't given by... Read morePublished 19 months ago by elizabeth
Ordered this book because I really appreciate Mel Levine's other work and I was pleased with this one too. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Eva Tomashefski
The Myth of Laziness in an excellent resource for parents and educators. If you hear a teacher or parent say that a child is smart but is just not working hard enough, then you... Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Barbara Naess
Due to the fact that this man may have been sexually abusing the patients under his care, I cannot recommend any of the information contained in this book. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by Coffee
This is just a few case studies of how this guy diagnosed people, who were labeled as lazy, with something like ADD instead. Nice cop-out. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by teds
As a contrarian, I was attracted by the title of this book. It was *fantastic*! The author is a neuro-developmental pediatrician who specializes in diagnosing the neurological... Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by K Trimbach