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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Revised edition (August 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585420514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585420513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Armstrong is a former learning disabilities specialist who became disenchanted with the concept of disability. His alternative concept of learning differences, or unique learning styles, is modeled on Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences: linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal. Believing that schools have failed to develop children's special abilities, he suggests different ways that parents can help children to learn any subject according to their own style and to develop self-esteem. He also discusses testing and alternative methods of evaluating learning. Parents, teachers, and mental health professionals will find much of interest here.Shirley L. Hopkinson, Library & Information Science Div., Caifornia State Univ., San Jose
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., is a psychologist, learning specialist, and consultant to educational groups around the world. He has written for Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, and Parenting magazine, and is the author of nine books, including Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius and The Myth of the A.D.D. Child.

More About the Author

I've been a writer and speaker for twenty-five years, focusing on the diversity of ways in which people learn and grow. I like to read (my favorite writer is Jorge Luis Borges), paint, meditate (I do mindfulness meditation), and play Scrabble (even though my wife usually beats me). I'm particularly excited about my new book (out in December 2012) Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life It suggests that we think about brain diversity in the same way we think about biodiversity and cultural diversity. I used to work as a learning disability specialist and was disheartened by the negative labels we throw at children. I believe we need to honor and celebrate the uniqueness of each learner. My book Neurodiversity in the Classroom focuses on the strengths and abilities of students with mental health labels, including autism, dyslexia, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and intellectual disabilities. It suggests seven practical steps that educators can take to enrich the school experiences of these kids. I hope that you buy Neurodiversity in the Classroom, and tell other people about it!

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I cried when I read the first chapter of this book.
American Abroad
The book also is full of great suggestions on how to teach your child using their unique style.
Dorothy LaBar
I would recommend this book as a great tool to help parents.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you ever thought your child might have ADHD, or any other learning disability, you must read this. If you are a pediatrician, it's likely you've been pressured by schools into diagnosing patients with ADHD. Please read this before you do. Teachers/educational specialists can really learn from the masterpiece:"In Their Own Way". The brilliant author, Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., inspires us to "respect the garden of childhood" and not slap a "flawed label" such "attention deficit hyperactivity" on kids. Many kids have been branded as "underachievers", "learning disabled", simply have a nontraditional style of learning, Armstrong says. Each child has his own unique combination of multiple intelligences in learning, which must be honored and nurtured." We should not be putting these kids in remedial groups or writing them off as underachievers. Instead, he suggests: "We should use better teaching strategies appropriate to the real needs of the kids, based on their multiple intelligences." Better yet, Dr. Armstrong gives concrete teaching strategy suggestions parents and teachers can follow. He also lists learning materials, books, games,internet sites, and computer software to foster the eight intelligences. If we believe Dr. Armstrong, nurturing kids is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Children rise to the highest level of our expectations. Parents and teachers can have hope. A generation of "ADHD labeled" kids or "learning disabled" kids need not be thought of as patients needing lifelong medication or remediation, but as potential Stephen Hawkings, just waiting to be nurtured properly. It is our responsibility to help these souls find their own way. It is our future.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on March 27, 2001
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I read this book while on a 3 hour bus ride to St Mary's City with my son's 4th grade class. I was so overjoyed to have found something that provided a glimmer of recognition for my son's abilities. He was labled ADD and after several years of fighting it I was finally starting to say "Well, he is very bright, BUT he has ADD." Well, now I will say he is a Kinesthetic, Spatial and partially linguistic learner. He is bright and capable and he just doesnt fit into the traditional teaching styles, along with another 80% of the population. There is nothing WRONG with him. This book can help so many people regain confidence in themselves, their children and loved ones. Confidence that our tradtional school sytem has systematically destroyed in hundreds of thousands of bright, wonderful children by trying to force them to learn in a way that is not only unatural for them, but also, many times, impossible. This book helped me to understand my son, myself,and even my husband. Now I have some of the tools that can help me reach them. ADD may exist, but 99% of it is in the eye of the beholder.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1998
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Mr. Armstrong helped us find our child's learning style and our 12 year blossomed from an insecure, discouraged and failing student to a confident, enthusiastic young person who now finds joy in learning. This book shows that any child CAN learn, and shows the reader how to make it happen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EmGee on June 13, 2005
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I encourage anyone, everyone to read about these theories and apply them as best as they can to students, their own children, other children they may encounter, if you are stuck in that must-sit-still-and-listen traditional-mindset, you owe it to yourself and others to open up your mind to how kids learn differently. Would love to have this be enforced reading for certain teachers my children and I have encountered in the past.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By American Abroad on June 5, 2009
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I cried when I read the first chapter of this book. My daughter was so excited about starting school and immediately and passionately hated it. She hated sitting still and doing "boring paperwork, paperwork, paperwork". The school wasn't thrilled with her either and even though she was highly gifted classified her as a "problem child". Years passed in one specialist office after another with a myriad of labels being assigned. As I read the first chapter of In Their Own Way, I saw her experience and wished we had found the info earlier. It put us on a different path and helped us lobby the school for different approaches. I recommend it to everyone who I meet who is struggling with a child who doesn't fit the narrow educational mold. The information is empowering. The book gave us the data we needed to be a strong advocate for our child.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shani on October 18, 2004
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This is the kind of book you have to keep replacing because when you loan it out it won't come back!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cubefrenzy on October 5, 2009
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I enjoyed reading through this book and exploring each facet of human intelligence. I am an educator and I was looking to further my knowledge on the Multiple Intelligences theory, and although this book is written for parents, I found it easy to approach as an educator. It is full of information that can be applied to expanding a child's experiences so that they can fully develop their interests and skills in each area.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 16, 2011
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In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences
We recently took on home educating our boys and I decided to read this book in an attempt to help me find ways to help our "struggling learner" to reach his full potential. I also needed to find ways to help restore their "natural love for learning'"
It had me hooked from the first chapter & I've just finished it. 294 pages in 1 day, a new personal record for me. WOW, what an amazing source of useful information. It has helped me "see" why the system has failed our sons so miserably & why it has killed their love for learning. I "saw" many areas in which to amend my teaching strategies to better fit in with their learning styles & preferences. It has given me insight on how to restructure their next school year in a way that would make our home education journey less stressful and yet more productive...
Had I read this book last year when we started homeschooling this year would have been very different & much less stressfull...
This is an absolute MUST read for ALL parents as well as educators. I believe if all schools implemented teaching strategies that addressed ALL learning styles in the classrooms, schooling in our country could be revolutionized. Unfortunately regular educators care only about competence in its most traditional & bookish sense - reading, writing, science, social studies & Maths in boring text and worksheets. Students who are talented in art, music, dance, mechanical repair, computer programming, or are creative in not-traditional ways wither away & become the underachievers, learning disabled & ADHD labelled.
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