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Beyond ADD: Hunting for Reasons in the Past and Present Paperback – August 20, 1996
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Thom Hartmann is a pioneer in ADD research. His previous books have shown how individuals with ADD are not just "hyperactive" or "easily distracted," but actually possess highly adaptive, entrepreneurial skills - traits which served ancient hunters but meet with resistance in modern agrarian societies. His theory was profiled in Time magazine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Thom Hartmann is the author of six books on ADD and former executive director of a residential treatment facility for abused and emotionally disturbed children. He authored more than 200 published articles and has spoken at conferences around the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I applaud Hartmann's willingness and desire to advocate in favor of child-centered education which takes into account how each individual child learns and processes information. In this regard, Hartmann is keen on shifting education to meet the child's style of learning rather than labeling a child "ADD/ADHD" because the child does not conform to a rigid or prescribed method of instruction. He points out that children as well as adults have a need to be challenged but not to the point that are completely frustrated. Accordingly, a reasonable level of challenge will stimulate an interest in learning and in participating in academics.
Hartmann does not believe ADD/ADHD is necessarily "bad." Instead, he emphasizes the idea that supposedly high levels of distractibility and impulsivity---characteristics associated with ADD---may also be beneficial in a highly dynamic environment so perhaps the ADD individual so should seek academic and work situations that capitalize on these characteristics.
Ultimately, Hartmann shares with the reader what he terms as "nourishing food for thought" on the subject showing not only his knowledge and insights about the matter but also his sheer fascination with it. I highly recommend this book, especially to someone who is relatively new to the subject matter.
1) Education is conditioning and is particularly hostile to children with ADD.
2) ADD is now an industry with victimization and illness now fashionable.
3) The industrialized world provides an environment particularly challenging for people with ADD for reasons such as lack of exercise, lack of exposure to sunlight and too much television.
This review appeared in the Annotated Bibliography of Learning A Living, A Guide to Planning Your Career and Finding A Job for People with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyslexia
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