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Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School (Formerly Titled 'The Edison Trait') Paperback – January 19, 1999

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Psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino claims that 20 percent of children have what she calls the Edison trait: "dazzling intelligence, an active imagination, a free-spirited approach to life, and the ability to drive everyone around them crazy." She named the trait after Thomas Edison, who flunked out of school despite his obvious brilliance. Palladino says that Edison-trait children think divergently, while the routines and structure of schools are more geared toward convergent thinking, or focusing on one idea at a time. The incompatible school environment, she says, usually leads divergent-thinking children to act out, receive poor grades, and often be labeled as strong-willed and disruptive.

These symptoms may sound similar to those of ADD, but Palladino says that's an overused term often mistakenly applied to Edison-trait children. "In most cases," she says, "ADD behavior patterns are comparable to but more extreme than the typical patterns of an Edison-trait child who does not have ADD." A diagnosis of ADD does not take into consideration factors such as "intelligence, perceptiveness, sensitivity, creativity, and wit."

With many references to scientific studies, Palladino helps you decide whether your child is one of the three types of Edison-trait children: dreamer, discoverer, or dynamo. She also gives pointed, practical advice regarding such controversial topics as diet, neurofeedback treatment, and psychological testing. For frustrated parents and educators, Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos will be a rich source of both help and hope.

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"Parents and educators alike will find this compelling reading."
--Publishers Weekly

"BRILLIANT . . . ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS IN THIS FIELD . . . Parents will find in Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos real-world solutions and the light of hope; professionals will discover a thought-provoking new view of these exceptional children."
--THOM HARTMANN
    Author of ADD: A Different Perception
    and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books; 1st Ballantine Books ed edition (January 19, 1999)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 310 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0345405730
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0345405739
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.51 x 0.72 x 8.2 inches
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Born and raised in NYC, Lucy Jo Palladino attended Fordham University. After teaching for several years, she went west to complete her PhD at Arizona State University. She conducted research and served as a clinical faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School before heading further west to Southern California.

A practicing psychologist for over thirty-five years, Dr. Palladino studies the impact of digital media on attention and the brain, especially in children. She sees parents as pioneers who need to make decisions about their children's digital habits but have little or nothing to go on.

Her newest book, PARENTING IN THE AGE OF ATTENTION SNATCHERS, gives parents evidence-based guidance to help them face the unknown with accurate information.

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