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A Mind at a Time: America's Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed Paperback – January 9, 2003
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Worried about the growing tendency to medicate and attach stigmatizing labels (such as ADD) to problematic learners, Levine, cofounder of the nonprofit institute All Kinds of Minds, offers parents a heartening new model of learning based on his deep respect for the uniqueness of individual minds. Levine's soft-spoken reading style lends to the tapes a personal, compassionate and reassuring tone that would be lost in the written word, gently guiding parents to identify their child's strengths and weaknesses in any of eight neurodevelopmental systems, including attention, motor, memory, language and social thinking. Describing himself as "a pediatrician with a mission," Levine confirms the resiliency of children's minds to overcome dysfunction, bolstering his argument with more than 30 years worth of case studies, stories of his own struggle with fine motor function, plenty of indicative symptoms corresponding to each "system of the mind" and helpful teaching concepts and tips to enhance all learning patterns. Levine's recommendation for listeners to follow up with his book and Web site rings true parents unfamiliar with their child's specific issues may find themselves a bit out of their depth, as the scope of this abridged version is extensive.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Howard Gardner Professor in Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of The Disciplined Mind and Frames of Mind A wide-ranging exploration of the myriad ways in which young minds differ, coupled with vivid and useful recommendations about developing those minds to the fullest.
Edward Hallowell, M.D. instructor, Harvard Medical School; director, The Hallowell Center, Sudbury, Massachusetts; author of Driven to Distraction and Human Moments. A Mind at a Time continues Mel Levine's enormously valuable lifework of helping children find success....Brimming with intelligence, humor, wit, and originality...this is a groundbreaking and useful book.
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In addition to the lack of originality and familiarity with current educational research and practice, there is the question of continuing to hold Levine up as a pediatric authority given the accusations and events that ended his medical practice and ultimately his life. While his suicide prevented the matter from ever being proven in a court of law, Levine surrendered his medical practice in more than one state following multiple accusations of misconduct with young patients in those states. The book includes more than one recommendation of matters that should be kept between young patient and doctor, where he recommends parents stay out of the conversation - creepy recommendations given what he was accused of. Given that his ideas can be found from many reputable education and medical sources, why use a source that is so tainted? Look to Gardener's work on Multiple Intelligences and you'll get everything you needed from Levine.
While Dr. Levine is an enthusiastic and dynamic speaker with riveting anecdotes about his patients, his writing tends to be a little drier than his "in person" delivery. When he is telling these anecdotes and others in the book, it is gripping. The reader feels like they know the exact kid he is talking about, but a lot of the rest of the book is rather dry in its delivery.
I love the message Dr. Levine has about each of us having learning differences and that learning to approach them and strategize a "work around" is the real solution, not labeling and medicating.
I still plan on using this book for a study group in my school. I am hoping that as a group, we can cheer each other through the tougher sections. After the first 100 pages, I had to slot a day and time when I would read this book so that I didn't just put it down and never pick it up again.
If you ever get the opportunity to hear Dr. Levine speak, jump at it.
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