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Nurturing the Spirit of the Wild, Odd, and Oppositional Child – Revised Edition
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Genius! is an inspiring guide to nurturing the remarkable abilities of "attention different" (AD) children diagnosed with conditions such as autism, Asperger Syndrome, AD/HD, bipolar disorder, or Tourette Syndrome (TS).

Drawing on their experiences with their own son, who has TS, George T. Lynn and Joanne Barrie Lynn offer a positive parenting philosophy and successful strategies for creating an affirmative social and emotional environment that unlocks the potential genius in 'neurologically eccentric' children. The authors emphasize the importance of identifying the signs of giftedness, providing the necessary care and mentoring, and using medication with due consideration of its benefits and limitations. They also acknowledge the need to confront the `dark side' of atypical neurology - obsessiveness, self-centredness and hyperactivity - and offer helpful advice on ensuring parents' and carers' own emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

This book will be an essential tool for parents and carers to help bring out the best in their AD child and help him explore his full potential in life. This revised edition also includes additional material on working with older age groups.
  • Published: Nov 04 2005
  • Pages: 272
  • 232 x 154mm
  • ISBN: 9781843108207
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Press Reviews

  • Tourette Syndrome Association

    The Lynns' account of parenting their son with TS is augmented with information that all parents of children with atypical neurology will find compelling. From the pros and cons of medication to coping with impulsivity and rage, this revised edition also includes additional information on older children.

    This is a very good book... after reading a few pages, and some of the many case histories, I was completely absorbed. I kept writing the words 'compelling', 'intriguing' and 'fascinating' in my notes. Every chapter gives in-depth advice, based on practical experience, of how parents can help their child. This advice could also be translated into the school or therapeutic setting. This book is overwhelmingly positive, but realistic, and makes one feel that there can be a hopeful future for youngsters with these difficulties, if only we can guide their creativity. It will be valuable for any professional involved with people with these difficulties and their families, or anyone seeking to gain insight into these perplexing conditions.
  • Book News

    This update of the 2004 edition quotes Einstein that "every child is born a genius." Drawing on their experiences as the parents of a son with Tourette syndrome and case studies of children with such conditions as autism, attention deficit disorder, and depression, the Lynns (who are health professionals) offer parents/caregivers tips for unlocking the potential of "neurologically eccentric" children while nurturing themselves.
  • News Check

    The title of the book actually refers to young people with Tourette's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and bipolar disorder. Genius! left me feeling positive about the potential of these young people who I increasingly come into contact with. I have learnt how essential it is for parents to get their children involved with other parties, specialists and the community as a whole.
  • Dr Gabor Maté

    A rare and precious gift to all those working with neurologically challenged children.