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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 1999
I thought my child was learning disabled. This book proved that she is merely a right-brained visual learner. She is also ADHD and gifted. I couldn't understand why she had so much trouble with phonics and spelling. I've teased her that she has a teflon brain because some things just don't stick. Every week I help her with spelling using the visual method described in the book. She often makes A's depending on how much she practices. It's the only method that works for her. I also used the shortened version of teaching her long division and it worked like a miracle. Her teacher read the book and started making comments that she could add in her head much better than some of the others. This comment and other similar ones tremendously boosted her self-esteem. I am a teacher of gifted students also. This helped me understand many of my students that I thought were borderline ADHD. One parent was certain her child was dyslexic. After screening the child for dyslexia I finally proved to her that he is just right-brained. She was a little annoyed with me for teaching him how to spell backwards because now he spells much better backwards! She must think I put a real "spell" on him! I can't thank Dr. Freed enough for finally explaining why my so called "gifted" child couldn't spell simple words. He also made the connection of gifted and ADHD that I felt existed but couldn't prove or explain. I now understand the difference between gifted, ADHD, dyslexic, and right-brained children. I would like a sequel to the book because I've referred to it for other math problems but there was none. This book should be a requirement for ALL teachers!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 1999
I have two boys--both are wonderful, yet both had difficulty with school. This book reveals that today's teaching methods may be(and are) 50 years out of date. It gives concrete ideas and methods that really will help your child feel successful. Schools often make your child feel like a failure. My eldest son had a hard time with spelling--after trying one of the examples with my son--he looked over the spelling list, turned it over in less than 30 seconds, and was then able to spell all words both foward and backwards--plus he knew all the definitions! He commented to me "Mom, am I a genius?" This was the breakthrough I needed to take this information to the schools. It gave me the tools to share with the school and show them what my son needed to be successful.
I believe in this book so much I buy all of my children's teachers an edition at Christmas! Some teachers "get it" some don't get the content but, it does stir up some conversation. I believe it is also worth sharing this book with school principal and superintendent as well.
AND JEFFERY--if you are out there--let's develop a school using your methods as a model! You are AWESOME! Thank you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 1998
Finally, a concise, innovative, and successful method for unlocking the potential of the creative, unconventional learner! I recommend this book to all parents and educators who want to gain an understanding of a child or teen who is often described in pejorative terms by some, and in glowing terms by others... chances are good that that learner has a "right-brained learning style".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 1998
Hallelujah! I understand my daughter better after reading RIGHT BRAINED CHILDREN... An easy read, too, with many practical, creative ideas of how to help equip my child to adapt to her varied learning environments! It gave us as parents confidence... and wow did it give our daughter confidence!!! I wish all teachers were required to read it!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 1998
I have never read a better book on add and adhd. my son has struggled with add all through school, but because he was not hyper (adhd) well behaved and never drew attention he was one of the thousands that slipped through the cracks of the system. we finally, with our own money (about $5000) found out his problem, and he is learning, but it has been a long, hard struggle. this book is so on target with these children. The problem isn't that these children can't learn, but that they learn in a different way. not a wrong way, just different. it should be required reading before a teacher is allowed to teach. every year i struggle through the process of visting teachers over and over to make sure my child is learning at grade level, and explaning his way of learning and what i need from them. i shouldn't have to do this. as much money as i pay in taxes my child should be getting the help he needs, but they can't provide it becasue they don't teach in a way these children can learn. great, great book..any parent struggling through add/adhd with a child must read it. not only does it pinpoint the problem, but makes you feel great about your child and his/her ability.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2003
This is a very interesting book giving a new insight as to why some children find it harder to learn than others.
I certainly could see my child in the examples he used and hope to try some of the exercise in the book to help him.
But on the negative side I found some of the examples used just a little too convienent ie: too good to be true, but my major problem with the book was that he failed to mention the use of essential fatty acid supplementation in ADHD children, even though he had a chapter on foods & additives etc.
The use of Essential FAtty Acid supplementaion originally introduced by Dr. Jacqueline Stordy, has been extensively researched by Oxford University in the UK and Purdue University in USA and found to be very effective in helping such children and for the author not to include such vital information is a glaring omission.
However I would recomend this book to other parents and teachers to read as it does contain some useful information, but to be mindful that there are other avenues to explore to help your children that are not included in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 1998
As a foster parent who teaches left brain/right brain theory to other foster parents, this books makes great sense. For several years, I have been saying that the information I have read about right brains (and experienced since my husband is right brained) and ADHD were too similar to ignore. Now Mr. Freed confirms what many of us has suspected: our ADHD youngster is smart, creative, and emotional. Thanks for pulling it all together
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 1998
I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Everything made so much sense in relation to what we were noticing in our son. Starting in Preschool the teachers were hinting that he may have ADD. Now in Kindergarten we're hearing the same thing. At my first meeting with his teacher and the school's social worker I brought this book. The teacher loved it and the Social worker turned her nose up at it. I know in my heart my son doesn't have ADD he is just an intelligent visual learner. I wish Mr. Freed would write more and give parents more of this ammunition they need to help their kids. He's correct, there are more of these kids entering schools every year and the system needs to change. Is there any way to contact the author or Child advocate groups in the Boston area who support Jeffrey Freed's findings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 1998
This is a marvelous reframing of behaviors and brain-wirings that so often are referred to as "defects" or "disorders." It's easy to read, straightforward, accessable, and filled with insight. Highly recommended! (Thom Hartmann is the author of 6 books on ADD.)
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on 1 October 1997
Drawing on a wide range of expert opinion and
his own extensive experience, Freed with his
co-author presents a sensible portrayal of
the ADD individual and other visual thinkers.
He demonstrates how the schools frequently ig-
nore the thinking and learning style of the
ADD student and help disable him. Practical
chapters on spelling, reading, writing, math,
study and organizational skills, and class and
school placement provide straightforward ways
to bring the strengths of ADD kids into their
education and allow them to be successful.
Concluding chapters discuss the use of drugs
in limited ways and other treatments for ADD.
This is a comprehensive, practical, wise, and
very supportive book.
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