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A Mind at a Time Paperback – Jan 9 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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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Early in the book, the author describes eight learning systems we use to deal with the world around us. Each system behaves differently, operates somewhat independently, and has a different neurological basis in the brain. In successive chapters, we review learning systems for attention control, memory, language, spatial ordering, sequential ordering, motor control, higher thinking, and social reasoning. We learn how each system works, cooperates with other systems, and how it typically develops as children mature. The author also highlights common developmental problems and how both children and the adults around them can meet these challenges. Each chapter closes with a "Practical Considerations" section that describes how the learning system affects a child's behavior in everyday situations.
The book's last four chapters explore the broader implications of these eight learning systems. We learn how to recognize specific learning difficulties and bring the right resources--special services, coaching, medication, etc.--to bear based on an individual child's learning profile. Levine also advises parents how to understand their child's profile and balance remediation of weaknesses with encouragement of talents, interests and strengths. He closes with suggestions about the proper role of teachers and schools given the "neurodevelopmental diversity" of their student population.Read more ›
I believe a key to working with children whose brains work differently is to understand that very thing. These children, and all children for that matter, have ways of learning and applying what they've learned that are specific to them only.
Dr. Mel Levine has shared his knowledge in the book, A Mind At A Time, which describes the "tool box" that children use in their learning. There are 8 neurodevelopmental systems that function as tools, and children may have strengths in particular systems. These include: Attention Control System, Memory System, Language System, Spatial Ordering System, Sequential Ordering System, Motor System, Higher Thinking System, and Social Thinking System. The trick is to know which system works best for these children!
This book was brought to my attention by a concerned and desperate parent who discovered it on his quest to help his son...a son struggling to survive in a traditional academic setting with an untraditional style of learning...who was sinking into the trap of being labeled "bad" and a "behavioral problem." This loving father is now working to put Levine's recommendations into action in order to help his son succeed.
Adult understanding, environmental modifications, and developing foundations that build on strengths are keys to working with these special needs children. Dr. Levine's book is a great resource for parents and teachers as they put these keys into place.
Connie Sirnio, MSW
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Mel Levine is one of the major players in the field of Special Education. It is refreshing to see suggestions and strategies on how to deal with learning difficulties, rather than... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2010 by Joanna
This book goes into great detail describing all of the potential problems a mind can have and what difficulties these problems will cause in a person's academic life. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2005
I really liked "A Mind at a Time." It is so nice to read a book that recognizes the importance of different learning styles. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2004
Mel gave a presentation at our school a number of years ago. He was am impassioned, motivational speaker. Read morePublished on July 10 2004
This should be mandatory reading for everybody in the field of education and all parents of newly diagnosed chidlren with ADHD. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
Learning is a complex process but Mel Levine makes it easy. Read this book along with the Essential 55.Published on Aug. 4 2003
Dr. Mel Levine believes the answer to this questions lies within neurodevelopmental dysfunctions, which are the basic instruments of learning and compose the wiring of our brains. Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by Emily Pannel, Educator
Mel Levine stresses the importance of parents and teachers taking the time to identify each child's strengths and learning style --and he clearly explains how to do exactly that. Read morePublished on June 14 2003
Other reviewers have discussed the pros and cons of Dr. Levine's theories in depth, so I won't go into those; in the field of cognitive psychology, I'm an interested (and, I... Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by P. Lozar
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