About the Author

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    Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is the author of fourteen books including the forthcoming Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences. His other books include: In Their Own Way, 7 Kinds of Smart, Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, The Myth of the A.D.D. Child, and The Radiant Child. His books have been translated into 25 languages including Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese, Danish, and Russian. He has taught at several San Francisco Bay Area graduate schools including the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has written for Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, Parenting (where he was a regularly featured columnist), The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and many other journals and periodicals. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, the BBC, and The Voice of America. Articles featuring his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and hundreds of other magazines and newspapers. He has given over 800 keynotes, workshops, and lectures in 42 states and 16 countries. His clients have included Sesame Street, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Republic of Singapore, Hasbro Toys, and the European Council of International Schools. He is currently working on a novel about the disappearance of childhood. For more information about his work, go to www.thomasarmstrong.com.
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Ms. I

I teach technology to students with dyslexia and aspergers and I see that are truly gifted. From my experience with this population, I believe that if these students are given the right opportunity they can excel. I would like to share a brief story with you and your readers to illustrate this point. A student joined my class mid year and was able to design his own computer game in two weeks. After questioning the student, I discovered he did not have knowledge of the application or programming, as he stated he "just figured it out." He then told me he loved my class because this had been the first time he was asked to do a project like this. As in this case, too often, the outside world can't see past the student's disability long enough to recognize that, in reality, it is an ability.


"In other words, I'm saying that people with neurodiverse brains can create special niches for themselves where they can be their unique selves."

Thomas this is the hope of every parent of a child who fits the square peg description! You are a hero to all of us seeking to find that niche for each of our students who don't fit a standard mold of success!

Sandra Shoro

Ms. I , Thanks for the vignette. Dealing with different shapes of pegs & holes with niche construction fits into how educators can approach meeting the needs of diverse learners. Adapting the environment/situation/task rather than trying to change the individual and offer multiple pathways of success is our challenge.

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Shave off enough of its wood to fit, uncomfortably, usually, into the square hole. That's one solution. The other solution is to round off some of the square hole so that the round peg can stay a round peg and still fit in.????

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hi! I think this blog very interesting, I love the birds and everything about them! I am happy to read the information! thanks: D


Thanks for this great article, tottaly agree. Positive Niche Construction Directly Modifies the Brain, Which in Turn Enhances its Ability to Adapt to the Environment.
Here another excellent article about this topic and neurodiversity : http://www.funderstanding.com/v2/educators/seeing-the-best-in-every-child-the-importance-of-neurodiversity/

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