Friday, June 25, 2010

Alernet: Neurodiversity and the Synergy Across Mind and Body

http://www.alternet.org/health/147107/the_new_field_of_neurodiversity%3A_why_%27disabilities%27_are_essential_to_the_human_ecosystem/?page=entire

On why biological susceptibilities do not imply determined destinies:

"Children who have a genetic vulnerability to depression or anxiety (who are emotionally sensitive), for example, need safe, warm and predictable homes and schools. Children who are prone to learning disabilities (that is, those who learn in a different way) need stimulating learning environments that help them with their phonological skills. Children with autism need opportunities for meaningful social interaction. Caregivers should regard niche construction as a form of “special handling” for the child’s brain, to help maximize its positives and minimize its negatives in both adjusting to the world and fulfilling its highest potential..."

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