10 Jan Possibilities Pick

Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

Author: David Flink
Publisher and date: William Morrow/ Harper Collins Publishers 2014
Readers: Parents, teachers, clinicians, secondary and post-secondary students
Category: ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Advocacy
Link to purchase: http://amzn.to/2ANye0f

Let me be honest from the outset. Often books for parents are text-heavy, uninspiring, and do little in the way of clearing a path for action (at least in my opinion). So, when I stumbled upon this resource that promised to be inspiring—with the word “inspiring” right in the title—I thought maybe this book might be different. Keyword: might.

Guess what?  David Flink delivers, and I love, love, love this book!

Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities is a book that crept up on me. The first few chapters are straightforward and informative. In Chapters 1 and 2, Flink covers the basics of Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and explains the danger of well-intentioned but misguided pleas to “just try harder.” Chapter 3, appropriately called “Take Action,” is a call for advocacy as Flink outlines, very concretely, how to support students with learning needs from all sorts of angles—by becoming familiar with education and accessibility laws, exploring interventions with evidence to support their effectiveness, and requesting accommodations at school and work that make sense given individual strengths and challenges. Flink’s writing is accessible and well-paced, covering a range of issues necessary for understanding and advocacy.

So far, so good, right? Nice guide for parents.

But what comes next makes this book worth recommending over and over…

Full-on, no holds barred, 100% inspiration.

Flink has both ADHD and dyslexia and recounts his personal story going forward. Trust me, this is not a woe is me tale. Flink is an exceptional advocate for himself and others. He is the CEO (Cofounder and Chief Empowerment Officer) of Eye to Eye, a mentoring program for students with learning differences delivered by students with learning differences. In personalizing the challenges, using his own and others’ stories, Flink’s book resonates with power and hope. And that’s what makes it our first Possibilities Pick!

Read the book. Think differently. Feel inspired. Take action.

Additional Resources:
Of course, read David Flink’s Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities. You can also learn more about David and the Eye to Eye program at www.davidflink.com. David is a great speaker, too! Listen and watch here. (http://www.davidflink.com/speaking/)

Possibilities Picks are books and resources recommended by clinicians at the Possibilities Clinic. We have purchased the resources we review here for our clinical practice and personal collections. On rare occasions, we may receive complimentary copies of books or other resources from publishers. We’ll accept a book or resource, but only with the understanding that if we don’t love it, we won’t review it here. That way, we can focus on the positive, and you can know that when we recommend a title or resource, we truly mean it. Books and resources chosen as Possibilities Picks are not a substitute for direct clinical care. If you have concerns about your child, teen, or yourself, speak with a medical and/or mental health professional for personalized assessment, treatment and support.