A Strengths Based Approach to Neurodiversity (K-12)


In her book, The Power of Different, Gail Saltz shows the connection between strengths and weaknesses within the brain. Through first hand accounts, readers learn how individuals with brain differences cope and even succeed in school and in life. She also focuses on “adults and children from all walks of life who have contended with some degree of mental disorder yet have thrived and achieved extraordinary things.”

Saltz, a psychiatrist, reveals the struggles of individuals with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, depression, manic-depressive illness (bi-polar disorder), schizophrenia or ASD (autism spectrum disorder). Readers will gain an understanding of the behavioral symptoms of these disorders and the science behind what is happening inside the brain. From her research, Saltz draws conclusions about how we can help these individuals succeed or even excel.

Educators taking this course will learn where to look for strengths in these students. These strengths may be hidden by disabilities, but finding them is necessary for tapping into these students’ potential. Saltz offers to be the guide in finding these hidden strengths and to give educators an understanding of how to help students with brain differences succeed in the classroom. Educators will also investigate special topics and integrate new learning into their teaching environment.

This course is equivalent to 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. It is a graduate level course and intended for K-12 educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that you receive board or district approval before registering with TPAI.

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*You are responsible for purchasing your own course book.