Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School (Formerly Titled 'The Edison Trait')

Does your imaginative, computer-proficient daughter tune out in the classroom? Does your spirited son become headstrong and aggressive when faced with the simplest decisions? Does your bold, energetic child have trouble focusing on basic tasks? Millions of children--one in five--have what psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D., calls the Edison trait: dazzling intelligence, an active imagination, a free-spirited approach to life, and the ability to drive everyone around them crazy. Named after Thomas Edison--who flunked out of school only to harness his talents and give the world some of its finest inventions--the Edison trait is on the rise in our younger generation. The heart of the issue is that they think divergently--they overflow with many ideas--while schools, organized activities, and routines of daily living reward convergent thinking, which focuses on one idea at a time. Drawing on examples from more than two decades of private practice, Dr. Palladino helps us cope with this challenging aspect of our child's intellect and personality, explaining in clear terms: - The three Edison-trait personality types: dreamers, discoverers, and dynamos - The eight steps to understanding, reaching, and teaching your Edison-trait child - The connection between the Edison trait and A.D.D. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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By Tales (Farmington, UT) · ★★★★★ · August 01, 2012
The Edison trait is a personality characteristic, which Dr. Palladino has now classified as divergent thinking. She has done extensive research through her practice to help convergent thinkers gain a greater appreciation for their children who see the world differently.

About 20% of all children a... ...more
By Milka (San Diego, CA) · ★★★★☆ · November 02, 2011
If you have a smart, active child who is having a hard time in school, this book is for you. Palladino covers the three (sometimes overlapping) types of Edison-trait personalities: the dreamers, the discoverers and the dynamos. These children exhibit divergent thinking (always thinking what if?)... ...more
By Angelica · ★★★★☆ · December 13, 2012
Very interesting parenting book on how kids who seem like they are 'troublemakers' and inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive could actually have what the author calls 'The Edison Trait'. Thomas Edison along with many brilliant inventors and geniuses failed in school because of their 'divergent' th... ...more
By Kristen (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · December 04, 2009
Some really good ideas on things to do as parents to help kids who are "dreamers, dynamos or discoverers." But, although she tried to make a distinction between this "Edison-Trait" and ADHD, I'm still confused as to when it would be one and not the other.

They seem to be the same, except when the... ...more
By Marissa (The United States) · ★★★★★ · October 01, 2011
This is a coping manual for teachers and parents of kids who are unfocused and struggling/making trouble in school. It includes parent pep talks for staying positively minded about these kids and tips on how to alter the learning environment to better suit them. A lot of the advice here is good f... ...more
By Kelli (Falconer, NY) · ★★★★★ · July 20, 2009
This is an absolute must read if you either think your child exhibits ADD tendencies or if you just think your child processes thought significantly differently than you do and you're having trouble getting through to them or understanding them. ...more
By Susanne (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · June 13, 2011
Favorite quote of the book, "Children can ouplot, outfigure, and outlast their parents. The result is that parents come to the end of their endurance, shake their heads, and cry out in misery, "I don't know what to do!" ...more
By Laurie (The United States) · ★★★★★ · May 22, 2010
this book changed our lives. I can now understand my son and it will help us live more peaceful lives. this book was truly amazing. ...more
By Karen (Los Angeles, CA) · May 18, 2007
This book is full of hope for parents of 'exceptional' children who don't always fit the expected mold in school. ...more
By Gerry (Woonsocket, RI) · October 24, 2007
am reading this about helping children who are bright, bored and haveing difficulty in school - maybe it will help me ...more