Gifted--Not Broken (ebook)

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 Gifted-Not Broken: Dyslexia, ADHD and the Autism Spectrum is intended to give the reader a new perspective on Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Our primary goal is to provide education and resources to help children and adults in Understanding Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Table of Contents
Forward 1
Introduction: A Mother’s Experience 3
The Flow of Sensory Information 7
Dominant Feeling 10
Sympathetic Dominance 12
Parasympathetic Dominance 13
Dominant Access 15
Auditory Dominance 16
Visual Dominance 17
Dominant Consideration 21
Logical/Thinker Dominance 22
Emotional/Feeler Dominance 22
Dominant Excitement 23
Sensory-Seeker Dominance 24
Sensory-Avoider Dominance 25
Eight Sensory Profiles of ASD 26
Type-1: ADHD-Impulsive 31
Feeling (ANS): Reactive (Sympathetic Dominant) 31
Access: Visual-Spatial (Intuitive) 31
Consideration: Logical/Thinker 31
Excitement: Sensory Seeker (Under-Stimulated) 31
Type-2: ADHD-Inattentive 33
Feeling (ANS): Reactive (Sympathetic Dominant) 33
Access: Visual-Spatial (Intuitive) 33
Consideration: Emotional/Feeling 33
Excitement: Sensory-Seeker (Under-Stimulated) 33
Type-3: PDD-NOS (Reactive) 35
Feeling (ANS): Reactive (Sympathetic Dominant) 35
Access: Visual-Spatial (Intuitive) 35
Consideration: Logical/Thinker 35
Excitement: Sensory-Avoider 35
Type-4: Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory-Avoider) 37
Feeling: Reactive (Sympathetic Dominant) 37
Access: Visual-Spatial (Intuitive) 37
Consideration: Emotional/Feeling 37
Excitement: Sensory-Avoider 37
Type-5: PDD-NOS (Responsive) 39
Feeling: Responsive (Parasympathetic Dominant) 39
Access: Visual-Spatial (Intuitive) 39
Consideration: Logical/Thinker 39
Excitement: Sensory-Seeker (Under-Stimulated) 39
Type-6: Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory-Seeker) 40
Feeling: Responsive (Parasympathetic Dominant) 40
Access: Visual-Spatial (Intuitive) 40
Consideration: Emotional/Feeling 40
Excitement: Sensory-Seeker (Under-Stimulated) 40
Type-7: Aspergers Syndrome 41
Feeling: Responsive (Parasympathetic Dominant) 41
Access: Visual-Spatial (Intuitive) 41
Consideration: Logical/Thinker 41
Excitement: Sensory-Avoider (Over-Stimulated) 41
Type-8: Autism (classic) 45
Feeling: Responsive (Parasympathetic Dominant) 45
Access: Visual-Spatial (Intuitive) 45
Consideration: Emotional/Feeling 45
Excitement: Sensory-Avoider (Over-Stimulated) 45
Summary of Sensory Profiles 48
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) 50
The Four Underlying Struggles 51
Focus and Attention: 51
Sensory Processing: 52
Visual or Dyseidetic dyslexia: 53
Auditory or Dysphonetic Dyslexia 53
Common ASD Struggles 56
Executive Dysfunction: 56
Long-term memory: 57
Time Management: 57
Focus and Attention: 57
Sensory Processing 58
Change and Transitions: 58
Planning and Organization: 59
Impulsivity: 59
Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors: 59
Procrastination: 60
Pervasive Demand Avoidance (PDA) 61
Oppositional Defiance (ODD) 61
Hyperactivity: 62
Social Skills: 63
Delayed Speech: 64
Frustration, Stress and Anxiety: 64
Difficulty reading and/or writing: 65
Difficulty with mathematics: 65
Masking: 66
Stims and Stimming 68
Every Behavior Has a Positive Intention 69
Stress is the Enemy 72
Overcoming Stress 76
• Sensory Hook up 77
• Sensory Walking 78
• Finger-Knitting 79
Early Warning Signs for At-Risk Children 80
A Word to Parents 84
Summary 85
The Animal School 86
Appendix A: More Success Stories 88
Daniel 88
Emily 89
Martin 90
Sarah 91
Appendix B: Additional Resources 94
About the Author 96
Bibliography 100