The Myth of Laziness
“When we call someone lazy, we condemn a human being,” writes Mel Levine, M.D. In The Myth of Laziness, the bestselling author of A Mind at a Time shows that children dismissed as unproductive or “lazy” usually suffer from what he calls “output failure”—a neurodevelopmental dysfunction that can continue to cause difficulties into adulthood if left unchecked.
The desire to be productive is universal, says Dr. Levine, but that drive can often be frustrated by dysfunctions that obstruct output or productivity. Drawing on his clinical experience and using real-life examples of both children and adults he has worked with, Dr. Levine shows how to identify and remedy these dysfunctions. A child suffering from language production dysfunction, for example, may be incapable of clearly expressing or explaining his thoughts, thereby leading to low productivity in school. A child who has difficulty making choices may wait until it is too late to complete a project or may act impulsively, creating a pattern of bad judgments. Similarly, a child with memory weaknesses may be unable to draw on his accumulated knowledge for an assignment. In each of these cases, as Dr. Levine shows, writing skills are often the key to diagnosing specific causes of output failure.
Practical, wise, and compassionate, The Myth of Laziness offers parents and teachers day-to-day strategies and support to prevent output failure and, when necessary, to help children overcome dysfunction and become productive, successful adults.
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So many parents could really benefit from reading this book in an effort to understand a child struggling in school. Too bad the author is involved in the molestation allegations; hope they don't diminish the impact of his impressive and insightful research. Read full review
THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS
GETTING A MIND TO WORK
RUSSELL STRINBERG A Case of Low Motor Turnout
CLINT WALKER Forgetting How to Remember
GINNY CALDWELL Repeated Energy Crises
SCOTT MURRAY Controls Out of Control
DARNELL MASON Words That Cant Describe
ROBERTA CHAN Deflation Ideation
THE RIGHTING OF WRITING
CULTIVATING AND RESTORING OUTPUT
THE WRITING TROUBLESHOOTER
THE STORY DEVELOPER
THE REPORT DEVELOPER
AN OUTPUT INVENTORY
SHARON AND MARK TAYLOR Falling Prey to Disarray