In an inspiring, intimate setting at [words] Bookstore (179 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood) on Wed, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., David Flink, founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of a national organization run by people with learning disabilities (LD) / ADHD and dyslexia for kids with similar labels, will speak firsthand about how parents can use his easy-read guide book, “Thinking Differently,” to overcome the challenges youth face with these labels and seize every available opportunity to succeed in school and in life. David shares a personal story about growing up with dyslexia and ADHD and how his parents helped.

"Parents first learn that through testing one or several diagnoses have been rendered and begin an oftentimes long journey of understanding how their children learn and how best to help their children achieve their potential,” stated Flink. "'Thinking Differently' is my account of how innovative strategies opened more doors for me and others at Eye to Eye, and how this knowledge paves the way for children who follow to reach their full potential."

According to Flink, it's a lack of information about how to advocate for different learning styles that limits kids in their progress. Equipped with information - a vital ingredient, parents and others gain unique insight into how the combination of learning-aware parenting and effective child-centered teaching can change the future for the one in five students with learning disabilities / ADHD.

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While legal terminology is checked at the door, parents and caregivers will gain insight into the laws designed to support the educational needs of their child.

"This journey is about finding self esteem and gaining hope, and uncovering inner gifts and additional talents," said Flink. "When the final page is completed, readers are better equipped to advocate for what their children need, whether it's based on more effective accommodations that are individualized,to social-emotional development, to assistive technology or other options."

"David Flink shares essential guidance for how to play a leading role in empowering children to success in school and in life," commented Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America and CEO of Teach for All.

About David Flink

David Flink is the Co-Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, the national mentoring movement that is empowering young people with learning disabilities. David holds a master’s degree in disability studies in education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees with honors in education and psychology from Brown University. His first book from Harper Collins, Thinking Differently, is also the first book of its kind, written from an autobiographical perspective and directed primarily at parents. David has spoken and keynoted at conferences, colleges, and universities across the country.

About Eye to Eye

With 50 chapters throughout the U.S., Eye to Eye is the only national mentoring movement that pairs kids labeled as "learning disabled" or LD / ADHD - or, as Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer David Flink says, who "learn differently" – with similarly labeled college students as mentors. An art–based curriculum helps mentees build essential self-esteem and value their own unique minds and inspires them to advocate for their needs in the classroom. The mentoring movement affects everyone involved, creating a new understanding of learning differences and raising expectations of those who carry that label. Eye to Eye Diplomats go on to carry the story to audiences across America.

About [words] Bookstore

[words]' mission is to serve Maplewood and surrounding communities by offering an engaging and welcoming atmosphere for people and families of all stripes to pursue their literary interests. In particular, we are dedicated to the families in our community that have a member with a developmental disability. We strive to help Maplewood become a model community of inclusion through our treatment of disabled customers and employees, especially those with autism.