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Neurodevelopmental Differentiation

Optimizing Brain Systems to Maximize Learning

Imagine schools where everyone learns at high levels. Not just some students. Every student. This resource aims to help educators bring these schools to life through the power of neurodevelopmental differentiation. Backed by scientific and educational research, the book outlines how to assess and build students’ inherent strengths in eight major areas in order to increase engagement, mastery, and ultimately, success.


  • Study eight brain processing systems and understand how developing strengths in these areas increases academic success.
  • Discover how to identify students’ learning strengths and needs.
  • Learn how to develop individualized learning plans to fit the needs of all students.
  • Contemplate reflective questions on the eight brain areas to determine next steps in your own classroom.
  • Utilize free online reproducibles to further your understanding of the material presented in the book.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Spatial Reasoning
Chapter 2: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Chapter 3: Concentration and Memory
Chapter 4: Planning and Sequencing
Chapter 5: Thinking and Logic
Chapter 6: People Smarts
Chapter 7: Language and Word Smarts
Chapter 8: Number Smarts
Chapter 9: Implementing Neurodevelopmental Differentiation




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  • McDowell, M. (2020). Teaching for transfer: A guide for designing learning with real-world application. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Sousa, D. A., & Tomlinson, C. A. (2018). Differentiation and the brain: How neuroscience supports the learner-friendly classroom (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.