Books Over Blogs to Build Your Knowledge
April 14, 2016
Say what? Books Over Blogs to Build Your Knowledge? You heard me. Learning from books beats blog learning any day. It’s true. Every time I write a blog post, I try to squeeze in as much information as possible to be both concise and complete. It's hard. In order to keep my post lengths easily consumable, I sometimes need to leave details out. That being said, blogs can be the catalyst for change. A blog post can inspire a new direction that you may never had learned elsewhere. However, your best bet is to use blogs to introduce you to new information and then take that learning further by finding the right books. The experience of reading a book enhances your knowledge and often is just what you’ll need to take action.
Books Over Blogs to Build Your Knowledge – Books Inspire Radical Change
As a blogger, I understand the value of connecting with parents like you via my blogs. This blog is a great medium for introducing you to new ideas, giving you the basics, and inspiring you on your journey. Blogs can set us on new path of discovery that can ultimately help our children. I have been grateful for many blogs over the years that I have gleaned information from and that have triggered a new direction of research. In the end, though, I learn the most from training courses, conferences, online summits and books.
Books take the time to go deeper into a topic. They present the background, context and research information associated with the concepts or treatments we are investigating for our children. As parents, it’s crucial that we understand why certain treatments and therapies might be appropriate for our child and what the underlying root causes of their symptoms are. Books are one of the best and least expensive means to gain this knowledge and expand your understanding of the options available to your child.
With so many books available that can help your child, it’s hard to know where to start. I have close to 100 health and wellness books that delve into the underlying causes and possible treatments and therapies for my child. If you are like me, you may have found that the books you choose are evolutionary. I started off with the books that speak to the higher topic (e.g. my child’s diagnosis), and then dug deeper and deeper until I was led to specific underlying causes, treatments and therapies. For me, this path has led to a series of courses, conferences, online summits and even a new career!
Start where you are now. If the topic of recovering your child from neurodevelopmental disorders is all new to you, begin with a book that focuses on your child’s diagnosis (or the diagnosis you suspect). It’s a good way to get your feet wet, but don’t stop there. One of my biggest mistakes early on was limiting my research to one single diagnosis. Check out titles for many different neurodevelopmental disorders. You might be surprised how close your child is to these other diagnoses. (My daughter has many “almost” diagnoses.) These other books may offer a better explanation of the underlying medical issues or more effective treatment and therapy options. An open mind is essential to success in determining the right path for your child and will get you ready to dig deeper into the underlying causes of your child’s set of symptoms or medical conditions.
If you have been at neurodevelopmental recovery for a while, it’s time to really dig in. For example, find a great book that explains how methylation works and how understanding this mechanism will connect the dots between different interventions your practitioner might be recommending. As you learn more and more, you will find that complicated information gets easier to digest. Take it one step at a time.
I compiled an extensive list of books I have found to be most helpful on my daughter’s path to recovery. Many are available in print, digital/Kindle or audio formats for convenience. (I “read” all three ways!) Share your favourite books in the comments below and let me know how you consume them. Do you love audio books, or must you have a paper book that you can outline and write notes in? I’d love to hear from you.
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