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Dec. 6, 1999 -- No. 732

Levine, pioneer in learning research, believes one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to kids’ brains

A renowned developmental behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Melvine D. Levine has spent more than 25 years pioneering programs that evaluate children and young adults with learning, development and behavioral problems.

He stresses that there is no "one size fits all" philosophy for learning and that millions of students struggle needlessly in school because of the unique strengths and weaknesses of their minds. His groundbreaking framework for understanding why children struggle provides a straightforward, practical system for recognizing differences in how children learn and uses their strengths to become more successful students.

Levine is professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and director of the Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning. The center conducts research as well as provides training, service and continuing education programs aimed at improving services available to people with learning and developmental disabilities and their families.

Levine also founded All Kinds Of Minds, a non-profit institute studying learning differences, and co-chairs its Board of Directors with Charles R. Schwab. In October 1999, Schwab and his wife, Helen, announced a $10 million challenge grant to the institute to promote greater awareness of learning differences and to broadly disseminate its programs nationwide. Those programs emphasize helping families, educators and clinicians better understand and support students who may have problems in school because of how they learn.

Levine, a 1995 winner of the C. Anderson Aldrich Award for outstanding contributions to child development, has written publications including "A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders," "Developmental Variation and Learning Disorders" and "Keeping A Head In School."

Levine can be reached at office phone: (919) 966-1020; home phone, (919) 732-8080; e-mail: mlevine@css.unc.edu. News Services can supply additional background upon request.

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