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Billy by Pamela Stephenson


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Billy

Pamela Stephenson describes Billy's life in this excellent biography.

More interesting though from our readers point of view is that in the book she describes the many ADD like traits that go to make Billy what he is. Pamela states, "Everyone who knows Billy today is aware of his considerable, albeit unusual, intelligence. However, he does not process information the same way that many others do. Psychologists currently ascribe a diagnosis such as 'Attention Deficit Disorder' or 'Learning Disability' to such a way of thinking and, in the more enlightened educational environments, there is understanding and help for such children. In addition to having a learning difference, however, Billy is and was a poet and a dreamer, as well as a person suffering from past and present trauma, and these factors all conspired to make concentration and left-brain activity extremely challenging for him. Rosie (one of Billy's teachers) thrashed him for many things that were unavoidable considering his organic make up: for looking out of the window, for breaking a pencil, for scruffy writing or untidy paper, or for looking away when she was talking."

If you haven't heard of Billy Connolly, I'd better advise you that he is a hugely talented and extremely popular comedian in the UK and around the World. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he now lives with his wife, Dr. Pamela Stephenson Connolly, in Los Angeles. Pamela herself is a well known, comedienne, famous for her starring role in the TV comedy series "Not the Nine O'Clock News". An Australian, born in New Zealand, she now practises as a clinical psychologist in LA.

Simon Hensby - adders.org


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