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The Gift of Adhdby Lara, Ph.d. Honos-webb
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Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is thought to affect between 3 and 6 percent of school-aged children. The symptoms of the disorder - difficulty paying attention, impulsivity, and agitation - lead others to brand them as difficult, unfocused, and unruly. But the clinical studies and experiences of the author of The Gift of ADHD suggest that many of the traits that label kids with ADHD may be an expression of deeper gifts: powerful imagination, searching insight, and unusual intuition. The goal of this book is to help readers recast the paradigm they use to think about the condition, encouraging them to help ADHD kids develop their unique gifts.
The book begins with an overview of current ADHD diagnosis including definitions and a sample of a case study. Each subsequent chapter reframes certain ADHD symptoms in a positive way and reinforces this transformation with awareness exercises designed to increase the appreciation of the child's traits. These techniques include action strategies for channeling ADHD traits into productive outlets. And the book doesn't limit itself to a discussion of kids with ADHD: It includes exercises to help parents cope with any feelings of failure they may be experiencing and to reverse any negative patterns associated with ADHD that might be at work in their families. The book offers advice on how to navigate education and mental health systems to the best advantage of ADHD kids and how to understand and make the best use of conventional ADHD therapies, including prescription drugs.
"A diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) does more than label a child's behavior problems — it affects his or her self-esteem, relationships and future, says psychologist Honos-Webb. The way parents and teachers treat an ADHD child can mean the difference between a successful life and an unnecessarily difficult one. In this sensitive exploration of ADHD, Honos-Webb uses case studies, field research and her personal experience as a clinical psychologist and sister of a brother with ADHD to teach parents how to become advocates for their children and 'reframe' their view of the disorder. While most people are familiar with the dramatic behavioral symptoms of ADHD — severe inattention and impulsiveness — there is a less-reported flip side: children with ADHD exhibit exceptional strengths that Honos-Webb sees as opportunities. These gifts include emotional sensitivity toward others, passion and exuberance, unusual problem-solving skills and a love of nature. Honos-Webb's goal is to bring these traits to light and help parents transform 'symptoms into talents — or at the least, lovable eccentricities.' Through interactive exercises, such as directed daydreaming and storytelling, she helps parents and children work together to rise above the negativity so often directed at them by 'an outdated education system' that does little to accept and support children with ADHD. This unique book stands out from the sea of books in its field." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
More than just another plan for dealing with attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, this book shifts readers' focus from what is wrong to what can be right: the creativity, intrapersonal intuition, and emotional expressiveness of kids with ADHD.
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