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ADHD: A Path to Success: A Revolutionary Theory and New Innovation in Drug-Free Therapy Paperback – March, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ponderosa Press; 1 edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965951316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965951319
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ADHD Treatment Follow-Up Study: May, 2000

Even though, after treating ADHD children and their families for years it was clear that CAER treatment was very effective; it was finally time to do a systematic quantitative follow-up study. The results strongly support my clinical impression that CAER makes dramatic improvements in all aspects of the constellation of symptoms comprising ADHD/ADD, without the use of medications. It should be noted that these are some of the most difficult ADHD children around. Parents don't spend the time and money to fly to Spokane until they have exhausted all closer and cheaper alternatives.

Over the last 2 years (98, 99) I saw 74 children, and their families, who could be clearly diagnosed as ADHD/ADD. Their ages ranged from 6 to 17 years. Seventy six percent were males the balance females. Ninety six percent had previously been treated with psychotropic medications, such as Ritalin, Cylert, Adderall, Dexedrine, Chlonadine, Paxil, etc.

We were able to contact 49 parents by telephone to administer a short questionnaire about the effects of CAER treatment on their ADHD/ADD child. To avoid a short-term placebo or honey-moon-effect, only families 6 months or more post-treatment were contacted. All families were treated with three multi-hour intensive treatment sessions over three days.

Overall results were:

86% rated it as Very Effective 6% rated it as Effective 8% rated it as No Different None rated it as harmful.

None of the children in the Very Effective or Effective categories had been placed on psychotropic medications. Of the children rated No difference, 58% in that category had been placed on psychotropic medications, with mixed effectiveness.

Behavior Change At Home:

81% rated their child's behavior as Much Better 11% rated their child's behavior as Better 8% rated their child's behavior as No Different None rated it as harmful

Behavior Change At School:

76% rated their child's behavior as Much Better 13% rated their child's behavior as Better 11% rated their child's behavior as No Different None rated it as harmful

Change in Grades:

74% rated their child's grades as Much Better 15% rated their child's grades as Better 11% rated their child's grades as No Different None felt that their child's grades were worse as a result of treatment

From the Author

With terror in my heart, I can still remember sitting in emotional and almost physical pain at Palm Elementary School in Beaumont, California. It was fourth grade, and what was going on in the classroom was beyond my attention. That's because my mind had escaped. Looking out the window was my only escape from the endless monotony of the classroom. Being "jerked back" when the teacher called on me, was overwhelming and nauseating. I felt I had missed so much while being "spaced out" that the demands seemed insurmountable. I had no clue where to begin. Since I felt little hope of being rewarded for my feeble efforts, my biggest desire was to escape on another mental vacation. That is exactly what I did. My mind traveled out the window again -- even though I dimly knew that I was digging myself into a deeper hole. As self-defeating as this strategy was, it was my only defense. My understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is deeply rooted in my own experience. I was an ADHD child. I am now a Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist with a thriving and successful practice. Parents, there is hope for you and your ADHD child.

Why My Interest in ADHD

Professionally, I have been working with ADHD children since 1971. For the first twenty years I read the books, took courses, and did the therapy as prescribed. As hard as I tried to make it work, the theoretical picture did not seem to fit the children I was seeing, nor did the prescribed therapy approaches prove very useful. In 1991, I began to develop a radically different approach to psychotherapy for all of my patients, ADHD and others. This led to the invention of a computerized psychotherapy machine, Computer Aided Emotional Restructuring (CAER). Computer Aided Emotional Restructuring is a new, patented, treatment that sprang from another new therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMD/R). (EMD/R is fully explained in chapter 24). Unlike traditional therapies, CAER does not depend much on talking. Rather, it taps powerful neurological mechanisms to elicit deep relaxation and vivid mental imagery. When these two effects are juxtaposed, pathology-producing emotions are extinguished through a process called desensitization. More simply put, CAER uses lights and sound to help the ADHD child enter a relaxed state. Then, the relaxed and calm child, with the aid and supervision of a therapist, imagines an anxiety-provoking situation -- such as school. Quickly, the relaxed state erases the anxiety state so that school, or whatever the provoker might be, no longer causes stress in the child. No drugs are used at all. Initially I used Computer Aided Emotional Restructuring on my adult patients who had a variety of common problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias and marriage problems. The results were exciting. Many times these problems were eradicated in just a few sessions. Therefore, I began to extend the procedure to other problems not commonly addressed by EMD/R, including ADHD. Even with my early, primitive CAER machines, the results were striking. I really did not know why CAER worked, but two different sources began to yield insights. By reflecting on my own difficult school history and listening to the ADHD children themselves, my understanding developed. These children were telling me about feelings and experiences that I could remember well from my own school years. That's why ADHD: A Path to Success is a story of hope for parents of ADHD children. It is a personal story. It is my story. It is the success story of my patients.

Customer Reviews

We are so grateful to Dr. Weathers!!!!
I read the book which made better sense than what any of the other Doctors had suggested.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to help their ADHD child.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
Our son was diagnosed with ADHD based on observed behaviors eighteen months ago. Like good parents we wanted to help our child and took him to his pediatrician who handed us a prescription for Ritalin. After some initial improvement, our hope began to wane as his behavior deteriorated and we were again faced with increasing his Ritalin dosage. We were not happy with the continued prospect of higher doses of stimulants to control our son's behavior. It was at this point that we stumbled across Dr. Weather's book, "ADHD: A Path to Success". His approach to ADHD really made sense to us. After much investigation and research into ADHD, this was the first treatment that offered lasting, drug-free results. My son's treatment with CAER coupled with common-sense discipline bridged our son into learned behaviors that are cooperative, appropriate and pleasant. We heartily endorse Dr. Weather's book and treatment for anyone trying to regain control of their child's life.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jed Shlackman VINE VOICE on September 2, 2002
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Having been to the author's website and viewed the book index and initial portion of his book and related articles, I must say that this approach is logical and consistent with the concepts used in EMDR and neurolinguistic programming. The one negative review I see posted focuses on suggesting that this book is intended to get people to come use the author's exclusive computerized device, in addition to blaming parents & family dysfunction. In reality, the same CAER approach can be used without the author's device, adapting other methods of relaxation and guided imagery. Also, the "cause" is not explained as simply dysfunctional home environment, but as the emotional defense mechanism used in reaction to social stressors, a mechanism that some children could become more dependent on than are other children, due to biological or other factors. It's not about placing blame, but finding healthy solutions. Most people in our civilization have some level of "dysfunction" in their home and/or school environment, while only a certain percentage become dependent on ADHD behavioral responses. The author's approach can desensitize an individual to these negative triggers. This is empowering, not blaming, and the approach can be applied for family members and teachers to help them release unhealthy emotional responses that contribute to negative patterns. This book is a great complement to the literature on holistic, non-coercive approaches to addressing ADHD issues.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By William R. Wiltschko on May 15, 2003
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reviews were excellent, so I bought the book. During the first 50 pages I almost regretted it. It reads like an extended advertisement for Dr. Weathers' practice in Spokane, WA. Most off-putting is his term "CAER" for the machine in which he performs most of his therapy. It took until page 221 to find out what a CAER machine really did, and I was SO relieved. It is a mostly automated way to do EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprogramming, a fifteen-year old method of reducing affect about specific events. EMDR is a proven methodology. Anybody can do it given a little training, although you may not know this from reading the book. Most important, the book has tremendous scope, dealing with the complex causes and possible cures of ADHD in an understandable and comprehensive way. By the way, the patents on his CAER machine are 5,219,322 and 5,725,472 which are good reading if you are a geek.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. Pickering on December 15, 2004
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My experience mirrors alot of the other positive reviews for this book. I am so grateful that I took the leap of faith and took my 8-old-year son last March for treatment with Dr. Weathers. The book takes a totally nonconventional approach to ADHD. It doesn't approach ADD/ADHD as a chemical imbalance of the brain. Rather Dr. Weathers attributes many of the ADHD behaviors as a result of learned behaviors and defense mechanisms. His treatments are usually a short 3 days and also very nonconventional. It does sound too good to be true, but I can speak personally from experience that it does work if you put the time and effort into the treatment.

My son was a terror since he was a toddler. He had terrible temper tantrums, was impatient, aggressive. and could not seem to concentrate at school. He was even expelled from preschool. He constantly got into trouble at school. I dreaded answering the phone during the week, because it was often the school calling about my son's behavior. We took my son to at least 4 different doctors--psychologists and psychiatrists. Each one seem to agree he had ADHD. We also got diagnoses of Bipolar disease, Depression, Anxiety, Aspergers Syndrome. It seemed like Ian had every known diagnosis to account for his strange behaviors.

I read many books on all these diagnoses and we tried many behaviorial modifications, supplements, etc., and nothing seemed to help. I was obsessed with my son's problems. The stress extended to the rest of the family too. We finally succumbed to trying drugs when he started to fail in school academically. We tried Trileptal and Concerta for a few months without success. It was terrible. My son became a zombie, he hated himself. He had no self esteem.
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