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Being in Control: Natural Techniques for Increasing Your Potential and Creativity for Success in School--Also for Improving Concentration and Learning in Children with ADHD and Dyslexia Paperback – December 1, 2001

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A great book for children with simple and practical self-help techniques to help them build self-confidence and stay in control... -- Caroline Hensby-adders.org

A small and easy to read guide to help children do better at school. Using very simple language... -- Michael Tipper -Project Happy child

An indispensable guide for teachers, councils and parents who want to help their children -- Internet special Educational & Learning Disabilities Resources --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book is of a high graphic content and in a pictorial format so that children will find the exercises in the book to be easy to comprehend as well as fun to do. The book is very artistic and great just to look at. Each separate page is an exercise. The book is light weight so that children may take the book to school with them and do exercises like relaxation and focusing exercises in the class room.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Rainbow Cloud; Second edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9659025114
  • ISBN-13: 978-9659025114
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My books and educational videos are about empowering people with relaxation techniques, creativity skills, accelerated learning strategies and mind tools as well as coaching. I have worked in health sciences, educational technology , and art for over 30 years. My resources integrate my life experiences.
"Being In Control : Natural Solutions for ADHD , Dyslexia and Test Anxiety" is a book and video about relaxed concentration and study strategy techniques for students with ADHD or test anxiety.
"Creative Painting for the Young Artist" is a creativity skills book for students who want to see like an artist.
"Anyone Can Improve Their Handwriting", helps anyone with messy handwriting , but especially people with ADHD and dysgraphia.
"Zen for ADD, ADHD" is a pure and fun relaxation video
"Natural Sights and Sounds of Israel" is a National Geographic type film of the beautiful Israel I came to know.
"Leaving Home , Going Home , Returning Home : A Hebrew American's Sojourn in the Land of Israel". This is a non fiction memoir of my life, adventures , and pearls of wisdom I learned while living in Israel.
"GSR Biofeedback Techniques for the Natural ADHD Practitioner" . This video kit shows you the physiological objective basis to the relaxed concentration techniques myself and others have developed to help people with ADHD.
"John Singer Sargent : Secrets of Composition and Design". Just when you found out there is a Great American Art Mystery , it is probably solved. My research on the composition techniques that gave Sargent the edge over the other artists of his time.

Projects I am working on Creative Painting for Everyone and what does it take to be an author.
Please visit on my author interview show WCTV14 where I have interview Connecticut's greatest authors.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carol Watkins on February 11, 2005
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I read this book, and then had two of my children look at it. The adolescent was unimpressed. She said that the pages were distracting and there was too much on each page. The younger child, age 9, said that he liked the book. However, the things he read didn't stick. He liked the pictures but the ideas did not draw him in enough to make him want to practice what he read. In all fairness, though the 9 year old is the type of kid who likes an idea better if he has more of a "why" explanation.

I would have liked the book better if there were only one idea per page spread. If you have two different technquies on the same page spread, the child may move on to the next idea without fully exploring and digesting a particular suggestion. It takes some discipline to practice some of these relaxation and self control techniques.

The pages were bright and the pictures sharp. The pages were held together by a few staples, not a conventional book binding. A better quality binding would help so that the book could lie flat while the child used it.

Despite these criticisms, I think that the book has some value. Children can benefit from learning relaxation and self-monitoring techniques. For children who have a limited repetoire of coping skills, this provides a number of different avenues to try. The book might be more effective if an adult worked through the exercises with the child.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By litXlit on June 9, 2003
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If you buy this book, you will get three pages worth of information, in a thirty page book that costs [item price] and could have been written by a junior high school student without doing any research. The author advises relaxation, aroma therapy and affirmations; non-specific suggestions that may help anyone a little, but have no particular relevance to A.D.D. or dyslexia.
My dyslexic son had no interest in this book or its recommendations. I was also very disappointed. Spend your money on the many other excellent books on learning disorders on Amazon.
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A VERY short book (maybe so people with attention deficit can read the whole thing?). But, some good (although brief) techniques and explainations for ADD/ADHD kids and their parents on focusing. Nice to find some alternative advice on treatment other than drugs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Millie Grenough on January 5, 2010
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On a non-stop JFK to LA flight this book made the hours go quickly and enjoyably. I took my time scanning the illustrations and experimenting with the techniques. I interspersed this with scheming how I might use the tecnhiques with my coach clients, napping, switching to the big view out the plane window, and watching the multiply-demanding activities of stewardesses and of parents who were trying to handle their restless children.
Conclusion? Jason Alster's ideas are sound, appealing, practical. Their simplicity and brevity is not a sign of shallowness, but of depth: they truly invite children and adults to explore many facets of themselves in ways that are spacious rather than rigid. As in my book and CD OASIS in the Overwhelm[[ASIN:0977841111, and OASIS in the Overwhelm 28 Day Guide: Rewire Your Brain from Chaos to Calm]], the strategies are simple, easily learned, and can have a profound difference in a person's ability to have an upbeat and "in-control" relationship with mind/emotions/body.
Many years ago when Howard Gardner pointed to the importance of Multiple Intelligences, he blew away the old notion of intelligence - "Johnny has a low IQ - - he has trouble concentrating in school - he's not very smart - he'll never make it in life."
Alster's techniques help multiple intelligences take root and bloom, in children and adults.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry Pikoos on July 28, 2003
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This book is not only for children with problems, its comprehensive contents are very sound, for children and
for many adults also. Its colourful and the graphics are
warm and friendly. Its positive message on all the pages,
is something I would hope my children will reflect and act
on everyday. The issues covered are not that comprehensive
in themselves, but there again at this small cost. I think
the author has done a lot of research and relayed great sensitivity and caring. I would reccomend this inexpensive
book be part of every childs library
Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Yanofsky on November 23, 2009
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This book is great for its target audience. There are many pictures and clear instructions for techniques to improve concentration and to improve handwriting and reading proficiency. I recommended this book to my brother to give to his class that he teaches for special education students. I highly recommend this book and its contents.
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