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The Myth of ADHD and Other Learning Disabilities. Parenting Without Ritalin. Paperback – January 1, 2001

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington House Pub (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563841800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563841804
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,157,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B.L. Darroll on February 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a book that should be compulsory reading for every parent and would-be parent, for every student, for every pastor, for every medical doctor, for every teacher. There is no one who has anything to do with children and their development who should not read this book.
In this book it is shown that it is totally wrong to think of humans as coming into this world with all the necessary information stored up within them. Animals, yes, they have instincts such that when raised apart from their natural mother they will develop into the creature they are supposed to be. Man does not have that instinct. Everything he becomes he has to learn. And to learn it correctly he needs to be instructed correctly. Even his conscience has to be developed and taught. That is the repeating refrain in this book. We have to be taught everything we eventually know. And if that instruction is not done correctly we will not learn. If we are not subjected to the discipline of learning, of building up a base of knowledge then we are going to drop out of society.
Children have to be taught and taught correctly. The modern system of education where the child is left to discover things for himself is as much use as taking a railroad engine off its tracks and saying, "Make your own free way through this land." How far will that engine get? It will get nowhere. For it is only free to travel throughout the land so long as it stays on its tracks, as long as the discipline of the tracks is applied to it. In this book we are given the illustration of sports. Every sport is played to a very strict code. There are referees and umpires at every turn. And woe betide the player who does not play according to the rules. Well, life is exactly like that.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drkymeiam on April 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
This author is back in the dark ages...."spare the rod and spoil the child" thinking. If it were only that easy! "

My child has been "spacey" ever since toddlerhood. Despite the very best parenting--love, affection, rules, patience, persistance--nothing worked to lower her distraction level. We could never figure it out--why was a child of 5 who was reading at a high school level so forgetful, so inattentive, and so dreamy? Why was she up at 2 am reading her math books? Why did she have a bizarre fear of ants? How could I ever get her to learn to tie her shoes at age 11?

Daughter's IQ tests revealed an IQ of 151 (above genius) but a processing function of merely 100, average. No wonder daughter was frustrated and unhappy! Her brain just couldn't stay still in one place and her emotions were scattered. "Normal" kids can't relate to her spacey, air-headed and distracted thinking.

Do you mean to tell me even MORE punishment is going to work? I think not! The ONLY thing that has worked is medication. Thank God I got over the mindset that it was poor parenting/bad schools, etc. It was the mere fact that daughter has lowered dopamine activity in her frontal cortex, plain and simple.

I'd like to bop the author over the head with this book, a real waste of time and money. At best, it is completely unhelpful for those who truly have ADHD or ADD. At worst, it is insulting and punitive.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amy Noble on March 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book to help you understand ADHD and/or trying to get some answers about choosing to medicate your child or not - this is not it!!! The entire book is about the field of psychology and how ADHD was "made up" by doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists. It spans everything from the failure of the public educational system to the failure of our society. In fact, ADHD is hardly discussed at all except at the end of the book. In the last few chapters, the author explains how to parent without medications. His answer - spank your child for every infraction. His viewpoint is that children are being diagnosed with ADHD because parents are not discipling their children correctly, if at all. And that is the reason why children can't sit still in school, are easily distracted, etc - because we, as parents, haven't trained them to do so!! Once again, don't get this book if you are looking for answers because you will find none here!
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