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Everything we tried in the past was making the situation worse. Now our intense child is intensely wonderful without medications. --Parent, Tucson

After applying these strategies for less than a month, my difficult teenage daughter is incredible. --Parent

This is absolutely the most worthwhile information I have ever learned. My hyperactive child is now my amazing child. --Parent/Therapist

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The Nurtured Heart Approach is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with ADHD and other challenging behaviors to facilitate parenting and classroom success. These methods have helped thousands of families to transform their child from using their intensity in primarily negative ways to using their intensity in beautifully creative and constructive ways. This approach has also helped teachers and other school personnel to have a dramatically positive effect on all children. Most ordinary methods of parenting and teaching inadvertently backfire when applied to ADHD and other challenging children, despite the best of intentions. Most methods accidentally reward children by giving far more energy to children when things are going wrong. The Nurtured Heart Approach is a powerful and quick way to create a new scenario of success. This approach is fully described in the new book, Transforming the Difficult Child, The Nurtured Heart Approach.
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Nurtured Heart Publications (April 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967050723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967050720
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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174 of 178 people found the following review helpful By CannedAm on January 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
My son was diagnosed ADHD (severe -- and I mean SEVERE), bipolar, and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) nearly four years ago; shortly after he turned 7. Those first three years were pure hell. Between behaviors, education issues, medication issues, and regular everyday "boy stuff" -- I was losing hope. In my research on these different disorders -- particularly ODD as it was the one I was least familiar with -- I came across rather frightening info -- particularly that ODD that isn't stopped becomes CD (conduct disorder), which basically guarantees a life in prison or as a social
outcast of some other sort for the person in question. That's incredibly frightening for a parent to learn. Not only was my son diagnosed with something that was not very treatable, but if it didn't respond to treatment he was in for a lifetime of hell. I also read that the only thing PROVEN to be effective against persistent ODD is in-home intensive therapy. Well, we did in-home counseling and it didn't do much (more or less parent training, and it wasn't new information at all). I did get wrap-around services for my son, which includes an in-home mental health aid 4 days a week (now it's three, soon to be two). THIS is what worked:
The groundwork I lay as far as behavior management and a positive discipline plan is contained wholly in this book. "The Nurtured Heart Approach" is the *only* approach that I felt good about, was easy to apply, was easy to stick with, and - most importantly - *WORKED*. This behavior plan, which includes a great point system at the end of the book-- was applied religiously and with total disregard for any protestations from my son (and daughter -- she's not got all his diagnoses, but it's a darned good plan and applies to an easy kid, too).
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105 of 114 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2000
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The concept of this book is great. I have put the system to work and so far, it's fantastic. My daughter has responded extremely well to this system and I am very happy with our results! Very happy indeed. For the first time in 4 years my daughter is going to sleep without a fuss. (Trust me, this kid HATES to go to sleep, and I am being polite when I say "fuss").

I am just about positive my daughter has ODD, or Oppositional Defiancy Disorder. I have implemented the credit system for positive behavoirs and she loves it! She looks forward to getting credits at the end of the day for the multitud of positive behavoirs that she can "get points" for.

However, the book is so poorly written I had to put it down many times and walk away, or I was going to throw the darn book in the trash. I knew that there was a concept in the book somewhere that was going to work for my daughter and I. But the book was is so full of metaphors, and SO repetitive, it never really does get to the darn point! Every single time I thought the book was going to get to the point, it stopped dead in it's tracks and started with the metaphors again.

Out of frustration, I finally took a highlighter and started highlighting sentences that had to do with explaining how to deal with difficult children, and how this program worked. Only then was I able to start assimilating the information contained within, and work my way around all of the 'filler'.

Also, you need to give more ideas on how to actually, materially, give credits, or record the credits. I finally devised my own way. The book said there was more information about this, but darn if I can find it. Even the table of contents is vague, not descriptive enough to help one find what they are looking for.

If you have a challenging child, get the book, try the system! It works wonders.

Jackie ~ San Diego California
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I learned of Tranforming the Difficult Child in May of this year, and began implementing the recommendations (with resolve) with our 10 year old son immediately. Everyone who knows him saw an immediate, major improvement in his ability to listen, to get and stay on task, to control his actions, to have meaningful conversations. These gains began in the first couple of days, and have accelerated ever since.
Our son's official "diagnosis" if you will, is ADHD non-attentive type and Non verbal learning disorder. While fun and likeable (also smart) is still immature for his ten years. He had never once had a best friend in his class (his long-time best friend is in fourth grade). With the confidence and ability to control that he gained through our application of the nurtured heart techniques, he has made not one but fourfriends in the fifth grade class!!!! He's enthusiastic about school, was crushed not to have made "Responsibility Club" this week (homework snafu) - a problem of prosperity. His teachers have embraced the form I adapted from your book. It's come home everyday with feedback, and in fact the highest scores possible, each and every day (they love the form).
Like many parents, I have tried many, many angles to help our son. Nothing has worked in the past. Implementing the approaches in this book has changed our lives.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By missy on April 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This approach is WONDERFUL and while the writing style could use a bit of polishing (it is a bit repetative) I don't think that's what's important here. It's the concepts behind the whole approach that are important. I'd give it a hundred stars if I could.
Our situation is anything but typical........my niece (11) and nephew (7) came to live with my 12 year old daughter and I about 6 1/2 months ago.
These children had been through a horrific time in their lives. Neglect, severe verbal abuse, physical abuse, witnesses of domestic violence, sexual molestation (both of them), and even a psychiatric hospitalization for my niece when she was 10.
After the first week they were with me, when I think everyone was just relieved they were safe, all the negative behavior they had learned started to surface.
Things were so bad I thought I wasn't going to be able to cope. Then I found this book and while it was somewhat difficult to get started at first it was MOST DEFINATELY worth the effort!
If you have a "difficult child" or know one get this book!

...Our in home counselor (who has a master's in psychology) says the tranformation in the children is AMAZING (her word).
It's a beautiful thing to see two such hurt and troubled children blossom and start to realize how wonderful they are and how successful they can be!
Thank you Howard Glasser!
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