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Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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I love how she approaches helping her son from a systematic view. He's not the only one that is making bad choices and she recongizes this - and starts to change the way she views situations, her son, and her reactions.
If you are struggling with a child that is suffering from ADD, or that you THINK might be suffering from ADD, buy this book. Read it, feel less alone, and you'll get great information on how to help the most important person in your life.
Katherine Ellison is a gifted writer who brings to the table her years of experience as a freelance writer. She was born in 1957 when the world was just coming to terms with "hyperactivity" as ADD was then called. She recognizes these problems in her son Buzz as well as the additional diagnostic onus of Oppositional Defiance Disorder or ODD. Buzz knows how to rile people up and, in one memorable meltdown he had when his Game Boy was taken away, Buzz, then 9 called Child Protective Services to report abuse.
All of this was taking place when Katherine was recovering from cancer, which she successfully battled twice during the boys' early years. Even so, Katherine and Jack never flag in their quest to help Buzz. Treatments include medication and neurofeedback, both of which have positive effects on their son.
Max, as do many siblings of children with major problems delighted in hounding and harassing Buzz, in turn pushing Buzz' buttons. I admit I did derive a certain amount of satisfaction when Max, after scratching Buzz' face was made the butt of a clever prank by Buzz. Buzz set Max' clock to ring at 2:00. At times, I thought Max was asking for it, like when he said in response to Katherine calling him her angel that "Buzz was their devil" and that he, Max "was a good guy and Buzz was a bad guy.Read more ›
The deal: Katherine Ellison, freelance writer and married mother of two preteen boys, has attention deficit disorder (ADD). Her older son, called "Buzz" in the book, has ADD too, as well as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). He's an expert at pushing her buttons. After one particularly bad parenting moment, Ellison decides that for her next book, she will use her journalistic skills to learn more about how her son's mind works -- and, hopefully, how to help him. Over the next year or so, Ellison researches ADD/ADHD and, to a lesser extent, ODD. She and her son also try several ADD treatments, including medication and neurofeedback. (They both help a lot, by the way.)
"Buzz" contains a lot of the information you might find in a standard "how to parent your ADD/ADHD" child book. But what makes it worth five stars is that it's really about Ellison's own journey toward understanding her son and herself. In the process, her relationship with Buzz improves tremendously. Probably not coincidentally, Buzz's behavior improves as well, although at no point does Ellison suggest that he's becoming an angel. Ellison never offers a prescription for "curing" ADD or ODD, but she does talk about what works.
This isn't just a book about ADD. It's also about mindfulness, compassion, love -- and getting stuff done. Anyone who lives and/or works with kids could both enjoy it and benefit from it. I'd particularly like to send a copy to my son's fifth-grade teacher -- in fact, I think I will.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very engaging true life story of people struggling with attention issues. Written with a lot of heart and a lot of humor. It provides some very good insight.Published 6 months ago by Just me
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a child with challenges of any kind in their life. Katherine Ellison's writers voice is so personable and honest-one of the few books... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Oona M.
This was a great read for anyone who wants to be smarter about people, and especially anyone who has puzzled through ADHD, or really ANY behavior-related health issue. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rebecca Kent
I have had this book for several weeks now and am only on page 150. I have not picked it up for over a week. I have a 6 year old son with ADHD so this book interested me. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Megan Hemingway
Katherine Ellison has ADHD and so does her oldest son, Buzz. She is married and extremely busy, disorganized and frazzled like most ADHD moms, me included. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Laura Booksnob
So honest and genuine, a very generous book of a family's struggles with ADD for the child and adult with many laternative treatments explored and discussed.Published on April 15, 2013 by maryanne
After reading the rave reviews of this book, I'm wondering if some of them might have been paid reviews -- or maybe part of a PR effort. It's not a bad book, exactly. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Onyx Parrot
The great journalistic style, the sense of humor and the amount of research put in writing this book make people who are unfamiliar with ADHD discover all aspects of it. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Pourpier
By far the best book, in my opinion, on ADHD available. I have read so many books on this topic, for the last ten years, and this one is exceptional. Well written and researched.Published on September 17, 2012 by Amy