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Fire Child, Water Child is a breakthrough work. Children are unique and deserve an expanded and elevated approach to healing. This stunning book points toward complementary and healthy alternatives to pharmaceutical remedies.”
—Deepak Chopra, MD, author and cofounder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing



“’Not a disease, but a symptom,’ is Dr. Cowan’s stunningly insightful summation of ADHD. Fire Child, Water Child offers a deep understanding of the types of children who may manifest attention difficulties. Dr. Cowan identifies what is right about them, innate positive qualities we can support to promote their development. Far more compassionate than the standard narrow medical approach, this book is also more scientific in its appreciation of children’s relationship to their environment.”
—Gabor Maté, MD, author of Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It



“Stephen Scott Cowan’s clinical skill and experience is unrivaled. His original approach has helped hundreds of children. Read and heed the wisdom embedded in his work.”
—Frank Lipman, MD, author of Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again



“Dr. Cowan has written an exceptionally thoughtful, repercussive book that will surely change the lives of children and parents looking for profound, holistic ways to understand and heal attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Not only has he created a masterful treatise in which children’s root natures are brought to light as key ingredients in their bespoke recoveries, but he has also contributed a beautifully crafted ode to rebuilding attention. Dr. Cowan’s support and recommendations have indeed proven transformative for me and for my son, Water child extraordinaire. This unique and brilliant book is a tour-de-force and finally, blessedly, reveals Dr. Cowan’s gentle genius to the world.”
—Maggie Lyon, writer on wellness and spirituality, holistic lifestyle consultant, and founder of lyonlifestyle.com



“This is such a good book—as practical as it is poetic. Dr. Cowan helps us to know our anxious, troubled, and sometimes troubling kids in new, more appreciative, and more compassionate ways. He teaches us that ADHD is as varied as the children who show its symptoms. In helping us adults step-by-step to help them, he helps us grow in love as well as knowledge.”
—James S. Gordon, MD, psychiatrist, founder of The Center for Mind Body Medicine, and author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression



“I was deeply fortunate to have Dr. Cowan as our devoted and honorable pediatrician. His passionate and essential life’s work is expressed beautifully and accessibly on these pages and profoundly serves to revolutionize, demystify, and guide families lost in the ambiguities of ADHD/ADD; pharmaceuticals; the cultural divide; and diversities of treatments, awareness, and balance. This book is a critical tool parents can use to support their children and encourage them to find a home within themselves, a precious gift.”
—Paulette Cole, CEO and creative director of ABC Home in New York, NY



“Cowan empowers us to see beyond generic labels that lead to one-size-fits-all thinking. He offers dazzling insights into the nature of each individual child, potentially revolutionizing how children are cared for by their families, educated by their teachers, and treated by their physicians.”
—Harriet Beinfield, coauthor of Between Heaven and Earth



“This is an extraordinary addition to the literature on childhood developmental disorders. Every parent and clinician treating this complex set of problems needs to read this book. Dr. Cowan has taken his thorough knowledge of medical science and decades of personal experience in studying and treating ADD and other developmental disorders, then combined them in an amazing synthesis with the energetic principles and characteristics of imbalance given to us by traditional Chinese medicine. This allows a broader, deeper and more individual understanding of each person’s unique problems and needs, allowing a much better chance of success in producing lasting transformations. Brilliant.”
—Woodson Merrell, MD, chairman of the department of integrative medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY, and author of Power Up



“Dr. Cowan’s Fire Child, Water Child is a breath of fresh air in the current world of ADD and ADHD literature. He combines his true healer’s motivation, years of successful practice, sound modern medical knowledge, and sane judgment derived from serious study of time-tested Asian medical wisdom to present us with a new way of seeing ADHD. His method encourages us to look at kids as the wondrous individuals that they are, care for them one by one in a truly human way, and save them and their parents from deep angst. As a dad and a granddad, I love this book and recommend it highly to everyone who loves their kids and wants to make sure that they thrive against whatever odds they face.”
—Robert Thurman, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and professor of Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University

About the Author

Stephen Scott Cowan, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician specializing in holistic developmental pediatrics who has over twenty years of experience working with children and families. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the AAP section on developmental disabilities, a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and a clinical faculty member at New York Medical College. He has lectured internationally and currently practices in New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608820904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608820900
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randall Neustaedter on May 22, 2012
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What an amazing gem of a book! I call it a gem because, like a diamond or ruby, the deeper you look the more facets and marvels you discover. I have heard Dr. Cowan lecture on the subject of attention problems in children several times. His ability to perceive the nature of each individual child is inspiring, but each time I wanted more clues to the management of their behavior problems. This book provides it all.
There are many excellent books about children's attention problems and ADHD, but none of them provide the unique perspective of Dr. Cowan's analysis and method. He applies the sophisticated understanding of Chinese medicine to the perplexing pediatric topic of ADHD. In the process he shows that ADHD is really a style of behavior. Each child can be understood through the filter of the five elements of Chinese medicine. Dr. Cowan brings this process alive with case examples and vivid descriptions of the characteristics of each type. Once parents understand which of the five types best describes their child's behavioral style, then they can apply specific remedial tools to encourage their child's emotional and spiritual development. This process is not a simple one for parents, but Cowan carefully and sensitively takes parents along the journey of discovery to understand their child through the perspective of the five types and to apply a wide range of interventions best suited to that type.
The interventions that Cowan proposes are calculated to bring the individual child's style into a greater balance and harmony. Although these interventions vary for each type, they have a common thread. All of them provide positive and life affirming activities and environments to encourage that child on the path of healthy development.
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By nysaramom on September 19, 2012
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If there was ever a manual on child-centered parenting, this would be it. An enlightening read for parents, educators, and therapists alike. Do not be misled by the use of the term ADHD on the cover - this book is for anyone looking to understand the different learning styles of children and provides practical solutions to supporting the child through creating the optimal environment for that particular child. This book will remain on my shelf as a handy reference guide for my children.
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Dr Cowan is hands down the best pediatrician I have ever met. He understands children and their health issues in a deep and holistic manner. This book is a must read for every parent regardless of their kids having been diagnosed with ADHD or not !
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This book is an invaluable resource for any parent with a child struggling with attention, any child that has been diagnosed, and any parent, period! So much information can be enacted immediately. Your viewpoint can shift immediately and you will get to know your child better instantly. Profound and a must read.
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As an ADHD adult, I was moved by the wisdom of this man. We are not diseased and shouldn't be treated as such.
As a parent I found it incredibly illuminating and helpful even if I dont have an ADHD child.
A must-read!
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By DT on September 3, 2012
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This is a must read for every parent. You will identify so much better with your children after reading this, whether your child has ADD/ADHD or not.
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I saw Dr. Stephen Cowan speak on this subject of five-element theory and ADHD and simply fell in love with it. This is a book that demonstrates how to support children in wanting to be present rather than drugging them when they check out. It is a big-hearted book, and its theory has also been used to help children simply understand each other better. Its application goes far beyond clinically diagnosed ADHD children pretty much to the population overall. Any parent can get some good ideas from Fire Child, Water Child. Very best to all, Linda Gnat-Mullin, Reiki Master
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This pediatrician knows what he is talking about and sincerely cares about children and families who want to help them. Understanding these simple yet profound ways to understand your child(ren) can make all the difference to a family and to the child(ren) they love.
A must read for anyone willing to look at how they're understanding and raising their children in a new light.
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