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It's Hard To Be a Verb! Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Julia Cook is a former teacher and school counselor with a master's degree in Elementary School Counseling. She strives to help children explore their untapped potential by actively engaging them in creative stories that not only entertain, but inspire children to change for the better. Her fun, child-friendly stories are inspired by years of working with children and carefully listening to parents and teachers. She lives in Freemont, Nebraska with her husband and three children.
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Another reviewer commented how the dad in the book thinks that some of the methods are "strange". I also like that part of the book. It demonstrates that while some people may think the methods are odd, they can still help!
I will admit that it wasn't just about not wanting to put him on meds. It was the stigma of parents that do. "Oh it's so easy to just drug your kids" or "It's lazy parenting." - but after reading this book, and the look on my son's face when he identified with it, I finally got him the help he needed.
Thank you! This book was such a blessing. I now understand how he feels, and can be a better parent. <3
Story is not engaging--repetition of "my knees start itching, my toes start twitching, skin gets jumpy, others get grumpy" for various situations
only coping strategies presented
- toy to squeeze
- movement break described in an odd way (wiggle your wiggles before they wiggle you"; this seems to be used at home, not school
- a list of expectations (get out of bed on time)
The book seems to describe a child with ADHD, but this diagnosis is never mentioned. The teacher and parents yell at the child to try harder to focus.
Much better books on attention difficulties and AD/HD:
My Mouth Is a Volcano! (interrupting), Julia Cook
Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have Wiggle Fidgets, Barbara Esham
My Warp Speed Mind, Donalisa Helsley
Otto Learns About His Medicine, Matthew Galvin
Shelley, The Hyperactive Turtle, Deborah Moss
My Friend Has ADHD, Amanda Tourville
80HD: A Child’s Perspective On ADHD, Trish Wood
Terrific Teddy’s Excessive Energy, Jim Forgan
Annie’s Plan: Taking Charge of Schoolwork and Homework (attention, time management, organization, homework), Jeanne Kraus
All Dogs Have ADHD, Kathy Hoopmann
Jeanne Kraus- Get Ready for Jetty! My Journal About ADHD and Me, Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book about Living with ADHD
Slam Dunk: A Young Boy’s Struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder, Roberta Parker
Sparky’s Excellent Misadventures: My ADD Journal, Phyllis Carpenter
The Survival Guide For Kids With ADD or ADHD, John Taylor
Journal of an ADHD Kid: The Good, the Bad, and The Useful, Tobias Stumpf
Positively ADD: Real Success Stories to Inspire Your Dreams, Catherine Corman
ADHD and Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table, Blake Taylor
Attention Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD, Patricia Quinn
Joey Pigza series, Jack Gantos
ADHD in HD: Brains Gone Wild, Jonathan Chesner
A Bird’s-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD, Chris Zeigler Dendy
The Sensory Team Handbook (for sensory processing/integration symptoms of AD/HD), Nancy Mucklow
Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook, Ari Tuckman