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Positively ADD: Real Success Stories to Inspire Your Dreams Hardcover – May 30, 2006
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Grade 4-6–Profiles of successful entrepreneurs, educators, artists, athletes, and musicians, all of whom reached their success in spite of–or, as they sometimes claim, because of–ADD. The entries are sandwiched between advice from Edward Hallowell, a physician with ADD who has experience treating children and adults with the syndrome, and questions and answers about it. The stories are informative and inspiring, obviously written to help children understand the realities of living with the disorder. Great care has been taken to provide insight from both men and women, and African Americans and whites, but the writing is uninspired, and often stilted and dull. In spite of this, there is much to recommend this book: the variety of the people, the solutions that individuals have found for working and living with ADD, and the frank discussions of medications. This book, with its many discussion topics, may be best used as a read-aloud in a family where children and/or adults have ADD.–Wendy Smith-DArezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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Gr. 7-10. "You're like a toaster! You just pop up all the time." James Carville remembers his mother's exasperated comment in this inspiring book, which profiles 17 adults who began dealing with attention deficit disorder in childhood. Along with political strategist Carville, subjects include a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, a major league pitcher, and a young Rhodes scholar. If their life paths are diverse, their stories of struggle and miserable school days are strikingly similar. The authors, parents of ADD children, wanted to write a book about "real people who have struggled with ADD and won the match." Without sugarcoating the problems, their positive book presents concrete advice from happy, successful adults. The text is well designed for readers with ADD; short chapters are broken into sections delineated by lively headings that are printed in boldface type. A list of resources and an informative question-and-answer section round out an encouraging, helpful book for teens with ADD as well as for their parents, teachers, and friends. Lynn Rutan
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Here are other superb books for children and teens with AD/HD. For children who are not being read to, it’s important that parents read the book also and start an ongoing conversation.
Shelley, The Hyperactive Turtle, Deborah Moss
Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have Wiggle Fidgets, Barbara Esham
What Were You Thinking? (impulsivity), Bryan Smith
My Mouth Is a Volcano! (interrupting), Julia Cook
Terrific Teddy’s Excessive Energy, Dr. Jim Forgan
My Friend Has ADHD, Amanda Tourville
My Warp Speed Mind, Donalisa Helsley
Otto Learns About His Medicine, Dr. Matthew Galvin
Annie’s Plan: Taking Charge of Schoolwork and Homework, Jeanne Kraus
The ADHD Workbook for Kids, Lawrence Shapiro
All Dogs Have ADHD, Kathy Hoopmann
Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book about Living with ADHD, Jeanne Kraus
Get Ready for Jetty: My Journal About ADHD and Me, Jeanne Kraus
The Survival Guide For Kids With ADD or ADHD, Dr. John Taylor
Journal of an ADHD Kid: The Good, the Bad, and The Useful, Tobias Stumpf
Attention Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD, Dr. Patricia Quinn (chapter on medication)
Positively ADD: Real Success Stories to Inspire Your Dreams (2nd edition), Catherine Corman
A Bird’s-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD, Chris Zeigler Dendy
ADHD and Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table, Blake Taylor
Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook, Ari Tuckman
Learning Disabilities and Life Stories (some essays about AD/HD), Pano Rodis
Learning Outside the Lines (college prep), Jonathan Mooney and David Cole (authors have LD and AD/HD)
The few stories that I read were more like personal stories instead of how they overcome ADD. I was very interested in that plastic surgeon's story. I thought that it will tell me how he overcame his ADD and became a doctor,but he didn't realize that he had ADD long after he became a doctor.
As for that football (soccer) player's story, he has ADD, so he has a lot of problems at school. In the end, he became a football player. How inspiring is that?