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I have thoroughly enjoyed Thom Hartmann's newest book the "Complete
Guide to ADHD". It has been several years since I last read
some of Thom Hartmann's work. Although some themes have been
reiterated from earlier books in this new book, there are good
new insights into old concepts and new issues which I find
interesting and helpful. Hartmann always comes across as a
thoughtful coach and teacher rather than as a Doctor or a victim
telling their story of ADD misery. As I read the "Guide" I
realize how lucky I am to have stumbled into his writing and how
far I have come utilizing many of his suggestions from earlier
Five years ago I became aware that there was a name for my chronic disorganization that had created years of negativity and apprehension. I am in my 50's and was considered a goof-off in school. There was no concept for ADD at the time. It was more or less considered weak character or low horsepower. A lousy self image and poor organization skills followed me into business .Though I have managed to do well by by having great coworkers, I had always lived in ADD terror that I could not manage my business as it got bigger. Once aware of the nature of ADD ;I looked for possible solutions, I tried prescription medications but found I could not tolerate them well.
I sought alternatives and I stumbled into Hartmann's books at the library. I was ideally seeking an instant fix .Instead I discovered combination of medium and many small fixes over time and practice. I discovered most of the fixes in Hartmann's books and on his Compuserve ADD Forum . I adopted many of his tips ;one of the best was a mindfulness technique called "original awareness" which is reviewed in "Guide". I also discovered the magic of EEG Neurofeedback which proved to be a godsend for me and my teenage daughter who also had attention problems. Hartmann was one of the first ADD writers to conservatively endorse Neurofeedback for attention training. This gave me the confidence to try it and fortunately it was effective.
I was initially skeptical of some of Hartmann's concepts from earlier books especially the concept that ADD has many plusses. As I read the "Guide" I realize how on target he was and is ;once you get some control over your impulses you have often the energy and craziness to go out of the box and try new things. This with discipline can give you a competitive advantage.. The Hunter gene may account for some of our prowess as an innovative nation.
Hard-core ADD is considered is small percent of the population but many more of the population have some occasional traits of ADD, so Hartmann's self management tips have common sense value for many more people, especially in business .I found most interesting Hartmann's theories on poor listening skills, reading, and too much passive visual stimulation from TV and computers. This theory plus the theory of how the brain is sculpted by our environments at earlier ages is also fascinating; these theories should interest parents of young children or grandparents of young children. Finally, Hartmann's explanation of how modern mass education evolved was a startling insight. Times change so mass education will probably have to change to adapt to our visually over stimulated new student populations.
Once again Hartmann has presented helpful practical insights and strategies for dealing and managing ADD or ADHD in an optimistic spirit .He always inspires me to try new things and to do better
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How to Help Your Child With Homework: Every Caring Parent's Guide to
Encouraging Good Study Habits and Ending the Homework Wars : For Parents of
Children Ages 6-13
This well-written, informative book is essential reading for parents. The authors have provided a sound basis for dealing with homework questions and problems. The section on troubleshooting deals with organization, preparing for tests, and handling disagreements with teachers. The rest of the work is divided into chapters for each subject area. Concrete ideas and examples are given. Every chapter also contains a series of questions often asked by parents. The answers are straightforward and practical. The final chapter contains a number of worksheet masters. Most are well developed; the book report section is weak. However, the wealth of superb information makes this an excellent source for teachers and parents.
Help Your Child With a Foreign Language (Berlitz Kids)
practical parents guide offers fresh, appealing, and effective guidance for
teaching young children another language. It shows you how to teach your
children naturally and easily at home, using the same methods applied when
you helped your children learn to speak their native language:
encouragement, interaction, and repetition. Written by internationally
recognized author and teacher Opal Dunn, this book includes helpful tips for
understanding each child’s individual learning needs, selecting appropriate
language-learning materials, and planning opportunities for language
exposure outside the home and abroad.
Help Your Child With Maths (Primary Initiatives in Mathematics Education)
As a new homeschooler mother, I have combed the libraries for helpful books
on math to teach and entertain. This book stands out from all the others in
its organization and creativity. it is divided into "home" activities and
"outdoors" activities for two age groups: 4-8 year olds and 7-11 year olds.
There is minimal need for supplies (dominoes, dice, straws, string, paper,
playing cards) and the main requirement is your mind. Many of the games can
be played in the car; this has been our best use of the book. The most fun
part of the new homeschooling year so far has been rolling four dice each
and adding up the numbers. Variations on that theme were to roll and find
how you could make a sum of 10 or 11 or 12. The book's games can be played
as they are described or used as a jumping board to other variations. The
games are challenging to adults and children and spark the imagination as to
how numbers fit together and further conversation on "what if" questions.
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