Movers, Dreamers and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD
June 5, 2012
Amazon | BN
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The negative aspects of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are well known–impulsivity, difficulty paying attention, lacking follow through, procrastination, boredom, anxiety, etc. But what many people don’t know is that when these same traits are put to good use, those with ADHD can live highly functional, successful, and exciting lives. When Kevin Roberts realized his potential, he decided to devote his life to helping children and adults with ADHD. Because he shares their condition, he knows that with proper support and coaching, they, like him, can turn their lives around.
In his new book MOVERS, DREAMERS, AND RISK-TAKERS: Unlocking the Power of ADHD (Hazelden Publishing; June 2012; $14.95/Original Trade Paperback; $11.95/E-book) Roberts passionately relates his experiences and those of others to explain what ADHD is; how it manifests in kids and adults; and how the advantages of ADHD can be used to better people’s lives. Some of the ideas Roberts presents in MOVERS, DREAMERS, AND RISK-TAKERS are:
- The educational system is ill-equipped to teach kids with ADHD. The routines, repetition, and institutional discipline oppose the way an ADHDer is able to learn.
- ADHDers are often highly creative, with high IQs, and possessing strong entrepreneurial spirits. Kevin Roberts is a stand-up comic who has performed all over the country in addition to being a highly trained ADHD coach with a Masters in ADHD Studies. Harnessing the positive qualities of ADHD can produce outstanding results.
- Employ “The Opposite” method. For example, when your ADHD child lies or even hides from you to avoid homework, avoid reacting with anger. One of the characteristics of ADHDers is that they thrive on negativity. They are hard-wired to be stimulated and even motivated by crisis. Roberts maintains that they may even push buttons on purpose just to get the desired result they need.
- ADHD is a hereditary disorder. If a child has it, it is likely to be shared by one or both parents.
- Humor is the key. ADHDers respond well to play and humor. Finding a way to handle schoolwork and procrastination with constructive games will increase the odds of getting it all done.
Filled with the latest research about ADHD (see the appendix called “The Mystery of the ADHD Brain”) and a “tool chest” of practical advice on how to break down some of the most frustrating road blocks facing ADHDers and their caregivers, MOVERS, DREAMERS, AND RISK-TAKERS is full of possibilities. There is a panoply of negativity surrounding ADHD, and with his new book, Roberts makes a point of turning these perceptions around for good.