Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"The Gift of ADHD," by Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D

Edited & reposted from 2010 blog entry:

Couldn't wait to FINALLY get this book primarily because of it's positive angle! "The Gift of ADHD," by Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D, will be at the top of my stack for a while. I can already tell I'm going to like it.

Lara has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay area and has written several books. This particular book is available from: Barnes & Noble Book Store.

Here are the "5 gifts of ADHD," according to Dr. Honos-Webb:

1) creativity
2) attunement to nature
3) interpersonal intuition
4) energetic enthusiasm
5) emotional sensitivity

First of all, I have to admit that if you told me 3 yrs ago that my son's ADHD was a "gift" I would have said, "If you think this is a gift, you come raise this kid!" But WOW! I can only imagine what this thinking would do for the self-esteem of ADHD kids everywhere, if the adults around them began looking at their issues in a different way. I must add that in no way do I desire to make light of the negative affects of ADHD in our kids and homes. These are real. I have for the past year however, for my own health and my son's, needed to take a hard look at ways to embrace his particular differences. Here's the common generalization of ADHD kids:
1) Outspoken 2) Headstrong 3) Spun out of control 4) Destructive 5) Inattentive at school

Deep breath....time to look at that TOP 5 list a little more often!  Thank you, Dr. Honos-Webb!

1 comment:

leachmark707 said...

I really appreciate this blog, and this post in particular. It is that kind of optimism and looking for the good that has gotten me through our trials with adhd. Besides that, I think that adhd is a gift because there is never a dull moment.
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