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.
About The Author:
Kevin Roberts was born in Detroit, Michigan, attended 12 years of Catholic school, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He taught high school and middle school social studies and foreign languages for four years. For the last 13 years, he has been an ADHD Coach, helping ADHD individuals succeed in school and life. He conducts support groups for teens and adults who struggle with cyber addiction and is the author of Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap. Roberts is a nationally-recognized expert in cyber addictions and also lectures widely on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He speaks French, Spanish, and German in addition to some conversational capacity in Greek, Italian, Arabic, Quechua and Chinese.
For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what was going on with my oldest child. Something was different; a little off. He was always moving, always doing something different each time I looked at him. He couldn’t concentrate at school, wanting to be other places but there. So, I broke down and and took him to the docs. He was diagnosed with something I didn’t think he would ever have. ADD. Attention Deficit Disorder. Yep. I had no clue. But, I have a clue now and he’s very imaginative! When this book title came up for reviewing, I jumped at the chance. I am always looking to further my knowledge on this condition and the book itself is so much help!
When lots of people think of ADD or ADHD, they think okay, that person is whacked. Not true. They are different yes. It takes more than a simple task to occupy them. It takes creativity and lots of energetic activities to satisfy them. It’s often a trying and difficult time. Through this book, Kevin Roberts shows us what that’s all about. It helps us who do not have the condition to better understand the minds and lifestyles of those that do.
I always have new questions about my son and his ways, and now I have a book for reference. It’s a great reading experience. Definitely a learning tool, this book is perfect for anyone who is going through a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, whether it is yourself, a child, a friend. Questions are answered, suggestions are given and it’s written in an easy to understand way.
If you or someone you know has ADD/ADHD, then Kevin Roberts’ book is a must read for you. It’s 5 Book worthy and a fantastic guidance for more information on a difficult problem. I am forever keeping this on my bookshelf and when I get frustrated with my son (which, still, even knowing his condition, I get that way often!), I can pull this out and say okay. Breathe. This is how we will handle things…..Thanks, Mr. Roberts for an amazing tool!