What I Learned From Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
The author describes his life after being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of five.

New Harbinger Pubns Inc

Blake Taylor's mother first suspected he had ADHD when he, at only three years of age, tried to push his infant sister in her carrier off the kitchen table. As time went by, Blake developed a reputation for being hyperactive and impulsive. He launched rockets (accidentally) into neighbor's swimming pools and set off alarms in museums. Blake was diagnosed formally with ADHD when he was five years old. In ADHD and Me, he tells about the next twelve years as he learns to live with both the good and bad sides of life with ADHD.

Blake's memoir offers, for the first time, a young person's account of what it's like to live and grow up with this common condition. Join Blake as he foils bullies, confronts unfair teachers, struggles with distraction and disorganization on exams, and goes sailing out-of-bounds and ends up with a boatload of spiders. It will be an inspiration and companion to the thousands of others like him who must find a way to thrive with a different perspective than many of us. The book features an introduction by psychologist Lara Honos-Webb, author of The Gift of ADHD, and a leading advocate for kids with ADHD.

From an attempt to hurl his infant sister off the edge of a table to being lashed down to a dining room chair by an irate babysitter, the stories from Blake Taylor's life with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at times hilarious, tragic, and instructive. This eminently readable memoir sheds light on what it's like for a young person to grow up with, suffer from, and ultimately learn to live with this common condition.

Publisher: Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, c2007
ISBN: 9781572245228
Branch Call Number: B TAY
Characteristics: xi, 176 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: ADHD and me


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Sep 16, 2010

This book, written by a teenager who has ADHD, has spot on descriptions of incidents from his experience at different times in his life. These are combined with thoughts as to what caused these problems, what he learned from them, and how to avoid having them happen to other children and teenagers. He has done research on ADHD, includes advice from his doctors and counselors and strategies his parents used.


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