The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths
by Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D.

The title of this book caught my eye for two reasons. First, I think it's important to help kids with ADHD to recognize and develop their positive qualities, especially when they struggle with criticism, negativity and rejection on a daily basis. Secondly, Dr. Honos-Webb's approach fits with my "strength based" philosophy in therapy which means we start with looking at a person's strengths or what's working now and then we build from there.

Dr. Honos-Webb's book on parenting children with ADHD challenges the mainstream thinking that ADHD represents problems based on attention deficits. It redefines ADHD as strengths based on talents that capture a child's attention and takes it in other directions that might not always conform to our expectations. Dr. Honos-Webb takes the approach that children with ADHD have many gifts - gifts such as creativity, enthusiasm, attunement with nature, emotional sensitivity, and interpersonal intuition. The problem is not so much attention deficits as it is attention distracters!

By zeroing in on what is capturing a child's attention, we can build self-esteem, reinforce what they are doing right, and use it as a springboard for interventions that will help them succeed in life. Dr. Honos-Webb includes a good review of the latest research and literature on ADHD including issues related to medication. She offers the reader practical suggestions and strategies in parenting ADHD children, building their self-esteem, and tips on navigating the educational and mental health care arenas on their behalf.

The book review on states:

As a parent, you already know that your child has many gifts. What you may not know is that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-related symptoms-the very qualities that lead him or her to act out and distract others-may be among them. This second edition of The Gift of ADHD includes compelling new research indicating that the impulses that lead your child to act exuberantly may correspond with unusual levels of creativity and a heightened capacity for insight into the feelings and emotions of others. Could it be that ADHD is not a hindrance, but an asset in our fast-paced digital age?

This book lead to others that take a similar approach in looking at ADHD as a gift and not a deficit. You might also enjoy The Hidden Gifts of ADHD by Carole Jacobs and Isadore Wendel and Managing the Gift of Your ADD/HD Child by Kevin Ross Emery. Other selections by Dr. Lara Honos-Webb include a workbook that accompanies her first book called The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways to Change Your Child's Problems into Strengths. For teens and adults, she wrote The ADHD Workbook for Teens and The Gift of Adult ADD. These books are all available online at

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