The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths

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New Harbinger Publications, Jul 1, 2010 - Self-Help - 240 pages
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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?

ADHD expert Lara Honos-Webb presents the evidence for this revolutionary concept and explains how you can help your child develop control over inattentive, hyperactive behavior and enhance the five gifts of ADHD: creativity, attunement to nature, interpersonal intuition, energetic enthusiasm, and emotional sensitivity. Filled with easy skill-building activities you and your child can do together, this book will help your child transform problematic symptoms into strengths, then build the self-esteem they need to let those gifts shine.


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Review: The Gift Of ADHD: How To Transform Your Child's Problems Into Strengths

User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

Great read for anyone with a child that has ADHD or wants to understand it. Read full review

Review: The Gift Of ADHD: How To Transform Your Child's Problems Into Strengths

User Review  - Wonderishmama - Goodreads

I didn't finish this book. There was something artificial and mildly condescending to the tone. I also felt the suggested interventions were too complicated for someone with ADHD and for a child as young as my son. Read full review


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Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA. She is author of The Gift of ADHD, The Gift of ADHD Activity Book, Listening to Depression, and more than twenty-five scholarly articles. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and many newspapers across the country. She has appeared on national radio and television programs. Honos-Webb specializes in the treatment of ADHD, depression, and the psychology of pregnancy and motherhood and speaks regularly on these topics.

She completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, and has been an assistant professor teaching graduate students. For more information about Honos-Webb and her work, please visit

Foreword writer Scott M. Shannon, MD, is a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association and served as president from 2000-2001. He started the country's first academically based integrative clinic in child psychiatry at the University of Colorado Children's Hospital in Denver, CO, where he works as assistant clinical professor. He is author of the book Please Don't Label My Child and was recently named president-elect of the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine.

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