Nowhere to HideWhy Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It
A new approach to help kids with ADHD and LD succeed in and outside the classroom This groundbreaking book addresses the consequences of the unabated stress associated with Learning disabilities and ADHD and the toxic, deleterious impact of this stress on kids' academic learning, social skills, behavior, and efficient brain functioning. Schultz draws upon three decades of work as a neuropsychologist, teacher educator, and school consultant to address this gap. This book can help change the way parents and teachers think about why kids with LD and ADHD find school and homework so toxic. It will also offer an abundant supply of practical, understandable strategies that have been shown to reduce stress at school and at home. Offers a new way to look at why kids with ADHD/LD struggle at school Provides effective strategies to reduce stress in kids with ADHD and LD Includes helpful rating scales, checklists, and printable charts to use at school and home This important resource is written by a faculty member of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry and former classroom teacher.
Foreword (Edward M. Hallowell). Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART ONE: THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF STRESS. 1. Stayin' Alive: Understanding the Human Brain and How It Responds to Stress. 2. Stress Goes to School. PART TWO: MAKING SENSE OF LD AND ADHD. 3. What's in a Name? Clearing Up Misperceptions About Learning Disabilities. 4. Pay Attention! Demystifying ADHD. 5. Decoding Stress with Neuropsychological Evaluations. PART THREE: HOW KIDS “SAVE FASE” AND DE-STRESS. 6. Nowhere to Hide: How Negative Behaviors Help Kids “Save FASE”. 7. From Distress to DE-STRESS: Breaking the FASE Cycle and Putting Kids on the Path to Competence. PART FOUR: SPECIAL MESSAGES FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS. 8. Making Schools Stress-Less and Success-Full for Students with LD and ADHD. 9. Parents and Families: Home Is Where the Heart (and Heartache) Is. Conclusion: All's Well That Ends . . . Well . . . Appendix A: Resources for Families and Teachers. Appendix B: Forms and Activities. References. About the Author. Index.
Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist for over thirty years, is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and consults to schools in the United States and abroad. A former middle school teacher, Schultz specializes in the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of youth with learning disabilities and ADHD. For more information visit his website at www.jeromeschultz.com.
For decades, politicians have spent thousands of hours writing legislation aimed at helping kids with ADHD and learning disabilities (LD). Parents and schools have spent billions of dollars getting children tested and delivering special education services. Despite all this, most kids with ADHD/LD still hate school. Why haven't we been able to find the solution to this problem? We've been looking in the wrong place. Current efforts to help children with ADHD/LD don't work because they don't take into account that these kids are under chronic stress. They are required daily to do what for them is physically impossible—staying focused, reading with peers, sitting still—and live in a constant state of feeling inadequate and embarrassed. To protect themselves, children use the defenses nature provided them: they freeze, fight, or flee. The problem is that kids with ADHD/LD in school have no place to run, no place to hide, and all too often they get labeled or punished if they shut down or fight learning. Chronic stress impacts kids' brain functioning, behavior, social skills, and academic learning. Nowhere to Hide shines a light on this important yet overlooked phenomenon in the lives of children with ADHD/LD, offering guidance for parents and teachers to help kids improve learning, behavior, and self-esteem. Jerome Schultz reframes kids' behavior as Saving FASE (Fear, Avoidance, Stress, and Escape) and provides his step-by-step DE-STRESS model, which helps kids reduce stress at school and at home. This book will change the way parents and teachers think about why their kids find school and homework so toxic. It also includes rating scales, checklists, printable charts, and practical strategies that help students break the stress cycle and attain the confidence that comes from competence.
Praise for Nowhere to Hide "[Some 10-15% of America's kids] fight the battle of learning disabilities and attention deficits every day. Through no fault or choice of their own, they become a daily source of puzzlement and frustration for the parents and teachers in their lives. In Nowhere to Hide, Schultz brings his unparalleled experience, knowledge, background, and wisdom to this issue. He provides the reader with comprehensible explanations of the latest neurobiological research and translates it into practical strategies parents and professionals can use to assist these students in reaching their fullest potential."—Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., educational consultant and author, The Motivation Breakthrough and It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend "Jerry has helped thousands of teachers, students, parents, and others triumph (by turning) what seemed at first a shortcoming, even a disability, into an asset."—from the foreword by Edward Hallowell, M.D., coauthor, Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction "In Nowhere to Hide, Jerome Schultz brings to light the extraordinary stresses experienced by children with learning disabilities and ADHD. Kids with learning disabilities struggle academically, but they also experience tremendous fear—and so do their parents! I wish my wife and I had had this practical, comforting book when we were raising our two children."—Michael Thompson, Ph.D., coauthor, Raising Cain and It's a Boy!., coauthor, Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction
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