Child Without an Off Switch is a beautiful and touching story of living with ADHD. At times gut-wrenching, at times hilarious and always insightful.
This is a frank and unfiltered account that will reward you with a better understanding of ADHD as told by the child, the parent and the teacher.
It reveals how simple strategies and a focus on the positive side of living with ADHD, can shape a bright future.
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an Off Switch
By: James Frey
My name is James and I have ADHD. This book is for all of you who have ADHD too. I started writing this book when I was about 10. I have been on quite a journey so far and now that my childhood is almost over, I'm ready to share my story with you.
I wanted to write this book to help other people understand how I feel and to let you know that it is OK to feel the way you do. I also want your parents to know how to deal with our issues better.
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Child Without an Off Switch
Having ADHD has been likened to navigating in a dark room when the light is only occasionally switched on. The difficulty is even greater when trying to navigate this way in a room in which you are not familiar. You are more likely to run into obstacles than avoid them.
In the first decade of life, young people encounter many novel experiences, and this forms the vast majority of their learning. ADHD can be even more challenging when it impacts on the ability to organise plan and anticipate (executive function), or is associated with learning or emotional management problems. Young people are tasked to develop skills to cope with their challenges and come to terms with their strengths and difficulties. Those with ADHD develop late, placing them at a further competitive disadvantage with their peers.
ADHD can be a gift as well as a burden. Those with ADHD may be sparky and energetic, creative and constantly exploring possibilities rather than running the expected course.
ADHD Australia recognises and promotes a community that fully supports, understands and accommodates people with ADHD.
There can be no stronger voice describing the journey for people living with ADHD and their supporters than James Frey. James provides incredible insights into the challenges experienced by a young man with ADHD and his family on this journey.
James’ chronology provides stark insights into the obstacles and highs and lows experienced. He poignantly describes the changes in thinking and effects of puberty and cognitive maturation as he progresses through his early teen years.
James provides hope and inspiration for those with ADHD who are following his journey. His transition is an eye-opener and essential information for anyone with a lived experience of ADHD.
ADHD Australia encourages you to read and share James’ story.
Associate Professor Michael Kohn
Chair, ADHD Australia