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Book Review: Boy Without Instructions

Penny Williams, the “ADHD Momma,” writes about parenting a kid with ADHD, LD, and sensory processing issues – with warmth, humor, and comforting insight.

Boy Without Instructionsby Penny Williams (Grace-Everett Press, $14.95)

Penny Williams is a household name to many parents of kids with ADHD, so it’s not surprising that her book, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD, is on its way to becoming a staple in every well-stocked ADHD home library. Williams, aka “The ADHD Momma,” earned a name in the online ADHD community as founder of the blog “A Mom’s View of ADHD: Everyday Life with Our ADHD Kids,” an honest account of her trials, tribulations, and victories.

Williams stays true to her accessible style in Boy Without Instructions, the story of how she and her family grappled with her son “Ricochet’s” ADHD, sensory processing issues, and learning disabilities, before and after the diagnoses. The book is a chronological account of Williams’s quest to help her son thrive despite his challenges. Williams focuses on what she’s learned from her experiences to shorten the learning curve for other parents.

If you’re parenting a child with ADHD and/or its common comorbid conditions, you are bound to feel a connection to Williams’s story, because, in many ways, it’s your own. You’ll identify with her mixed emotions and evolving views about the treatment of ADHD with medication, as she recounts Ricochet’s medication trials. You’ll cheer her on in her efforts to help Ricochet succeed at school. You’ll commiserate with her about the live-and-learn nature of managing his behaviors. You’ll feel for the family as Ricochet’s ADHD affects relationships between mother and daughter, wife and husband, daughter and son.

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