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New Book on Raising an ADHD Child Gives an F-Minus to Public Schools
A mother shares her personal odyssey in an emotional book about advocacy, strength and optimism
Medford, NJ, January 25, 2010 — Raising a child with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is hard enough even with an entirely compassionate family support system. But when the schools involved in the child’s life exhibit an appalling lack of understanding and motivation, it can be an utterly dreadful experience.
Karen Lowry has been there, has worked through many of the challenges, and has written a book about it to help other parents whose school-age children suffer from ADHD.
“The Seventh Inning Sit: A Journey of ADHD” is a poignant account of Lowry’s emotional journey as an advocate for better education, support and communication with regard to dealing with ADHD in the public school system. Many school systems are wrought with inaction and ignorance of the medical diagnosis, thereby further hindering the education and socialization of many afflicted youngsters. Lowry, a New Jersey mother of four, the youngest son of whom suffers from ADHD, takes the reader along on her personal odyssey, and in the process discovers where improvements can be made and where family stability can be enhanced.
“While I was working on the book, the more I wrote, the more I realized the enormous amount of advocacy that is needed in our nation’s public schools. I had already been through many living nightmares with regard to my son’s experiences outside of the home, but became downright enraged when I discovered how the schools generally don’t acknowledge the reality of ADHD, and how that negatively impacted my son’s academic and social progress,” says Lowry, who is also a pediatric nurse.
The book offers stories, support and advice for families struggling with ADHD, which is said to afflict up to eight percent of American children. “The Seventh Inning Sit” is a powerful first-hand narrative designed to help those who are dealing with the initial phases of diagnosis by directly relating what is already known about ADHD to real-life situations in which the Lowrys found themselves as their son moved into the public school system. The title of the book refers to the perplexing nature of an ADHD child’s frenzied impulsiveness, which is often at odds with the conduct and manners of others in similar social and educational situations.
“We cannot be intimidated by school personnel, which is often the case with ADHD families. Parents need to be confident. They must never doubt themselves when advocating strongly on behalf of their child. It’s sad to say, but we really haven’t come too far in the acceptance of ADHD,” says Lowry, whose book recently won the 2009 Pinnacle Award for Best Parenting Book from the North American Bookdealers Association.
“Armed with enough information, parents can be formidable in their fight to maintain a healthy self-esteem for their ADHD child in the schools. Without the right tools, other problems can easily arise—and heaven knows there is already enough to deal with.”
“The Seventh Inning Sit: A Journey of ADHD” is available from amazon.com, and createspace.com.