Have you ever heard of the book “All Dogs Have ADHD” by Kathy Hoopman? I recently thought about it as my post “How to Discipline A Child – The Rubber Band Method” is going crazy on social media and people are asking questions about ADHD. I remembered how great this book was in helping to explain ADHD to my kids and even some adults.
I was sitting at my desk reading my morning emails and Logan jumps up, yells something like, “Argh! ADHD choices!” and ran from the room and up the stairs.
Ohhhhkkaaaaayyyyy. Sure. I have no idea what that was about.
At that moment I happened to be looking at picture of the most adorable puppies. We are looking to get a new dog. It’s been a month since Ms. Thang passed away. We miss her but we also miss having a dog in the house. Dogs really make a house a home, ya know. At least we think so.
Yes, this is how my brain works. Having fun yet? There are times when I have to leave breadcrumbs through my brain to find my way back to what I was doing.
All Dogs Have ADHD Review
I saw this book several years ago as I was perusing the shelves at the book store. My hope was to find something to help me explain to Logan what ADHD was without making him feel like a total misfit. The story is pictures of dogs doing silly and fun things to show that having ADHD is not a bad thing.
The very first page made me smile and giggle.
ADHD may be detected in a baby soon after it is born.
I knew the nanosecond Logan’s spirit entered my body. Ask my husband. In fact, the first thing I said to him was, “That one took.” (Yeah, I’m not a romantic sort of girl.) Logan was bouncing and pinging around from the beginning. He’s always had two speeds, Faster and Sleeping
. The psychiatrist said his was the easiest case of ADHD to diagnose in his 35 years of experience.
Right. Got it. He could have taken longer. I had the whole day.
The rest of the book talks about things like sleeping (they don’t) and running (the faster the better), getting hurt (the ER personnel knew us by name when the boys were younger), or losing things (if it’s your shiny thing look in Logan’s room, unless it belongs to Logan, in which case good luck finding it).
Always in a humorous way with adorable pictures of dogs doing the exact same things. Who doesn’t love playful dogs?!
By the end of the book my boys understood that while ADHD can sometimes be hazardous to your health it isn’t awful or life threatening. In fact, it can lead to many adventures. It talks about how other great people had ADHD and how they, too, can strive for excellence in their chosen field.
We can teach our kids that they are worthy and their drawbacks can sometimes be gifts. “All Dogs Have ADHD” ends with stating that a dog (or kid!) has potential that is limitless. My heart was warmed reading it. The boys still remember reading this book. I hope to own it again some day. It would be fun to take the some of these pictures and words, mat and frame them, to hang on the walls.
Kathy talks about how she came to write the book. She first wrote “All Cats Have Aspergers” which was a smashing success. People said that if cats have Aspergers then surely dogs have ADHD.
Before writing the book she realized that with all of her education as a teacher she didn’t really understand ADHD. I love that she took the time to do the research about it. Don’t we wish some “experts” did that more before shooting off about ADHD?
I found this video* of someone reading it. I think Tailia has a lovely accent, don’t you? Watch the video and then, BUY THE BOOK! You can get it for the Kindle with 43% off. I have no idea how long that deal will last so take advantage of it soon. You need to buy this book today. In fact, get a couple and give them as gifts!
“All Dogs Have ADHD” by Kathy Hoopman
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