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JD Hewitt

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Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2010

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  • Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Diane M. Kennedy, Rebecca S. Banks, Temple Grandin
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
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    The future of our society depends on our gifted children - the population in which we’ll find our next Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Virginia Woolf. Yet the gifts and talents of some of our most brilliant kids may never be recognized because these children fall into a group known as twice exceptional, or "2e". Twice exceptional kids are both gifted and diagnosed with a disability - often ADHD or an Autism Spectrum Disorder - leading teachers and parents to overlook the child’s talents and focus solely on his weaknesses. Too often, these children get lost in a cycle of chasing diagnostic labels and are never given the tools to fully realize their potential.

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only those parents with kids in the US school system.....


    Any additional comments?

    Whilst I fully agree with the concept that gifts are more important that disabilities, this book is filled with jargon ONLY applicable to the American school system. What is of value to the rest of the parents who live all over the world, is actually very little. There should be a note on the book that we should not waste money on this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward M. Hallowell, Peter S. Jensen
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Dr. Edward Hallowell - a veteran pediatric psychiatric clinician, best-selling author, and himself a man with attention deficit disorder (ADD) - teams up with Peter S. Jensen, M.D., one of the country's foremost academics on ADD and the father of an ADD child, to present a specific and detailed program for parents to assist their ADD child in finding success, health, and joy. Sure to become an invaluable parenting resource and a classic in ADD literature, this book will help parents unlock the gifts of ADD.

    Nicole says: "Innovative way to communicate with skiddish parent"
    "Excellent reading"
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    Where does Superparenting for ADD rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On this topic, very close to the top.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Finally found somebody to verbalise my feelings.... As a (non-ADD) parent of two ADHD kids (22 years apart), this book has given me an understanding into how the ADD brain functions and why I think my children are brilliant while the teachers struggle to get anything out of them. A very rare and balanced approach to medication vs other treatments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Get Off Your 'But': How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sean Stephenson
    • Narrated By Sean Stephenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In addition to presenting Sean Stephenson's unbelievable life story, Get Off Your "But," offers anyone who needs to conquer fears and insecurities a hands-on guide for overcoming the forces of negativity and self-sabotage. Sean - a successful psychotherapist - shows what it takes to overcome the big bumps in the road, eliminate excuses, end insecurities, and ultimately stand up for happiness and success in life.

    Michael says: "Excellent text on removing excuses in life"
    "Thought provoking to say the least..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. After realising where the "strange" voice came from (sorry Sean) it was absolutely delightful to read this positive take on a barrel full of lemons which turned out to be a very enjoyable, if somewhat tangy, lemonade. The complete absence of self-pity and "preaching holier than thou" in this book was refreshing and inspiring. Many of us believe we have problems but reading this makes you realise you have excuses.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without a doubt the little schoolboy Sean. Refusing to accept that being different makes him special.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Stephenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not but will soon again.


    What did you learn from Get Off Your 'But' that you would use in your daily life?

    Life is full of lovely sweet berries, use it or lose it! Don't wait for tomorrow, others or a higher power to take charge of your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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