From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.
Organizing books fall short of addressing the unique needs of adults with ADD. They fail to understand the clinical picture of ADD and how it impacts the organizing process, often making their advice irrelevant or frustrating when put into practice. Books about ADD may address organization/disorganization but do so in a cursory fashion and on a very small scale. This is a book that has ADD-friendly advice with the ADD-er in mind. This collaboration brings forth the best underlying understanding with the most effective and practical remedy from ADD experts in two important fields: professional organization and clinical psychology. Finally, it offers organizing advice that ranges from self-help to using the help of non-professionals or professional assistance. Thus it permits the listener to decide where they are personally in the organizing process and what level of support will be most beneficial to their unique situation.
©2002 Judith Kolberg and Kathleen G. Nadeau (P)2012 Tantor
I am halway through the book and already I am going back and forth to re-read important passages. I am an adult who has just discovered that he has ADD (about eight weeks ago) and this book helps in the reorganization of my entire life in a way that finaly makes sense and at the same time reduces the anxiety resulting by this way of thinking and working by letting me know that I am not alone. Examples are numerous and relatable covering a great deal of ADD types and variations. The descriptions of everyday life situation and how others have live throught them to emerge more efficient in a way that makes alot more sense to them and to me than the one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter way in which regular books about self-organizing tend to promote.So far, the techniques and approaches covered in the book are based on a "take what works for you" philosophy which takes out the stress inducing "it worked for everyone else, why not for me" way of doing things usual in other organization books. I've heard ADD described somewhere as being a beaver living in a world of Squirels. You Don't climb trees very well prefering to build a dam and create a pond. Your tails isn't fluffy in any way and you don't even like eating nuts. This work fits this description of the ADD life and it offers advice for beavers and not for squirels. The book plays to the strenghts of the ADD way of thinking and offers ways to go around the obstacles that can trip up the ADD-er in his or her quest to finally get organized and efficient.I would most certainly recommend the book to anyone who's had difficulty with organization in general and in particular to adults living with ADD.
Description of the different ways in which ADD-ers go through life and how to surmount difficulties with ADD-friendly methods.
Maybe. I have read the reviews before buying this book and many people criticized the interpretation of Lisa Renée Pitts but I bought it anyway.Lets face it, this is a textbook, not a novel. I do not need nor expect a stellar performance by the narator, I need the information in the book I mean try to be entertaining while reading recipes in a cookbook. Also, after listening to a couple of samples from other books she narated in which the style of reading is completely different, I cannot help but think that the performance might have been purposefuly directed this way in order to keep ADD listeners from wandering off as some of us tend to do. This is just conjuncture and speculations of course, but it kind of makes sense.In any case, don't let the momments about the narator keep you from the valuable information in this book.
I will set up an external support system recruiting family and friends to help build and maintain a structure in my new ADD life.
Very useful book, worth the price or the credits.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
I just moved, and i found that this book has been extremely helpful in planning the move and organizing after I moved. It gave me some very good ways to grasp the issues I needed to deal with. Thank you very much for writing this book.
I have gained a lot of insight from reading this book. I struggle with organization on a daily basis. This book discusses organizing strategies with an ADHD brain in mind. This is very useful. In my life, I have set up about a gazillion organizing systems which fail almost immediately because they're too complicated to keep up with, or they require me to constantly be mindful of my system. This is, I'll admit it, impossible for me. The techniques in this book seem far more doable and I will be experimenting with them.
On another note: The reader, Lisa Renee Pitts, is very good. The review mentioning ebonics is completely untrue. Pitts speaks with excellent diction. I don't know what the agenda of that reviewer was, but in my opinion these statements are not only invalid and unfair, they're inappropriate.
It's clear that these authors understand the ADD mind. Just in the first real chapter I've gotten my money's worth, and there's lots more to go.
Don't think that the first part of the book is really what the book reads like. That's a forward from someone else, but it's not clear at first. There's a bunch of intro stuff. Stick with it and you'll be happy.
Some people have mentioned that the narrator is poor and puts the emphasis on the wrong words, etc. Not true. While it's clear that she's reading and she could be more animated, it's just an accent that you're hearing, not bad reading. This accent works to her advantage, because it lets me visualize a friendly neighbor lady talking to me, not some doctor-type that can't relate.
I felt I had to put a review on here ASAP because a couple of the reviews almost made me not buy the audiobook, and when I looked at the kindle version, the intro parts made it look like a boring book.
Give this book a chance and you'll love it. This book comes highly recommended by the author of Driven to Distraction, and also now by me.
over all spot on target. Really helped me to see how I could put some things into place to help myself stay in the right level of focus.
This book seems promising. Ill review when finished. I have fibromyalgia and figured this may help address similar issues. But as listening they are talking to me.
I want to adress some points that some reviews made about this narrator. I find her really good. I DISAGREE with some remarks made but one review was actually offensive. I have lived in many places and while the narrarator has an accent she is articulate and her voice is pleasant. I really use reviews to choose books I really debated rather to get this glad I went ahead.
The only thing not great about this book is the narrator. The tips are great and remarkably tactical. Each one I've put into practice have made my life easier and my weaknesses less relevant.
This reminds me a lot of Delivered from Distraction, with a greater focus on life application versus understanding and appreciation of ADD.
The narrator speaks as if she's reading a spoken word poem at times and at other times it sounds as if she has a lisp. Anyone could have read this more naturally.
I have such a hard time recommending this audiobook- simply because it was so painful to listen to. However, I do love the tips it gave, I'm just not sure if it's worth fighting the narrator for them.
The content has some very good ideas on how to organize a very disorganized life. I've implemented some of them in my every day life and it works; but, I have to be disciplined about it. This book is a good beginning.
The constant pausing and emphasis on random words was very distracting. Once you notice it, that's all you're looking for. I was curious to hear what else she had read and took a peek at her website. She has a number of books that she has read for and most, if not all, are afrocentric in there content--she does not list this book (ADD Friendly Ways...). She is a great character reader; however, this book was not a good fit for her.
Bravo to those folks who thought the reading of this book was good. I believe that most will not have the same experience.
I changed some ways that I conduct my everyday life. I did not have a great life changing moment as a result of this book. It's more of a reference book with some practical ideas.
The book is poorly structured to be an audio book, some ideas are useful but there's no way to organize the information without taking notes. I think it may be more helpful as a reference book than as a listen.
Nothing. I'm done with Audible.
Aside from the lack of structure to the book as an audio media, her (seemingly) forced pronunciation, timing, and tone made it even more difficult to listen to.
I had higher hopes for the information in this book, but it's just a re-hash of any other self-help organizer. The ADHD parts are few and far between.
One of two great ADD must have books/audios. Uses real life situations to demonstrate each issue then gives good suggestions on how to deal with or correct the issue. Tremendous help for me.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content