HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: I’m Bored! What’s Next?: Understanding Childhood ADHD
Authors: Eric Unruh and Gary Unruh
Publisher: Lighthouse Love Productions LLC, 2015
Related website: http://www.BoredNext.com
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Suitable for everyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Unruh, Eric, and Unruh, Gary. I’m Bored! What’s Next?: Understanding Childhood ADHD (published in 2015 by Lighthouse Love Productions LLC, 7680 Goddard St., Suite 215, Colorado Springs, CO 80920). What is ADHD? The acronym stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which is a very controversial subject. Some say that it is over-diagnosed while others feel that it isn’t. After describing “A Day in the Life of” a ten year old ADHD boy named Chad, authors Eric Unruh, a licensed clinical social worker with 18-plus years experience in public schools as well as various clinical mental health settings for children, and Gary Unruh, a child and family mental health counselor for over forty years, both of whom have been diagnosed with ADHD themselves, explain that there is much more to childhood ADHD than simply inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. What are the effects of having ADHD? And what can be done about it? I am certainly not an expert on ADHD, but I believe that this book will be very beneficial to anyone who has it or has to deal with it.
When I was planning speakers for our local homeschooling conference, there was always a lot of interest in this topic. The authors argue that it’s not really productive to dispute about over-diagnosis or under-diagnosis of ADHD. Rather, they give nineteen core descriptors of what ADHD really is and offer a few simple but concrete suggestions for parents and teachers to help children cope with it. And they do this without getting sidetracked by the issue of using medication. Their two-fold conclusion is that there is nothing wrong with an ADHD child, and “inattention” and “hyperactivity” don’t truly describe an ADHD child. Deliberately written to be an easy, affordable, quick read for parents, teachers, relatives, or others interested in understanding what childhood ADHD is all about, I’m Bored! What’s Next? is intended to assist people to see what is ADHD in a positive way and to understand it better.