What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?: Social Skills Help for Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Focusing on social skills training for adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD), this book offers solutions for tackling behavior that is often inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. Advice is given on how to handle common social problems such as manners, etiquette, communication, subtext, listening, and interpersonal relationships. The format of the book is designed for AD/HD learning styles and includes true stories, practical exercises, and tips that keep those with AD/HD reading. Adults with AD/HD learn how to identify behaviors in themselves that can cause problems in social relationships.
Good, but some important issues left unaddressed.
By A Kid's Review - July 14, 2006
The basic premise of this book comes from the idea from Fulgham's book that "all we know we learned in kindergarten". Novotni interprets these kindergarten skills as basic social skills, which most ADDers didn't pick up on in their early years, perhaps because they were too busy running around and breaking things, or daydreaming too much.
I'm sure there is truth in this. However, the author ignores the fact that for many with ADD, there are also reasons behind their seemingly odd, socially inappropriate behaviours that extend beyond the "just wasn't paying attention" line. Other issues that many folks with ADD contend with, such as sensory defensive and sometimes perceptual difficulties/learning disabilities, have an impact on their ability to socialise as NTs (Neuro-typicals) do.
A good example of this can be seen in the treatment of the section on eye-contact. We are told of the importance of effective eye-contact. I have known of the importance my culture... read more
This is so real, so clear, and so helpful!
By A Customer - March 22, 2002
There are so many clinical books about AD/HD, but this book is different. It goes behind the diagnosis, treatment and struggles to talk about an often missed area of problem...the social skills area. Without addressing this, the person continues to function without knowing how he comes across in the world. Even the brightest person can alienate others in the social settings and work settings too. I also love the very emotional book of The Other Me, Poetic thoughts on ADD for adults, kids and parents, by Fellman. It touched my heart so...I cried for all those painful times. Thanks to these two authors for addressing the feelings of ADD!
How can you ever TEACH the rules if no one taught you?
By A Customer - July 19, 2000
As an ADD parent of an ADD child, I found the book enlightening. It opened my eyes to things I do sometimes, and the social consequences. I also see things that my children do. With suggestions from this book I now have tools to help myself and in turn, help them. I liked that it gave examples of the right words to say, which is sometimes a problem for me.
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