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Different Thinkers: ADHD

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I wish that little me could read this book - it covers ADHD in a way that allows kids to read about ADHD in a way that is both educational and creates empathy and understanding for kids with ADHD. Overall every kid should read this book even if they do not have ADHD because it helps them understand more about their friends and loved ones with ADHD and helps those with ADHD understand more about how their brain works.

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I really enjoy this one! I can see it being a great fit for a third or fourth grade student. I love how the book talks about a variety of different ways ADHD can impact individuals. The use of the words "may" or "might" reinforces the overall message of the book that ADHD makes you different and unique. This book could be a really helpful resource to kids because it gives a lot of suggestions about how to improve executive functioning and self-regulation skills.

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I really loved this book. My son's ADHD has become a huge obstacle at home and in school. We are all trying to learn how to manage his uniqueness. He just started Kindergarten and I think this is a perfect book to explore together. I think it will help him feel not so alone and different and also help him understand how his mind and body works. The artwork was so cute too.
Thank you to NetGalley and Boys Town Press Publishing for allowing me to receive an early copy of this book so that I can give my honest feedback and review.

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This was a well-presented overview of what being neurodivergent can mean for children. I think far to often children and parents hear all the traits of ADHD framed in a negative way, and this book does a really great job of explaining in an accessible way how different doesn't mean bad. With the broad spectrum of ADHD it can be difficult to present one view that connects with multiple readers, but the 3 children used to present these differences did a great job of giving kids someone they could connect with. As a teacher who works with all types of learners and a momma to a neurodivergent child who has frequently asked questions about how she processes the world versus how her peers do I loved this simple and helpful book.

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delightful little guide complete with colourful illustrations, helpful prompts, and ample child-friendly explanation of how the different parts of our brains work. I loved how the authors took the time to include diverse examples of ADHD's presentation in children and their gentle approach to addressing the challenges they may face, offering practical solutions for children to cope with their environment all while repeatedly asserting that “different” is not a weakness.

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I found this book very useful and interesting for children themselves, but also for the adults caring for them. As a teacher myself, that was a perspective that I wish I had been given when I was a trainee teacher and there are some tips that I’ll be sure to put into practice.

There are a couple of things that I thought the book could improve on, however. Firstly, the explanation about the different parts of the brain should have been maybe closer to the part where executive functioning is tackled. I know for a fact that if one of my students who has ADHD read this book, they would have already forgotten about that part and would not make the link by themselves.
I would have loved for that section about the brain to be expanded a little bit about what might work differently for a person with ADHD and a person who doesn’t have it.

Secondly, the thing I would have wanted to be emphasized even more was the fact that girls with ADHD often aren’t diagnosed. It’s already amazing that it’s mentioned but I wish the book could have maybe given more advice to girls specifically on that page.

It was overall a nice introduction and the part recommending other books to read on the subject was a great idea. I wish there could be books like these in every single classroom or school library.

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This book was very well written and the illustrations make it very accessible for children. As an adult who struggles with inattentive ADHD and a parent to a child who also has difficulty in these areas, I felt like the book zoned in on some of our struggles and gave concrete solutions at a level that children can understand. I highly recommend this book for caregivers, therapists, schools and libraries.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for giving me this eArc to review..

This is a nice little book that helps explain adhd and how it's okay to have it. I think this will help children understand ADHD and also themeselves

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This book is a kid-friendly introduction to ADHD, in a manner that children can relate to. The illustrations are warm and happy, and parts of the brain and its functions are clearly explained. I think relating the children's personal stories will help some children experiencing ADHD or symptoms of to not feel so alone. I also liked that the author included prompts for young readers to write their personal observations down, both their positive qualities and the more difficult situations. I would recommend this book to parents with children recently diagnosed with ADHD.

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A nice resource book for families and classrooms. Usable for kids and adults, with great examples for kids to see themselves in and questions for caregivers at the end.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

I really appreciate how this book clearly tells about how brains work and what ADHD is in very simple language. It will make it easier for children to understand and begin to learn about ADHD.

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I am not a kid but this book was very interesting to me as I have always considered if I myself may have ADHD. Them pointing out different situations that might be harder for people with ADHD really highlighted that I may in fact possibly have ADHD. I also found that them explaining different parts of your brain and other areas that are considered ADHD was really interesting and taught me new things I didn't know! I think this book would be very interesting and would help a lot of people understand ADHD.

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This book was extremely helpful for me, the mother to an eight year old with ADHD. I don’t personally understand, so the book gave me knowledge on how my daughter thinks/how her brain works. It was super helpful and I would absolutely recommend.
Thank you NetGalley for my ARC

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4 ⭐️

I really appreciate this book because it acknowledges that girls can have ADHD as well as the more commonly diagnosed boys. As a woman who wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until later in life, I think having one of the three characters be a girl will help open some eyes.

I appreciate the book listing out quite a few situations that can be more difficult for those with ADHD as so many people are keen to believe only the stereotypical symptoms and miss other hardships.

I would have liked more information about the brain, specifically, what may be different about an ADHD brain as opposed to a non-ADHD brain.

In all this is a good introduction for young children who have been diagnosed with ADHD to start understanding what their diagnosis encompasses.

**Thank you, NetGalley and Boys Town Press Publishing for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.**

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I'll give this 3 out of 5 stars. The beginning 9f the book was not explained in a way I believe a kid would understand. There are very few real tips to help a kid navigate ADHD. But it does explain, in a way kids can understand, what ADHD is. I think this might help adults who don't understand what kids with ADHD are going through. Thank you Netgalley and Boys Town Press Publishing for the DRC. I'm choosing to leave an honest review.

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This is a well written, well informed and well illustrated book. I could see how much effort everyone in the team has put to bring out this book.

From the brain parts and their functions to the different ways different kids perceive things have been shown with the best possible explanations a child can understand. The illustrations are minimal in a way that it would not overwhelm the reader. I find this really helpful.

We are still ignorant about a lot of things when it comes to ADHD in kids.

This guide book is quite child friendly that would make them understand the misconceptions regarding the condition. A very helpful guide indeed.

Thank you, authors and the publisher Boys Town Press Publishing, for the advance reading copy.

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I really like this book! I think it’s a great, empathic yet scientific way to explain a diagnosis of ADHD to kids. It shows great examples and makes things easy to understand. I think this book would be a great addition to the library of any family affected by ADHD. I received a free copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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This book has good things about it and a few things that could be improved.
The good:
- the illustrations are delightful, and the characters that are introduced are fun to read about. The illustration of a character playing Legos on the floor was amusing and reminded me of my childhood favorite picture book.
- The text is mostly written on a level that's appropriate for children.
- Portions of the book, including some discussion questions, focus on the positive side of ADHD.
- The inattentive type character is described as confused by the mismatch between how she feels in school and how she is praised for her intelligence.

Could be improved:
- since ADHD is underdiagnosed in girls, it would be nice to introduce another girl character to balance out the two boys that represent hyperactive and combined types of ADHD.
- the section that offers advice for living with ADHD tends to offer advice that is phrased like "my teacher does so-and-so for me", which isn't really advice a kid can take. If the best tips really do have to involve help from teachers, phrasing it like "ask your teacher to do so-and-so" would be more useful.
- the advice that the kids can actually do themselves revolves around things that kids with ADHD struggle to do in the first place, like going to bed on time or forgeting to eat, or having the motivation to do boring stuff like packing your backpack at 8 pm instead of 30 seconds before leaving the house.
- if the book defines "executive functioning", why not define hyperfocus? ADHDers' ability to laser focus on stuff that is interesting for hours is not discussed enough, and that leads to a lot of missed diagnoses.
- it's unclear that the brain anatomy section achieves anything useful. Labelling one part with "executive function happens here!" many pages before executive function is defined was a poor choice.
- I would like to see a discussion of reading challenges (perhaps contrasted with reading easily when the subject matter is interesting) as part of the symptoms.
- the text on each page is formatted like a big block, with no breaks. That might be a challenge for a child with ADHD to embark on or to pay attention all the way through.

Rating: 3.5 stars, rounded up. Important topic covered with amusing illustrations, but lacking some nuance and helpfulness when it comes to advice at gives to kids.

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I give this book 4.5 stars. As an adult with ADHD this book would have been a dream to have as a kid when neither my parents nor I understood what was going on. I like the activities that are a great change of pace for someone with ADHD reading the book. I think the authors did a fantastic job explaining the difficulties of ADHD. I do wish they had gone into the way ADHD can make you think differently and therefore give you a few "perks" like being able to think outside the box or becoming an expert on topics that you are interested in. Overall I think it was still fantastic.

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