The Adventures of Phoebe Flower: Stories of a Girl with ADHD Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings

"Any young girl can relate to Phoebe's adventures. Barbara Roberts does a great job of showing us all the different subtle symptoms of ADHD, many we overlook. She shows how kids living with ADHD really do have the best of intentions.
If only we all took the time to really hear what our kids are saying to us. Instead, we react to the behavior instead of responding to the reasons for the behavior. Most of all, Phoebe shows us it is ok to see the world differently than everyone else.
Great book to read with your daughter. Opens up discussion about ADHD with your child who has or will be diagnosed with ADHD. Also great to use to explain it to siblings. Awesome tool for teachers to use to explain differences and acceptance of everyone's uniqueness!
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"Oh ADHD, the highly-heritable difference that is so at odds with the regimented world.

Like Phoebe's mother, I was a bright but unfocused student who never quite achieved what I should academically. I wasn't hyperactive (except for my occasional excessive talkativeness) and other than the talking, I rarely disturbed the classroom. Because society did not yet understand what ADHD might look like in girls, my failings were attributed to bad choices and character traits.

Phoebe's story starts the same way, only she is also hyperactive and impulsive. Her adventures are humorous and frustrating and very relatable. Each section of the book starts with small struggles that turn into larger challenges which are always resolved by character growth and support from Phoebe's friends, family, and school.

I picked this up for my own daughter, who is beginning to despair of her own chronic disorganization and difficulty regulating her attention. Her struggles aren't as dramatic as Phoebe's, but between home and school, it's enough that she will be evaluated in the near future. I'm so glad that she'll be able to read a realistic story about a girl her age going through similar problems, with adults who run the gamut from negatively mis-attributing her motives to being sympathetic and understanding. ADHD isn't treated like a deficit, but a difference, and Pheobe eventually gets the support she need (better structure at home, visual aids in the classroom, therapy, tutoring, and eventually, medicine). Her personality doesn't wildly change once she starts her meds, and she gains self confidence once she's better able to channel her energy and direct her focus.
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