Seven-year-old Venus Fox never spoke, never listened, never even acknowledged the presence of another human being in the room with her. Yet an accidental playground “bump” would release a rage frightening to behold. The school year that followed would be one of the most trying, perplexing, and ultimately rewarding of Torey Hayden’s career, as she struggled to reach a silent child in obvious pain. It would be a strenuous journey beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and darkened by truly terrible revelations—yet encouraged by sometimes small, sometimes dazzling breakthroughs—as a dedicated teacher remained committed to helping a “hopeless” girl, and patiently and lovingly leading her toward the light of a new day.
Nine-year-old Cassandra, kidnapped by her father and found starving, dirty, and picking through garbage cans—is a child prone to long silences and erratic, violent behavior.
Charming, charismatic four-year-old Drake will speak only in private to his mother—while his tough, unbending grandfather's demands for an immediate cure threatens to cause irreparable harm.
And though she had never worked with adults, Hayden agrees to help fearful and silent eighty-two-year-old massive stroke victim Gerda—discovering in the process that a treatment's successes could prove nearly as heartbreaking as its limitations.
Smart but Stuck offers 15 true and compelling storiesabout intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten "stuck"at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of theirADHD. Dr. Brown highlights the often unrecognized role thatemotions play in this complex disorder. He explains why even verybright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well onsome tasks that interest them, but often can't focus adequately onother important tasks and relationships.The first book to explain and illustrate the crucial role ofemotions in the daily functioning of those living with ADHDBrown, Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention& Related Disorders, is an internationally known authority onADHD
Drawing on the latest research findings, the book describesstrategies and treatments for getting "unstuck" to move on to amore rewarding and productive life.