And the Winner is... US!

Garden City Park, New York: Square One is proud to announce that it has won another Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) announced at their annual awards ceremony during their Publishing University event (held this year in Portland, Oregon).

ADHD & The Focused Mind (Square One, $17.95 USD) is the book that brought home the gold for Square One in the “Best Parenting & Family Issues” category; no coincidence, given the book’s central emphasis on the same focus and self-discipline that Olympic medal-winning legend Michael Phelps was taught by his mother, Deborah, when he was diagnosed with ADHD as a young boy. Twenty-two Olympic medals and thirty-nine broken world records in swimming later, it seems safe to say that Phelps’ life and incredible level of achievement to date has been served wonderfully well by this important and child-specific approach.

Written by husband-and-wife MDs (Sarah Cheyette, MD and Ben Cheyette, MD, PhD) who joined forces with martial arts master instructor Peter Johnson, ADHD & The Focused Mind is designed specifically to help explain for readers the core basics of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), including its common signs and what researchers have discovered about it. The book’s remaining chapters detail the components of the authors’ own program for dealing with ADHD, including its principles, its goals, and the practical ways in which these goals can be achieved. The authors recognize that all children are different, so the program has the flexibility to work within a child’s own particular comfort level while still attaining the necessary level of focus. The book then concludes with a discussion of medications for ADHD, and how to decide what’s right for your child.

To date, ADHD & the Focused Mind has received critical praise from Publishers Weekly (“[A] fresh and practical approach . . . [p]arents and kids will plenty of useful ideas in this innovative, ‘athletic mindset’ approach to tackling ADHD”) and Library Journal (“Filled with resources and further reading to assist parents, teachers, and coaches, this manual will aid those with ADHD to learn to hone their attention skills in ways that will be familiar to those who enjoy and participate in sports”).

Summer may now be in full swing, but the next new school year will be here before we know it. Feel free to order a copy of this award-winning book today wherever books are sold.

Focus Guaranteed

We were asked on a radio show about supplements and pills. However, no one supplement and no one pill is guaranteed to help ADHD.  There IS, though, one thing that is DEFINITELY guaranteed to help with focus.  It's a champion's winning attitude. This is what we try to give you in our book!  Any time you have the "YES I CAN" attitude, that ALWAYS helps you focus on the task at hand.

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Competition--use it to make yourself better

Now that the Olympics are in full swing, it's a great example of people pushing to be their best.  Records are broken at the Olympics as the best in the world push each other to higher heights.  Our book is the only ADHD book that talks about using the value of competition to better yourself. We all compete against others--and against our own best self--and that can be a positive force. Competition for the wrong reasons doesn't work well, but competition that pushes you to be better can be powerful. Just because you win doesn't mean other people have to lose.  The rising tide of competition can lift all boats.  Learn how!



What a race!!

What a race!!

Action, not Reaction

ADHD can be a journey to self respect and accomplishment. If not, it's about self doubt. If you can develop a center of yourself where you have confidence in your abilities, you can step up to the bat, go for the bucket, knock in the goal, or throw the punch. Without that center, you react to whatever comes your way with anxiety. On the ropes, you are hoping no one hits you. Then many will turn to anything that takes that feeling away. Exercise is a great way to build a feeling of accomplishment and the power that comes with that. Put the gloves ON!


Play to Win--Sometimes

In some situations, you might "just play" for fun. In other situations, you play to win. That means you give it your all, and do what it takes to excel. It's the difference between saying "I play soccer" and "I am a soccer player." It's also the difference between saying "I go to school," and "I am a student." Focus is naturally sharpened when you decide to play to win. Go for it!



When things seem impossible...

Remember that when things are hard, it takes complete dedication to do anything.  Setting goals with your child academically is the same thing as setting goals as an athlete.   But it takes hard work.   Anything is possible, but it will take setting goals and renewing goals.  By setting goals, you will make your attention span better.

You can do it!