K. Ellison again

For those who haven’t been paying attention, Katherine Ellison has appeared on multiple media outlets promoting her book, Buzz. She had another entry, this time in the Washington Post yesterday (20 November 2010). Given the recent release of the US Centers for Disease Control prevalence study, this is pretty timely and, award-winning journalist that she is, Ms. Ellison notes the connection in her lead.

As the mother of a teenager who got a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in 2004, I wasn’t surprised to read the new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said the number of ADHD cases in children jumped by 22 percent between 2003 and 2007 – an increase of 1 million kids.

But, she goes on to add lots more good content to her op-ed piece published under the headline “Doing battle with the ADHD-industrial complex.”

She investigated the scams, the shams, and charlatans. She even tried some of them for her son and herself. She reveals some of this in the column. My guess is that there is more in the book.

Has anyone read it? What’s there? What’re your reactions?

Readers might also want to see Ms. Ellison’s Web site.

2 Responses to “K. Ellison again”


  • Yeah, I bought the book and read it and was singularly unimpressed. I was quite unimpressed to realize that so much of the book was about her – that she has ADHD, how SHE feels, how SHE works a lot and has thrilling jobs and loves to go away and jet around and how hard it is for her to come home and spent time with her kid blah blah blah.

    Seriously, there’s a whole market in narcissistic parents talking about themselves under the guise of discussing their kid’s situation.

    I read the whole thing, rolled my eyes, and you can buy it from me for $10 bucks if you want it. Waste of money.

    Furthermore, I found her approach to be utter BS. The fact is that if you have a kid like this you have to suck it up and become BORINGLY CONSISTENT. You have to work with them to set goals and then, the same time every day, work with them to fulfill those goals. Duh.

    IMHO any homeschooling group can give you better stories, from eminently more involved, empathetic, and giving mothers than Ms. Ellison.

    But if she wants to flit in, denigrate every single alternative therapy by talking about only the wackiest and waving her hands wildly, well then … I guess it sells books.

  • Cat, thanks for taking the time to visit and comment.

    I agree that success is more likely when one sets goals and consistently pursues those goals in a systematic fashion. That boring, not-particularly-catchy sort of approach looks pale in comparison with the sexy-intuitive stuff of alternative approaches, but it’s the stuff that research keeps showing produces the long-term benefits. See, for example, the extensive work by the folks (Bill Pelham, Greg Fabiano, Greta Massetti, and many others) at the Buffalo Center for Children and Families.

    Whipping up homegrown programs is usually a recipe for failure; it’s wise to model one’s methods closely after those that have been tested repeatedly. It’s not easy to do these things correctly; effective treatments must be implemented with fidelity. Miraculous changes are quite rare; one must persist for weeks, months, and years.

    I’m glad you made this point, Cat. Thanks for the opportunity to reiterate it.

    And thanks again for visiting LD Blog.

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