ADHD and Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table

ADHD and Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table


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ADHD and Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table by Blake E. S. Taylor

Blake Taylor's mother first suspected he had ADHD when he, at only three years of age, tried to push his infant sister in her carrier off the kitchen table. As time went by, Blake developed a reputation for being hyperactive and impulsive. He launched rockets (accidentally) into neighbor's swimming pools and set off alarms in museums. Blake was diagnosed formally with ADHD when he was five years old. In ADHD and Me, he tells about the next twelve years as he learns to live with both the good and bad sides of life with ADHD.

Blake's memoir offers, for the first time, a young person's account of what it's like to live and grow up with this common condition. Join Blake as he foils bullies, confronts unfair teachers, struggles with distraction and disorganization on exams, and goes sailing out-of-bounds and ends up with a boatload of spiders. It will be an inspiration and companion to the thousands of others like him who must find a way to thrive with a different perspective than many of us. The book features an introduction by psychologist Lara Honos-Webb, author of The Gift of ADHD, and a leading advocate for kids with ADHD.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572245228
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 02/02/2008
Series: Unassigned Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 302,879
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Blake E. S. Taylor, a first-year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, is the youngest person to write about living with ADHD. At seventeen years of age, he wrote his memoir ADHD and Me. Taylor is a a national advocate for young people with the condition.

Taylor has appeared on’s Young People Who Rock, National Public Radio, and San Francisco’s ABC7 News, FOX Mornings at 2, CBS 5 Bay Area People, KCBS NewsRadio with Rebecca Corral. He has been featured by the Associated Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in a cover story in ADDitude magazine. His book, currently in its fourth printing, has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Dutch, and Polish.

Read Blake's blog at

Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, is a worldwide attention deficit disorder (ADD) expert, and offers ADD coaching. She is a clinical psychologist and author of The Gift of ADHD, The Gift of ADHD Activity Book, The Gift of Adult ADD, The ADHD Workbook for Teens, and Listening to Depression. She has published more than twenty-five scholarly articles. Learn more about her work at

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ADHD and Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Christine-Boston More than 1 year ago
The text along the top of the cover promises a book that is, among other things, brilliant, engaging and funny. It is a first person account of ADHD from the point of view of a 17 year old boy. It is concise, clearly written, full of coping tips and explanations about the illness, interwoven with stories from when the author was younger. He explains why he did did the things he did. I just read "The Quiet Room", a first person view of schizophrenia. The author detailed her inner most feelings, thoughts, emotions, pain and actions. I felt like I learned about the illness by being with her. It was fascinating. I also enjoyed "Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's" which offers a similar experience. This is book is more for people who want to understand and cope with the illness in general.
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qzlynne More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Blake Taylor for sharing these stories. My son was diagnosed at the age of 3, but showed signs and has had difficulties since the age of 4 months. We have struggled for 8 years, trying to understand "Why does he do that?? He knows it upsets people" and "Cant you just sit down for 5 minutes?" I cried and cried after reading the first several stories, just realizing what he has been going through. Very enlightening. It has changed every aspect of how I approach problems and react to his impulses and high energy. It has changed my life and my relationship with my sons. I bought a copy for every family member and his teachers!
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ParentsDigest_Pam More than 1 year ago
Many of my friends have children with ADHD, and I never felt like I fully understood it. After reading this book, I feel like I have a grasp on how to handle the ADHD that many people around me deal with. Definitely a worthy read.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me understand my own 17 year old son who has ADhD. I think the hardest thing for anyone to understand about a child with ADhD is the fact that what makes that child so different than the other kids is NOT the hyperactivity, BUT the way they think. A child with ADhD does not think the way an average child thinks. This book helps you get inside the head of a teenager with ADhD and understand what he was thinking. Very well written and I highly recommend everyone who knows someone with ADhD to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! This book gave me a whole new perspective of ADHD. It helped me view some of my son's behaviors so differently. I additional purchased two more books. One to be passed to his teachers every year, and another for friends and family. I highly recommend the same for other familes that have ADHD in their loved ones.