Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child's Self-Esteem and Attention

Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child's Self-Esteem and Attention

by Stephen Cowan

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ISBN-13: 9781608820900
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 517,670
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Stephen Scott Cowan, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician specializing in holistic developmental pediatrics who has over twenty years of experience working with children and families. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the AAP section on developmental disabilities, a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and a clinical faculty member at New York Medical College. He has lectured internationally and currently practices in New York.


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Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child's Self-Esteem and Attention 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Dr_Neustaedter More than 1 year ago
What an amazing gem of a book! I call it a gem because, like a diamond or ruby, the deeper you look the more facets and marvels you discover. I have heard Dr. Cowan lecture on the subject of attention problems in children several times. His ability to perceive the nature of each individual child is inspiring, but each time I wanted more clues to the management of their behavior problems. This book provides it all. There are many excellent books about children’s attention problems and ADHD, but none of them provide the unique perspective of Dr. Cowan’s analysis and method. He applies the sophisticated understanding of Chinese medicine to the perplexing pediatric topic of ADHD. In the process he shows that ADHD is really a style of behavior. Each child can be understood through the filter of the five elements of Chinese medicine. Dr. Cowan brings this process alive with case examples and vivid descriptions of the characteristics of each type. Once parents understand which of the five types best describes their child’s behavioral style, then they can apply specific remedial tools to encourage their child’s emotional and spiritual development. This process is not a simple one for parents, but Cowan carefully and sensitively takes parents along the journey of discovery to understand their child through the perspective of the five types and to apply a wide range of interventions best suited to that type. The interventions that Cowan proposes are calculated to bring the individual child’s style into a greater balance and harmony. Although these interventions vary for each type, they have a common thread. All of them provide positive and life affirming activities and environments to encourage that child on the path of healthy development. The activities may include meditation, music, artistic pursuits, board games, martial arts, certain foods, or types of chanting depending on the child’s type. Environments may include more exposure to nature, more direction and structure, or bringing certain types of sounds into the child’s space. Not only does he describe the five children’s types and show the best activities to bring out the strengths of that type of child, he also takes a major leap into the realm of true child development. As a developmental pediatrician, Cowan brings a wealth of understanding to the process of maturation. With the tools and models of Chinese medicine and philosophy he maps out an emotional and spiritual developmental path for each type of child. Although he presents this sophisticated model in simple terms that parents can understand, this application of Chinese medical principles to child development represents a major philosophical breakthrough in developmental pediatrics. Cowan actually maps out the maturation of each type of child in the direction of their higher purpose. This complex understanding of their child will probably require several readings by parents. Over the course of a child’s elementary school years parents will return again and again to reference these sections about their child’s type to further their understanding as their child grows and develops. I would highly recommend this book to every parent who wants to understand their child and help them grow emotionally and spiritually, whether or not they are struggling with attention issues. Similarly, pediatric clinicians and therapists will find in this book a wealth of information to benefit the children in their care.
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spbembbook More than 1 year ago
This book more clearly describes my 13 year old daughter than I, my wife, her doctors and her teachers ever have. Prior to reading this book the best idea as to why my daughter was struggling with “keeping up” came from her psychologist who said, "She has a 130 IQ, and she is complicated." I read this book and immediately identified my own tendencies, as well as those of my wife, my ADHD daughter, and our other two children. I then asked my wife to read the book, without discussing my opinions of the book, and she quickly identified herself, me, our ADHD daughter (her step daughter), as well as those of our other two children. Her thoughts exactly matched mine. Next I asked my ADHD daughter to read the book, again without offering my opinions. She read the entire book is just under 45 minutes. That's the 130 IQ part of her. When I asked her which example she saw herself as, without hesitation she said, "I am a water child." Finally, something she, my wife and I all agree about!!!!!! Now it’s on to helping her find more of her big heart. This book is clarifying and loving read for any parent struggling to understand their "complicated" child.