Connor didn't have too many problems before he started school. That is, if you don't count the little things, like the time he tried to mow the lawn with his dad's riding mower (he ruined the engine when he poured oil in the gas tank); or the time he dressed up like Santa Claus and tried to go down the chimney of the backyard brick barbeque (he got stuck and the fire department had to come pull him out); or the experiment he conducted on the family beagle to see if she liked Tabasco sauce on her dog food (the vet threatened to call the ASPCA).
The real trouble didn't start until Connor began kindergarten. The notes started coming home with Connor on his very first day. They said things like: "Does not play well with others," "Is disruptive in class," and "Teacher requests conference with parents." Every day that Connor brought home another note-which was most days-his parents looked a little grayer and a little more tired. Connor couldn't seem to sit still or pay attention; and all too often, his impulsiveness led to inappropriate behavior.
Though his parents do not know it yet, Connor has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is an increasingly common diagnosis for school-age and preschool children today. The debate over diagnosis and treatment of symptoms is intense. In Stuck on Fast Forward: Youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, you will learn about the many sides of this common and controversial condition. Along the way, you will read more about Connor and how he and his family learn to live with the challenges of ADHD.
Table of Contents
Getting to Know Connor 11
Totally Black 57
Finding Answers 75
Further Reading 120
For More Information 122