Here is a list of book reviews for “Raising Will: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD”

Markey Olson, Educator Says

Dr. Quie magnificantly encompasses the trials, emotions, and joys of helping children with special needs, both as a parent and as a provider. She makes it easy to empathize and root for her and her son as they figure out the best ways to help him become all he can be and to embrace his strengths in music.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Korie Kahn Says

This book really struck a chord, as I am a special ed teacher and very familiar with ADHD. The struggles that Quie endures are so familiar, yet so debilitating to a lot of parents. As a reader, I laughed with her, cried with her, and got angry for her. The writing and theme of the book are definitely enough to keep the reader hooked.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Author Says

Parenting kids with ADHD is a wild ride.  Luckily, we have stories like Katherine Quie’s Raising Will to be good company, offer useful survival techniques, and give us hope.

—Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, author of Hannah Delivered, winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for regional fiction, Midwest; writing instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis

Dr. Craig Vine, M.D. Says

Thank you, Dr. Quie! After twenty-seven years of practice in psychiatry, Raising Will changed the way I think about ADHD and the family experience. Your honest story is a must-read for anyone impacted by the diagnosis.

—Dr. Craig Vine, M.D., medical director at Psych Recovery, Incorporated; assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Gregory Fabiano, Ph.D. Says

Raising Will is an up-close and personal, deeply honest look at the challenges faced—and triumphs possible—when parenting a child with ADHD. This is a must-read for those who want to learn about the often overlooked, but possibly most important, perspective in the ADHD field—that of the parent.

—Dr. Gregory Fabiano, Ph.D.; professor of counseling, school, and educational psychology at the University of Buffalo; winner of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineer

Pat Pulice, VP of Clinical Quality Says

There are hundreds of books about parenting; while insightful about the ADHD experience, this book is so much more. This story will affirm the experience of any parent. With just the right balance of hope, humor, disappointment, and desperation, Katherine’s Raising Will will show you the ups, downs, and delight of raising an ADHD child.

—Pat Pulice, vice president of clinical quality at Fraser Child and Family Center; winner of the Outstanding Service Award from the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health

Dena Says

I’d have to trust in the process. Diagnosis or not, he’d be the same little boy I’d loved from the very beginning.”

As a mother of a child with Autism and possibly ADHD as well, this book really resonated with me. I loved the author’s honesty about the hardships of raising a child with a behavioral disorder. What impacted me the most was her battles with William’s teachers over the years. My son was fortunate enough to attend a high needs preschool for the past two years, where his teachers followed his IEP to the letter and gave him as much support in the classroom as possible. However, next year he’ll be attending a brand new school and starting Kindergarten and, to be perfectly honest, I’m scared sh*tless. I hope and pray that they work with him to the best of their abilities so that he can perform to the best of his abilities.

Throughout William’s story, I could picture my son doing the exact same things as him – the fear of food, being particular about clothing, rambling on for hours about a subject I know next to nothing about it (in our house Star Wars is life), and the hyperactivity and inability to sit for extended periods. I think that every parent of a child with ADHD should read this book. I learned so much about ADHD and the treatments and therapies available for it, and I highly recommend others read William’s story as well.

My one con was that I felt like the ending was a little rushed, and I kind of wanted a little “this is where William is now” blurb at the end too. I hope that Katherine writes a follow up book and talks about William’s experiences in College since that’s such a massive step for all kids in general, but especially for kids with behavioral disorders.

Dena Jaroszewski (Reviewer) has just edited the review for Raising Will.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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