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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

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Fire Child, Water Child is a revolutionary guide to parenting a child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that does not rely on medication or pathologizing your child’s challenges. This method, created by pediatrician and ADHD specialist Stephen Scott Cowan, helps you identify your child’s unique focusing style—wood, fire, earth, metal, or water—and calm ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by New Harbinger Publications
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Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stephen Cowan takes a very holistic approach to ADHD in this book, drawing from a variety of scientific and philosophical sources to build a framework for understanding and supporting five major personality types. Each type corresponds to an element (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) that represents a person's most basic tendencies. According to Cowan, those tendencies become distractions when we're feeling threatened and insecure, particularly in situations that are contrary to our nature.

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Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This book examines the connection children and their personalities have with Chinese medicine and its labeling of the Five Phases - related to nature: Water/Winter, Wood/Spring, Fire/Summer, Earth/Harvest, and Metal/Autumn. Each have particular characteristics and help to explain the ways that we respond to our environment. Of particular concern is how to aid the child diagnosed as ADHD and his/her parents and teachers. The author is a developmental pediatrician and advocates the use of alternat ...more
Amy Hyde
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting if you are really into holistic child raising. It describes the 5 kinds of children (or people like me) and the sign they are -earth, fire,wood, metal and water. When you discover this you can treat your child with holistic healing instead of medicine. I have to say - the different signs were extremely accurate to my 2 boys who show signs of ADHD (But who doesn't?) The one I worry about is a water sign and the different scents and oils might be something interesting to try since ...more
Andd Becker
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some parents of an attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) child will take the time to categorize their child and diagnose the child as fire, wood, earth, metal, or water personality type.
The author recommends reducing the time an ADHD child spends eating in front of the TV set. This will improve the child's attention span.
Some parents of a young ADHD child will administer off-label stimulant medications. Off-label refers to drugs used without FDA approval.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Aside from references to Eastern philosophy, I found this book to be quite fascinating! I learned a lot about temperament, social inclination, and response to stress based on classifying personality/temperament according to the elements.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When you look past the ADHD label, this is a book for both children and adults. I especially appreciate the examples of how Cowan puts the Chinese Law of the Five Elements in to action. I've used this book to inquire into my child's behaviors and actions as well as my own.
Jackie Ray
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was very helpful in understanding how ADHD looks in different personalities, how to nourish the different personalities of ADHD, and how to challenge and develop a child with ADHD. I am glad I read it.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I use this for my line of work which is food as medicine. This book is incredibly helpful in its holistic approach.
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Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Great resource for parents whether you think you child has ADHD or not.
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Recommended by my acupucturist in 2013, I finally bought a copy of it and read part of it on vacation at the end of the year.
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