This is the twenty-first in a series of brief posts during October — global ADHD Awareness Month. Each features a quote that relates to ADHD and neurodiversity. ​​​​​​

Children with significant attentional problems may have never experienced a sense of calm in the flow of information coming from different receptors; instead they may have become accustomed to internal chaos as their norm, and their behavior has mirrored that. Until they actually experience a state of calm, they can’t know what it is. Once they have experienced it, the next step is to help them develop the self-awareness to recognize when they need to calm themselves and how to do it. 

– Dr. Stuart Shanker,  Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life

Dr. Shanker’s book is, as you might infer from the title, focused on children. But the learnings from this book are equally applicable to adults.

In the introduction to the book we read, “Self-Reg is a five-step method for (1) recognizing when a child is overstressed; (2) identifying and then (3) reducing his stressors; (4) helping him become aware of when he needs to do this for himself; and (5) helping him to develop self-regulating strategies.”

We could apply the same five steps to ourselves. There is a wealth of wisdom for all ages in this book!

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