Would You Teach A Fish To Climb A Tree? A Different Take on ADD, ADHD, OCD and Autism

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Would You Teach A Fish To Climb A Tree? 

A Different Take on Kids with ADD, ADHD, OCD, and Autism. 

authors: Anne Maxwell, LCSW

Gary M. Douglas

and Dr.  Dain Heer


Originally, what first caught my interest on wanting to read this book was the title of the book. Personally, I found this book to be very informative, even if I didn’t agree on everything written in it. I certainly agree on one thing, how those with autism and ADHD  are unique individuals that fall into a category all their own. Being one of them, I didn’t need this book to tell me I am unique and different in a good way, however, what this book did help me with was confirming what I already knew.

There are a whole lot of X-men in my family, too numerous to name here. Like many with ADD/ADHD, I have struggled to fit in all my life and have had people look at me differently. One theory in the book I really connected with is how us ADD/ADHD’ers have minds that are always rushing. Personally, I have my days where my thoughts are moving so fast that it causes me to be more anxious, while other days I am better able to control and calm myself. Just as with autism, I feel those with ADD/ADHD have their good days and bad, while normally are more stressed due to their environment and trying to fit into this world. Another connection for me in this book is in regards to my thought process. Something I knew before reading this book is how I have always been ahead of people during conversations, which often times has me missing out on what the person is saying. This is often labeled as a lack of concentration, when instead it is just the ADD’er thinking ahead.

I would have given “Would You Teach A Fish To Climb A tree?,” five stars if not for the clinical format which I found difficult to follow. This is something the authors of this book should have taken into consideration had they given any thought that some people with ADHD would be reading this book. Otherwise, this book is very informative and thought provoking and includes exercises, tools, and helpful questions to allow the reader to explore the concepts provided. I totally recommend this book to anyone who may struggle with any one of the disorders this book addresses, or have a loved one who does.

I gave this book a 4****Star Review.


Would You Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree? A Different Take on Kids with ADD, ADHD, OCD and Autism provides us with a refreshing and new perspective on these children who are so different from their peers. Co-authored by three practitioners who have had remarkable success working with them, this book is filled with practical tools, stories, observations, and life changing questions that can be used by anyone who has one of these kids in their life and who is looking for something different. These children are magical and you are sure to fall in love with many of them. There are many magical adults as well … those who are willing to step beyond what so many experts in the field advocate, into what they actually know to be effective with the children. Parents and siblings and relatives; teachers and therapists and administrators; peers and loved ones and friends … all will benefit from this groundbreaking book.

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Access Consciousness Publishing Company
  • Date Published: February 14, 2014

Where to purchase. 

Would You Teach A Fish To Climb A Tree? A Different Take On Kids With ADD, ADHD, OCD, and Autism is available for purchase online at amazon.com.




A copy of this book was provided to facilitate this review. A thank you goes out to Access Consciousness Publishing Company for sharing this opportunity.

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  1. Tammy S says

    This sounds like it would be a good book. When it comes to this subject, I think you have to take bits and pieces from all the books you read. There is not one perfect book because each person that has ADHD or Autisim is different.

  2. Angela S says

    This does sound like a book everyone could benefit from reading. I think most of us have someone in our lives or knows someone who is affected by ADD, ADHD, OCD or Autism.

  3. says

    Although there’s always going to be room for improvement, I’m grateful that education is embracing that not all learners are the same. This sounds like a great book, and I know quite a few friends that love the recommendation.
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