Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir

Audrey R. Jones and Larry A. Jones, MD

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The ENABLE TABLES are erected in families dilemma-by-dilemma, fueled by low frustration tolerance of school, work, and relationship problems. Helping is part of our DNA, but we do not properly identify and seek treatment for the underlying diagnosis, ADHD. The more we help and protect we become addicted to the action, but the enabled suffer the consequences including substance abuse, legal difficulties, and literally:

FALLING THROUGH THE CEILING: OUR ADHD FAMILY MEMOIR

 

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Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir
, is a poignant book about the challenges encountered by both parents and children as they cope with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The authors, Audrey and Larry Jones, provide a sensitive, knowledgeable, and often humorous account of the obstacles inherent in raising children with ADHD.  They describe their personal journey, from dating to marriage to parenthood and grandparenthood.

Although they put their experience in the context of every family’s aspirations, they also highlight the unique experiences of Black American families who are navigating the complex process of coming to terms with ADHD.

The authors take the reader through the early childhood years, when ADHD can result in academic frustrations and often dramatic childhood pranks. They then move on through adolescence and young adulthood, when, for youth with ADHD, the launch into independence can be fraught with more than the average obstacles.

As the authors tell their family’s story, each of them stops along the way to reflect on the personal impact of the children’s challenges and to share their perspective’s on how they might have handled things differently.  This book will be an inspiration for the thousands of families who are confronted with ADHD.


Elaine F. Walker, Ph.D.

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Director, Mental Health and Development Program Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322

 

Topics Covered In The Book

Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir, is a poignant book about the challenges encountered by both parents and children as they cope with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The ADD/ADHD Iceberg


“An iceberg is like a mountain hidden beneath the surface. It’s as if seeing the snow-capped peak is all there is, being unaware that seven-eighths of the mountain is not visible to the eye. Much like the hidden mountain, ADHD traits are often concealed, and because of that, exploration is necessary.” – Audrey

Building a Village


“Recognizing that we want the best for our children but cannot do everything for them, we welcomed support and guidance from others who cared about us all.” – Audrey

The Enable Table


ENABLE TABLES are erected in families dilemma-by-dilemma, fueled by low frustration tolerance of school, work, and relationship problems. Helping is part of our DNA, but we do not properly identify and seek treatment for the underlying diagnosis, ADHD.” - Audrey

More Complex Problems with ADHD


“Delay or lack of treatment during adolescence increases the risk of negative encounters with the justice system.” - Larry

For Parents, Lessons from Our Lives


“If two or more professionals are telling you that your child has a learning issue or an attention issue, you don’t need to wait for number three.” – Larry

Advocating for Children with ADHD


“Remember that your primary objective is to do what’s best for your child. Be more concerned about your child’s well being than the label. “- Larry

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The memoir of Audrey and Larry Jones and their three sons demystifies ADHD in childhood and beyond.

A blend of love, humor and real-life irony, Falling Through the Ceiling makes sense of the nonsensical, shedding light on the challenges of living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

These stories offer the real-deal reality of living with a house full of ADHD, including the ups, downs and chaos of what happened and the consequences of such. The authors, a married couple of 45 years, offer experience, practical insight and what they learned from counselors, research and their own mistakes to assist people coping with children and adults who are affected by ADHD.

Sharing their personal life challenges with the effects of ADHD, this is a real, sometimes painful, story written to help families recognize and navigate to controlling chaos and unlocking the gifts of ADHD in their children and themselves.

“We were struggling to make it and created codependency and unhealthy enabling habits. What we did, and what we didn’t do, to help our sons  didn’t work, many times. The behaviors simply continued and morphed. If we had it to do all over again, we would have done things better and differently. We feel that other parents, by walking with us through our journey, will gain strength and courage to move from frustration to stabilizing behaviors and living resiliently.”
Audrey and Larry Jones, authors, Falling Through the Ceiling

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Dr. Larry Jones and his wife Mrs. Audrey Jones revealed their new book 'Falling Through the Ceiling" a critical report on ADHD.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Falling Through the Ceiling is a family’s journey through ADHD within themselves, Larry (the father), and the three sons. As I read through their journey it became clear it is in our busy day-to-day lives that we don’t see or understand the things that shall alert or warn us to pay attention. I believe this occurs not out of a lack of caring, but rather from not recognizing, acknowledging, or just denying behaviors and patterns of behaviors in ourselves or loved ones that seem off or odd. FTTC encourages us to look, see, and consider the possibility of needing help and how to go about getting it. Without getting into my story, I will relay some info about my family to explain why so much of this book touched me, deeply at times; I’ve been diagnosed with Anxiety/Depressive Disorder. It runs in my family. We are dealing with it now, but it’s a journey and it takes help. One of my sons was diagnosed in early grades with Dyslexia, but not ADHD. After reading FTTC, I believe that he also has ADHD, presenting as an Inattentive Type. This may also explain some of my own “now/ not now” behaviors. The same son committed a crime for which he spent time in prison. His behaviors that got him into this situation seemed out of character at the time. Luckily he has recognized and accepted help for problems leading to detrimental behaviors. The stats on the relationship between prison population and ADHD were very interesting to me. As a retired registered nurse, I had some knowledge about ADHD, but not in a clinical sense. I would recommend this book to all parents, educators, and medical personnel, because you just may see yourself or someone you know in the Jones family. I think that FTTC is a valuable book because it presents much needed information in a “kitchen table” conversation style that is humorous yet realistic. FTTC gives logical suggestions and solutions, and I enjoyed reading it as a whole. W. Bryant, Registered Nurse St. Louis, MO

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W. Bryant, Registered Nurse

St. Louis, MO

Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir is an unabashed memoir of a family’s experience of red flags and ultimately red lights. It’s about proceeding without heeding the warning signs that suggest help is needed. It’s about identifying behaviors that call out for intervention and possibly psycho-social treatment. The premise of the book is an alert to parents to pay attention to the repetition of critical behaviors as noted in the section, “For Parents, Lessons from Our Lives”. I think this book would be helpful for any parent, it points out they are not alone, in spite of everything looking right, “should be right “, but is not right. I consider this book an essential read for parents who just can’t figure out why their child/children appear to have it all, but don’t do what they need to do, nor do they keep their promise. For the parents who have done everything they can think of to support, nurture and encourage their child/children, but to no avail, the child just does not seem to get it. I strongly recommend the reading of this book. In doing so, parents may empathically recognize themselves in the many shared stories and, thereby, come to their own “aha”.

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Review by Mary F. Griffin, Parent to grandchild with ADHD

Licensed Master’s Social Worker, Frisco, Texas

About the Authors

Audrey R. Jones & Larry A. Jones, MD


Married over 46 years, Audrey and Larry Jones are parents, grandparents, and fun-loving mates who enjoy each other’s company, civic, volunteer and cultural activities and frequent traveling. They had a whirlwind spring romance in 1970 as college students, married in late summer of 1972, and in four years had three sons, one right after the other.

As expensive, dangerous behaviors continued to be repeated, they sought help from teachers and therapists regarding their children. During his adolescence, each child was diagnosed with ADHD, just as hyperactive disorder was becoming a recognized clinical condition. For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician Larry did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself.

In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an illness, which took its toll on her health and led to a permanent disability. Her gift of recovery included an opportunity for Larry and Audrey to seriously reflect on their sons’ actions, starts and misfires as young adults pursuing college educations and meaningful employment as they all lived with the challenges of ADHD. Rather than just writing about the road to recovery, Audrey and Larry chose to tell their whole story, with the intent of helping other families acknowledge and address behaviors that can adversely affect couples and families.



Message from the Authors

For us Falling Through the Ceiling is a blend of love, humor and real-life irony.  We make sense of the nonsensical by shedding light on our challenges of living with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Our stories are examples of the things that can happen when ADHD runs rampant and untreated for parent and three sons. That is what defines the universality of our stories. We fell into the same trap as many other parents, thinking that Drew, Jay, and Rob were just lazy and willfully not completing assignments in school. Parenting is probably the most humbling experience of your life. Few of us are trained in parenting and we encounter events in our children’s lives, which should lead us to professional counselors and therapists. Our darling children can throw us off kilter because they really do the darndest things.

We were struggling to make it and created codependency and unhealthy enabling habits. What we did, and what we didn’t do, to help our sons didn’t work, many times. The behaviors simply continued and morphed. If we had it to do all over again, we would have done things better and differently. Hopefully our stories will give other parents relief, support, courage and solutions.

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