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
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
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”.