Why Did You Write Your Book?
Falling Through the Ceiling summarizes our experiences in the context of the Sankofa Proverb. The Sankofa bird is a mythical West African bird with its head turned backwards carrying a precious egg in its mouth. The Ghanian meaning is “forever forward never backwards”, interpreted as you must know your past to not repeat it. We have shared our lives working through ADHD and building on what we have learned. In the spirit of the Sankofa bird, we have continued to nurture our precious eggs, our sons and our marriage.

The book evolved from our passion to relate our experience of Hope and Healing, even if it would be a painful story to tell. By being both candid and often humorous, we wanted other families to know that they are not alone. We also knew that we needed to highlight the dangers of being enablers to other parents, to help them recognize and unlock the childhood and adult gifts of ADHD.

As an ADHD affected family, we could not find books about ADHD to help us to understand what can go wrong in families like ours. We knew other parents who were also in denial about professional assessments of ADHD.

Yet, we had learned, with difficulty, how to work with multiple generations of children that are affected with ADHD, and wanted to offer hope and concrete do’s and don’ts to families rather than “just suffer through” clinical directions.

From “Suffering in Silence” to “Frustration and Resilience”, we share the struggles that we survived. Discussion and acknowledgement of ADHD in African American families has historically been the silent enemy among us.

Our objectives are:

· Lead a frank discussion of the visible and hidden effects and costs of ADHD to our families, highlighting the gifts.

· Provide a blueprint for elucidating causes and effects of hitting the wall and ever-increasing possibilities through diagnosis and treatment.

· Support our sons as they use their ADHD gifts to create their own paths from “Frustration to Resilience.”

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book?
As parents who raised ADHD gifted children, we hope parents, children, and adults struggling with ADHD can find resources and strategies from our experiences and suggestions recounted in our book, and move towards living lives of fulfillment and resilience.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee served in bed is a daily marriage ritual for us, whether at home or on the road. This special time together is how we have started our days for more than 10 years of our 46 years together. It’s our time to mindfully coordinate our busy lives and remember what holds us together.

What’s next for you?
Dr. Jones, after 24 years as a practicing pediatrician, successfully living with ADHD, will be completing his training as an ADHD Life Coach. With this certification, we will package our expertise as: Stop Failing and Falling Coaching.

Online, Larry will provide services to connect affected people and their families with medical, educational, and support resources accessible to them locally. He will continue to be available for local, individual coaching.

We are also collaborating with researchers from Howard University on a study about the stress factor of mothers caring for children with ADHD.

Any message to your followers?
We hope that our readers realize how valuable it is to connect and tell personal stories to help others.

Where can visitors find you online?
Our website: www.enabletables.com
Our Twitter: www.twitter.com/fallingttc
Our Instagram: www.instagram.com/fallingthroughtheceiling
Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Fallingthroughtheceiling

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