Join authors Audrey R. Jones and Larry A. Jones, MD for a Seminar: School to Prison Pipeline at the- 2019 National Black Book Festival. Hosted by National Black Book Festival.
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM CDT
Location: Fallbrook Church
12512 Walters Rd, Houston, Texas 77014
National Black Book Festival Seminar Details
Authors Audrey R. Jones and Larry A. Jones, MD address the school-to-prison pipeline; what it is, how it works, and how we as parents can prevent our children from becoming part of it through the diagnosis of disruptive behaviors, treatment, and becoming our children’s best advocate. Their book is titled, “Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir.”
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.
NATIONAL BLACK BOOK FESTIVAL
The National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is an annual event that brings together authors, publishers, book clubs and readers for a weekend of literary exchange. More than 100 authors attend each year hailing from 30 states, and book clubs and readers from across the country attend to purchase books and meet new authors.
Founded in 2007 by entrepreneurs Willie and Gwen Richardson and sponsored by their company, Cushcity.com, NBBF will celebrate its 12th anniversary in 2019.
FREE ADMISSION TO THE PUBLIC FOR AUTHOR EXHIBITS/SEMINARS
October 24-26, 2019 – 12th Anniversary
Largest African-American Book Event in the South
Location: Fallbrook Church – 12512 Walters Rd., Houston, TX 77014