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Book Discussion Club

Book Discussion Club

Disabilities Education, Stories of Inspiration, and More!

The JCCNV’s Special Needs Committee has launched a book club focusing on books about special needs, non-fictional stories of inspiration, and books related to disabilities to broaden our knowledge. Book club meetings are held at the J every six weeks from 6:30pm–7:30pm prior to the special needs committee meetings.  

Next Book Club meeting

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: The J

We invite you to join us in conversation with Timothy Denevi as he discusses his life experience with this condition and knowledge gained.

Book:  "Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD" by Tim Denevi, author and GMU professor

5 star review on Amazon:

The first book of its kind about what it’s like to be a child with ADHD, Hyper is a “haunting narrative that explores the world’s most scrutinized childhood condition from the inside out” that also illuminates the history of how we came to medicate more than four million children today.

Among the first generation of boys prescribed medication for ADHD in the 1980s, Timothy Denevi took Ritalin at the age of six and suffered a psychotic reaction. Thus began his long odyssey through a variety of treatments. In Hyper, Denevi describes how he made his way to adulthood, knowing he was a problem for those who loved him, longing to be able to be good and fit in, and finally realizing he had to come to grips with his disorder before his life spun out of control. Using these experiences as a springboard, Denevi also traces our understanding and treatment of ADHD from the nineteenth century, when bad parenting and even government conspiracies were blamed, through the twentieth century and drug treatments like Benzedrine, Ritalin, and antidepressants. His insightful history shows how drugs became the treatment of choice for ADHD, rather than individually crafted treatments like the one that saved his life.

Thought provoking and deeply intelligent, this is a remarkable book both for its sensitive portrait of a child’s experience as well as for its thorough exploration of a remarkably complex and controversial mental condition and its treatment. “There’s much to be learned in Hyper, about pushing boundaries and respecting them, about parenting, and about the special kind of triumph that can come as a result of hard-earned self-knowledge. Denevi has written a book about a condition that has been studied for a long time, but, truly, it hasn’t been talked about like this” .


Looking ahead:

Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home

by Jessica Fechtor

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 4pm

We will have the opportunity in January to meet and hear Jessica speak to us through the efforts of Dan Kirsch, JCCNV Cultural Arts Director and the Northern Virginia j.talks- Meet the Author program in partnership with our Special Needs Department. Stay tuned for details.

Questions or comments? Email Jean Gurman.

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