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Fire Child, Water Child (eBook)


In his years working with children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pediatrician Stephen Scott Cowan has discovered that what helps one child focus his or her attention may not benefit another. There are five distinct ways children focus, presented for the first time in Fire Child, Water Child. This guide to parenting children with ADHD helps parents identify their child’s focusing style–fire, metal, water, wood, or earth–and use the appropriate skills and parenting techniques to reduce ADHD symptoms. For example, while children with metal focusing styles thrive with rules, regulation, and structure, and like knowing what is going to happen next, “fire” children seek explosive excitement and adventure. This guide offers practical skills and activities parents can use with each of the five adaptive ADHD types to help their children tap into their innate ability to develop calm focus. The author also discusses medication and other adjunctive treatments parents can use to supplement the five adaptive phase model in this book.


Fire Child, Water Child is a revolutionary guide to parenting a child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that does not rely on medication or pathologizing your child’s challenges. This method, created by pediatrician and ADHD specialist Stephen Scott Cowan, helps you identify your child’s unique focusing style—wood, fire, earth, metal, or water—and calm the stress that can contribute to your child’s ADHD symptoms.

What is your child’s ADHD style?

The Wood Child is an adventurous explorer who is always on the move but gets frustrated easily

The Fire Child is outgoing, funny, and can be prone to mood swings and impulsive actions

The Earth Child is cooperative, peacemaking, but can feel worried or indecisive when stressed

The Metal Child is comforted by routine, and finds it difficult to shift attention from task to task

The Water Child is an imaginative dreamer, yet struggles to keep track of time

By using this personalized approach, you will help your child reduce impulsive behavior, regulate attention, and handle school and home routines with confidence.

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Stephen Cowan



Publish Date

4 – 2012


9781608820917, 9781608820924


9781608820917, 9781608820924


New Harbinger Publications


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