Can you identify with how Kim Livingston felt when she wanted to clean, but was somehow unable to attack the chaos? Simple tasks seemed complex because she couldn’t find a starting point, and didn’t see a clear set of steps ahead. Let’s set aside the judgment that the title generates and in the nearly 20 years since this all took place Kim has had plenty of time to reflect back on that moment. She has recently released her first book, “Walks Like a Duck: How a Mom with ADHD Led Her Neurodiverse Family to Peace of Mind” and in this episode we get to talk to Kim about the book, her thoughts about her reverse-diagnosis, and what she wishes people knew or understood better about ADHD.
- Kim R. Livingston teaches English at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois, and is an advocate of community colleges everywhere. Growing up, Kim’s family was neurodivergent, and three decades of teaching have made Kim an even more passionate advocate of neurodiversity. She sees value in our differences and understands that intelligence has many faces. Her first book, “Walks Like a Duck: How a Mom with ADHD Led Her Neurodiverse Family to Peace of Mind,” was recently published by TouchPoint Press. Visit Kim at www.kimrlivingston.com to learn more.
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Resources mentioned in the podcast:
Book: “Women with Attention Deficit Disorder” by Sari Solden
Book: “Brain Energy” by Chris Palmer, MD