My Whirling Twirling Motor


Charlie feels like he has a whirling, twirling motor running inside him all the time and sometimes he just can’t settle. When his mom wants to talk to him, he figures he’s in trouble…but she has a surprise for him instead! Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information on ADHD, behavior management, and helping children focus on the positives.--from the publisher

32 pages               978-1433829369             Ages 4-8

Keywords:   ADHD, self calming, behavior management, Read aloud to four 4 year olds, 5 five year olds, 6 six year olds, 7 seven year olds


"At school my motor made me wiggle too much during story time. I touched the teacher's scissors and I talked out of turn.... Whirling, spinning, humming."

What is it like to have ADHD? Step inside the mind of Charlie as he starts his day, goes to school, comes home to play, eat dinner and finally get ready for bed. The whole time the motor inside him is spinning, whirring. It's so busy with its hums and whirs and it makes him wiggle and squirm. Can you feel what that might be like?

At the end of the day when Mommy comes to say goodnight, she says, "I need to talk to you." Uh oh, has the buys motor made Charlie do too many busy things?

This is a wonderful understanding of how it feels to have that motor inside and some lovely strategies to reassure and celebrate the much loved little person who lives with that motor every day.

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,

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