Baxter Turns Down His Buzz (Hardcover)

A Story for Little Kids about ADHD

By James M. Foley, Shirley Ng-Benitez (Illustrator)

Magination Press, 9781433822681, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 12, 2016

List Price: 15.95*
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Every child can benefit from learning strategies that teach them to be more mindful of their surroundings and to regulate their behavior. Children who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may especially benefit from learning these skills.

Written for children ages 4 to 8 with ADHD and impulsiveness, Baxter Turns Down His Buzz is the story of a high-energy rabbit who learns to control his activity level. Baxter was the fastest bunny in the forest. His mind buzzed with thoughts and his body wanted to zoom But sometimes he lost control of his buzz and his zoom, like when he rammed into the raccoons during the annual forest race.

His uncle Barnaby guides Baxter through the steps necessary to "turn down his buzz" through behavioral strategies like mindfulness, progressive relaxation, and visualization, rather than medication. At the next forest race, Baxter finds that his buzz is just right

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with additional suggestions for helping children with ADHD be more mindful of their surroundings and manage their behavior.

About the Author

James M. Foley, DEd, is a retired licensed psychologist is the author of Baxter Turns Down His Buzz, Danny and the Blue Cloud, and Baxter and Danny Stand Up to Bullying. He has served as a clinical director and member of a community mental health center children's service team and has extensive experience as a school psychologist and child and family therapist. He now resides in Sonoma County, CA, in close proximity to his two adult children, and serves as psychological consultant to a local school district. Shirley Ng-Benitez is the owner of Gabby & Company, a firm designing, illustrating, and handlettering for the technology, greeting card, medical, toy, and publishing industries. She lives in San Martin, CA, with her husband and two daughters. She is the illustrator of of Baxter Turns Down His Buzz, Danny and the Blue Cloud, and Baxter and Danny Stand Up to Bullying. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @shirleysillos.