Dundas native overcomes ADHD through song

WhatsOn Oct 28, 2019 by Mike Pearson Dundas Star News

W. Ian Walker overcame ADHD, bullying and scholastic struggles to become a successful arts consultant, classically trained musician and published author.

In Stirring My Soul to Sing: Overcoming ADHD Through Song, the Dundas native offers readers insights into the challenges of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and coping strategies that helped him achieve success in life.

“I never thought I’d be the ADHD poster boy, but I’m happy to be an ambassador,” Walker said during a recent book signing at the Ancaster Indigo store.

Stirring My Soul to Sing is Walker’s first book, published by Word Alive Press of Winnipeg. The autobiographical account traces Walker’s triumphs and tribulations from childhood up to the age of about 50.

Stirring My Soul to Sing is now listed on 30 international bookseller websites and in stores like Indigo.

“I’m thrilled that it’s doing so well,” Walker said.

Walker, now 59, was told early in life he was “hyperactive.” He discovered he had a learning disability in the 1970s but wasn’t formally diagnosed with ADHD until 1996.

As the book’s title suggests, music has always played a key role in Walker’s life.

From an early age, he was inspired by his mother, a soloist in the church choir, and his grandmother who told him, “I know you can overcome it. Because music is so strong in your life.”

In Stirring My Soul to Sing, Walker recounts struggles with bullying and being held back two years in school.

“My study skills were bad, because of my ADHD. I didn’t know it then,” he said.

Nonetheless, Walker emerged from public school with a solid B-plus average.

“My parents read to me a lot and eventually I was able to read to them,” said Walker. “I have a real passion for reading. When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, they need to be read to.”

Walker’s Christian faith also helped him through the difficult times. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Stirring My Soul to Sing is written from a faith-based perspective.

“Having people praying for me made a huge difference, especially in my teens, going into my 20s,” Walker recalled.

People living with ADHD have weaknesses, but also many strengths, said Walker. To get through school, Walker adopted strategies like highlighting text and using flashcards. He improved his short-term memory by studying other languages.

For parents, Walker recommends keeping a journal of their young child’s ADHD emotional journey.

When it comes to ADHD medications, Walker urges parents to do their research and avoid Ritalin, whenever possible. If possible, he said, consider diet changes or alternative therapies, he said.

Dundas native overcomes ADHD through song

'Stirring My Soul to Sing: Overcoming ADHD through Song' is W. Ian Walker's first book

WhatsOn Oct 28, 2019 by Mike Pearson Dundas Star News

W. Ian Walker overcame ADHD, bullying and scholastic struggles to become a successful arts consultant, classically trained musician and published author.

In Stirring My Soul to Sing: Overcoming ADHD Through Song, the Dundas native offers readers insights into the challenges of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and coping strategies that helped him achieve success in life.

“I never thought I’d be the ADHD poster boy, but I’m happy to be an ambassador,” Walker said during a recent book signing at the Ancaster Indigo store.

Stirring My Soul to Sing is Walker’s first book, published by Word Alive Press of Winnipeg. The autobiographical account traces Walker’s triumphs and tribulations from childhood up to the age of about 50.

Stirring My Soul to Sing is now listed on 30 international bookseller websites and in stores like Indigo.

“I’m thrilled that it’s doing so well,” Walker said.

Walker, now 59, was told early in life he was “hyperactive.” He discovered he had a learning disability in the 1970s but wasn’t formally diagnosed with ADHD until 1996.

As the book’s title suggests, music has always played a key role in Walker’s life.

From an early age, he was inspired by his mother, a soloist in the church choir, and his grandmother who told him, “I know you can overcome it. Because music is so strong in your life.”

In Stirring My Soul to Sing, Walker recounts struggles with bullying and being held back two years in school.

“My study skills were bad, because of my ADHD. I didn’t know it then,” he said.

Nonetheless, Walker emerged from public school with a solid B-plus average.

“My parents read to me a lot and eventually I was able to read to them,” said Walker. “I have a real passion for reading. When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, they need to be read to.”

Walker’s Christian faith also helped him through the difficult times. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Stirring My Soul to Sing is written from a faith-based perspective.

“Having people praying for me made a huge difference, especially in my teens, going into my 20s,” Walker recalled.

People living with ADHD have weaknesses, but also many strengths, said Walker. To get through school, Walker adopted strategies like highlighting text and using flashcards. He improved his short-term memory by studying other languages.

For parents, Walker recommends keeping a journal of their young child’s ADHD emotional journey.

When it comes to ADHD medications, Walker urges parents to do their research and avoid Ritalin, whenever possible. If possible, he said, consider diet changes or alternative therapies, he said.

Dundas native overcomes ADHD through song

'Stirring My Soul to Sing: Overcoming ADHD through Song' is W. Ian Walker's first book

WhatsOn Oct 28, 2019 by Mike Pearson Dundas Star News

W. Ian Walker overcame ADHD, bullying and scholastic struggles to become a successful arts consultant, classically trained musician and published author.

In Stirring My Soul to Sing: Overcoming ADHD Through Song, the Dundas native offers readers insights into the challenges of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and coping strategies that helped him achieve success in life.

“I never thought I’d be the ADHD poster boy, but I’m happy to be an ambassador,” Walker said during a recent book signing at the Ancaster Indigo store.

Stirring My Soul to Sing is Walker’s first book, published by Word Alive Press of Winnipeg. The autobiographical account traces Walker’s triumphs and tribulations from childhood up to the age of about 50.

Stirring My Soul to Sing is now listed on 30 international bookseller websites and in stores like Indigo.

“I’m thrilled that it’s doing so well,” Walker said.

Walker, now 59, was told early in life he was “hyperactive.” He discovered he had a learning disability in the 1970s but wasn’t formally diagnosed with ADHD until 1996.

As the book’s title suggests, music has always played a key role in Walker’s life.

From an early age, he was inspired by his mother, a soloist in the church choir, and his grandmother who told him, “I know you can overcome it. Because music is so strong in your life.”

In Stirring My Soul to Sing, Walker recounts struggles with bullying and being held back two years in school.

“My study skills were bad, because of my ADHD. I didn’t know it then,” he said.

Nonetheless, Walker emerged from public school with a solid B-plus average.

“My parents read to me a lot and eventually I was able to read to them,” said Walker. “I have a real passion for reading. When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, they need to be read to.”

Walker’s Christian faith also helped him through the difficult times. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Stirring My Soul to Sing is written from a faith-based perspective.

“Having people praying for me made a huge difference, especially in my teens, going into my 20s,” Walker recalled.

People living with ADHD have weaknesses, but also many strengths, said Walker. To get through school, Walker adopted strategies like highlighting text and using flashcards. He improved his short-term memory by studying other languages.

For parents, Walker recommends keeping a journal of their young child’s ADHD emotional journey.

When it comes to ADHD medications, Walker urges parents to do their research and avoid Ritalin, whenever possible. If possible, he said, consider diet changes or alternative therapies, he said.