Books on ADD and Learning Differences for Adoptive Parents
Driven to Distraction by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell – Driven to Distraction is one of the benchmark works on ADHD. It looks at the various forms of ADHD takes, from hyperactivity to daydreaming, contradicts common myths, offers practical coping tools and discusses all the different treatment options. It also, and this is important, doesn’t treat ADHD as a sentence and focuses on the positives that come with the short attention span, including including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm. Driven to Distraction is an invaluable tool and a must read for anyone parenting a child with ADHD. I interviewed Dr. Hallowell on the Creating a Family radio show – Raising a Child with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell & Dr. Peter S. Jensen – In Driven to Distraction, Dr. Hallowell focusses on what ADHD is. In Superparenting for ADD, he focuses on how to best raise children with ADD. Superparenting for ADD is a practical guide that offers specific techniques and strategies and helps parents create an environment that will help their children thrive. A must read!
Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach by Dr. Vincent J. Monastra – Monastra, a doctor specializing in the treatment of ADHD, covers the causes and most common treatments of ADHD and discusses issues for parents, such as psychological treatment, diet, educational laws, and practical coping strategies. A practical guide for parents of children with ADHD. I interviewed Dr. Monastra on the Creating a Family radio show – Raising and Loving a Child with ADHD.
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka – Children with ADHD are ofter more strong-willed and spirited, which can add additional parenting challenges. While Raising Your Spirited Child is not specifically about ADHD, it does cover many of the same behaviors and is an excellent guide for how to overcome them. Raising Your Spirited Child is an excellent resource for anyone parenting a child who is a little bit higher maintenance. I interviewed the author on the Creating a Family radio show – Raising Your Spirited Child.
Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD by Kathleen G. Nadeau & Ellen B. Dixon (ages 9+) – This practical guide is designed to help children understand their own ADHD. It offers tips geared for children and teenagers about how to relax, focus, remember things, accomplishing things and making friends, and is an invaluable tool both for explaining to your child why they are different and helping them take control of their own behavior.
Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley – Another classic in ADHD literature, Taking Charge of ADHD discusses the biology behind ADHD and provides encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, including a behavior management plan specifically designed for children with ADD.