Books on ADD and Learning Differences for Adoptive Parents
Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley – The third edition of a classic in ADHD literature, Taking Charge of ADHD gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment and medications. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD and provides encouragement, guidance and loads of practical tips.
Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood 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. You can listen to an interview with Dr. Hallowell on the Creating a Family Radio Show/Podcast.
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. This game plan including unconditional love, focusing on the mirror traits and creating an environment in which a child can safely take risks. A must read!
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by 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. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times. Dr. Kurcinka has devised a plan for success with a simple, four-step program that will help you discover the power of positive—rather than negative—labels, understand your child’s and your own temperamental traits, cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations. You can listen to an interview with Mary Sheedy Kurcinka on the Creating a Family Radio Show/Podcast.
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. You can listen to an interview with Dr. Monastra on the Creating a Family Radio Show/Podcast.
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. This book emphasizes those aspects of ADHD that are troublesome to the children and tries to look at the world more from their point of view.