Books on Attention Deficit Disorder

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Amstrong, Thomas
What does it mean to a kid to be labeled attention-deficit disordered (ADD)? Or to have "hyperactive" added to the label (ADHD)? What can teachers do to boost the success of students with attention and behavioral difficulties? Are we relying too much on medication for these kids and not enough on new perspectives on learning, child development, the child's socioeconomic and cultural background, biological and psychological research, and the learner's emotional and social needs? Armstrong urges educators and parents to look for the positive characteristics in learners who may carry the ADD/ADHD label. Are they bursting with energy? Are they intensely creative? Do they enjoy hands-on learning? Are they natural leaders? Are they unusually introspective and reflective? We need to look beyond a "deficit" approach and embrace a more holistic view of learners that includes teaching to their multiple intelligences, learning styles, and other brain-friendly approaches.

Armstrong, Thomas
Criticizes the currently popular label attention deficit disorder as being too simplistic and negative, and provides instead a wellness perspective with 50 solid strategies to help parents, teachers, and health care professionals deal with children's difficult behavior.

Blakemore-Brown, Lisa
This is the first book to look at the links between ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders in depth. The author uses the metaphor of the 'tapestry' to more clearly explain the interwoven nature of these disorders. She discusses different approaches, emphasizing the importance of early intervention and of finding the right approach for each child. This holistic viewpoint is extremely useful for parents because it demonstrates how a deeper understanding of the complexity of human development can lead to more appropriate early intervention and treatment plans for children with complex symptoms.

Bramer, Jennifer
This book was written for college students, their counselors and educators. Based on the real life experiences of seven adults who were interviewed as part of a research study, this book offers a vivid picture of how college students with ADD can cope and find success in school. Readers will find information on the history, causes, and characteristics of ADD and methods of diagnosis and treatment. Practical information focuses on what students with ADD can do to achieve success in college by appropriate school selection, using resources available on campus, communicating with instructors, and developing study strategies to improve academic performance. Counselors and educators will benefit by the many tips and strategies offered to help students with ADD reach their potential.

Burns, Diane Drake
Suspect there's something "different" about your child? This book will help you navigate those early stages of your child's life when a diagnosis is nowhere in sight and you're either totally frustrated or frightened into inaction by a vision of what may lie ahead. Written by a mother who knows--because she had an uncanny ability to avoid her son's diagnosis--this book humorously and gently prods parents into action, beginning with the chapter "Was That the Exit to 'Normal?" and "Rules of the Road," to "Time to Take Off the Gloves" and "To School or Not to School."

Delfos, Martine
In this wide-reaching and comprehensive book the psychologist Martine F. Delfos provides practical guidance on the diagnosis, support and treatment of a variety of childhood behavioural problems, including anxiety problems, aggression, depression and ADHD. Presenting a useful and compelling model of the interplay of environment, disposition and central nervous system development, Delfos shows how differences in brain structure between the sexes may have a part to play in behavioural problems in children and adolescents. Children and Behavioural Problems is an essential resource for teachers, psychologists, social workers and other professionals working with children, as well as for parents seeking to support their children with special needs throughout their development.

Dendy, Chris Z. Ziegler
In this user-friendly book parents find strategies for dealing with their son's or daughter's difficult behaviors and gain advice and insight from others raising teenagers with ADD. Topics include diagnosis, medical treatment, family and school life, intervention, advocacy, legal rights, and options after high school.

Edwards, Barbara
Coaching is an exciting new approach to ADD that is proving increasingly popular - because it works. A collaborative and respectful process that appeals to those who do not take readily to authority, it encourages clarity and focus for those who scatter themselves and suffer from chronic disorganization. The great value of coaching as an approach to ADD is that anyone can coach themselves, and it can also be used by parents, teachers and professionals. The author begins by explaining what ADD is and how ADD brains differ from the `normal.' She then discusses the application of coaching techniques and perspectives to labeling, medication, choice of therapies, and teaching methods. Later chapters deal with issues of structure, black and white thinking, emotional trips, creativity, impulsiveness, and sensitivity. Written from an insider's viewpoint, this book offers an insightful and practical guide that will be of great practical use to people who live with ADD themselves and to those who live with them.

Fattig, Michele
The Annie Books are a must read for any parent, teacher, or student with the challenges of Attention Deficit Disorders. The Windy Day with Annie,Bully-Be-Gone with Annie, and Calming the Stormy Days with Annie books, are a wonderful, non-threatening way, to introduce the topic of distractability and attention deficits to a young child and to introduce social skills training. So many times, my young attention deficit children respond, "I don't like her (Annie). She is bad." When prompted as to why they think she is bad, inevitably the response is, "Because she just daydreams. She is bad."

Fletcher, Jacky
Written by the mother of Stefan, a boy diagnosed with ADHD, Marching to a Different Tune is a day-by-day, moment-by-moment account of how his unusual and difficult behaviour affects and disrupts their family life inside and outside the home. Jacky Fletcher describes in intimate detail the struggles, embarrassments and triumphs her family experiences throughout a four year period of Stefan's childhood. The diary ends with an expression of the family's love for Stefan – as he approaches adolescence, they will learn new ways to cope with the challenges of his behaviour, applying the knowledge they have gained through experience. Marching to a Different Tune: Diary about an ADHD Boy gives an essential new perspective to the understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – it describes this complex set of behaviours from the inside. It complements and deepens the clinical presentation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, at a time when this diagnosis is being applied to more and more children. The last chapter of the book gives a clinical description of ADHD; the appendix contains useful addresses for more information and support networks, and a list of recommended reading. This book will inform the practice of teachers and psychologists who work with ADHD children, and guide and support these children's parents and families.

Flick, Grad L.
For teachers, counselors and parents, this comprehensive new resource is filled with up-to-date information and practical strategies to help kids with attention deficits learn to control and change their own behaviors and build the academic, social, and personal skills necessary for success in school and in life. The Kit first explains ADD/ADHD behavior, its biological bases and basic characteristics and describes procedures used for diagnosis and various treatment options. It then details a proven set of training exercises and programs in which teachers, counselors and parents work together to monitor and manage the child's behavior to achieve the desired results.

Greenbaum, Judith; Markel, Geraldine
This problem-solving guide gives teachers and other professionals the information and materials they need to improve ADD/LD teens' academic and social skills and develop appropriate educational programs for them. A practical checklist format makes it easy to locate essential information, and hot topics such as self-management, motivation, homework completion, medication, and assistive technology are covered in detail. The book includes interesting student case histories throughout, over 100 reproducible graphic organizers, and specific recommendations for involving parents. A special appendix at the end of the book identifies 20 common classroom problems, from excessive movement, overactivity and hyperactivity to poor test-taking skills, and lists strategies to help students with ADHD or LD.

Hallowell, Edward; Ratey, John
Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes -- from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming -- and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

Hallowell, Edward; Ratey, John
In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder–all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD. As Hallowell and Ratey point out, “attention deficit disorder” is a highly misleading description of an intriguing kind of mind. Original, charismatic, energetic, often brilliant, people with ADD have extraordinary talents and gifts embedded in their highly charged but easily distracted minds. Tailored expressly to ADD learning styles and attention spans, Delivered from Distraction provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime.

Hallowell, Edward; Ratey, John
Answers To Distraction provides practical solutions to the dilemmas of ADD. This "user's guide" to ADD is presented in question-and-answer format ideal for even the most distractible reader. Each chapter covers a specific aspect of ADD, such as ADD in women, ADD and aggression, ADD and addiction, or ADD and work. The authors provide advice for teachers on recognizing ADD and helping students to cope, plus extraordinary insights into the relationship difficulties caused by ADD.

Hartmann, Thom
As many as 20 million Americans may have Attention Deficit Disorder. In the five years since Thom Hartmann first published his pioneering book, "Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception," new findings support his theory linking ADD to the genetic makeup of men and women who hunted for their food in prehistoric times. Now, Hartmann has revised his groundbreaking book to include the latest research along with surprising information on studies that link second-hand smoke to disruptive behavior. This edition has a new introduction by famed Harvard psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell, MD, co-author of the best-selling "Driven to Distraction.

Hartmann, Thom
In this volume, the acknowledged pioneer in attention deficit disorder research combines the best of his previous books with important new information. In the new chapters (about 25 percent of the book), Hartmann looks at how and why America's school system fails to assist children diagnosed with ADHD and urges parents to find alternative means of educating their children when this happens.

Hartmann, Thom
Thom Hartmann, creator of the "hunter/farmer hypothesis" of ADHD, argues that children who possess the Edison gene are adapted to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs, while these same qualities often cause them problems in the context of our public schools. Hartmann offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children to reach their full potential.

Hartmann, Thom
The first specific guidebook for how to be successful in the world as a teenager or adult with ADD - from the author of Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. Inspiring real-life stories show how people with ADD can succeed in school, at work, and in relationships. This book tells children and adults from all walks of life how to reach the next step - a fulfilling, successful life with ADD.

Hartmann, Thom
Author is a psychotherapist near Montpelier, VT. Text includes simple methods involving visualization and positive thinking that can be taught to children with ADD.

Holowenko, Henryk
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a medical diagnostic label for a mixed group of disruptive behaviours in children, which influences their development, family relationships and social interaction. AD/HD is part of a child's make-up: it is not a disease, but a pattern of problem behaviour, much of which is largely outside the sufferer's control. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Multidisciplinary Approach provides clear guidelines on good practice in assessment, diagnosis and management of, and provision for, children with AD/HD. Written for teachers, parents, medical practitioners, psychologists and other professionals, Holowenko's multidisciplinary approach stresses the collaborative nature of successful management of the condition. The book is based on the work of an interdisciplinary group whose aim was to identify a consensus view on the disparate positions on AD/HD.

Horowitz, Lynn
Sensory integration has provided help to children with behavior, learning, and motor skills problems for over 40 years. A treatment based on play, it helps children absorb, process, and respond to information in an appropriate manner. This book provides a complete overview and explanation of the therapy, as well as practical sensory integration–based techniques that can be used by teachers and parents to help the hyperactive child. This non-medical approach can be used in conjunction with, or as a substitute for, traditional drug treatments.

Kennedy, Diane; Banks, Rebecca Banks
Attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is one of the most rapidly growing diagnoses of our generation. Often the diagnosis fails to provide real help, leaving patients, doctors, and families at a loss to know what to do next. But for the first time ever, new insights into the overwhelming number of similarities between Autism and ADHD are giving those with ADHD genuine hope. For years, the label of Autism has carried a negative connotation. Parents were afraid to admit the diagnosis and banished the term from discussion. Finally, The ADHD-Autism Connection gives parents, educators, and doctors a reason to embrace autism with a renewed sense of hope and understanding. This book will show how these understandings can minimize the frustration, misdiagnoses, and misunderstandings ADHD sufferers and their families face.

Kurtz, Lisa
This book provides a comprehensive overview of vision problems in children with developmental disabilities such as AD/HD, autism spectrum disorders, and specific learning disabilities. Written in a very accessible style, it is appropriate for parents and professionals alike and offers non-technical explanations of how vision difficulties are screened for and advice on where to seek appropriate professional care. Lisa Kurtz outlines a range of activities for strengthening children's functional vision and perceptual skills using simple, homemade materials that are readily available in the home or classroom. This is an excellent practical companion for parents of children with visual perception problems and the professionals who work with them.

Kutscher, Martin
Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children -- from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders -- whether at home, at school, or in other settings -- along with case vignettes and practical tips. The author's sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs.

Kutscher, Martin
This concise and highly accessible book contains everything that parents and busy professionals need to know about ADHD. The author describes the spectrum of ADHD, the co-occurring symptoms, and common difficulties that parents face. The rest of the book focuses on solutions, based around four rules. Rule number one is keeping it positive: punishments can change behavior, but only positive approaches can improve attitude. Rule number two is keeping it calm: it's difficult thinking clearly enough to solve problems logically if you are feeling overwhelmed. Rule number three is keeping it organized: this rule relates particularly to the child's school life. Rule number four is to keep doing rules one to three..Finally, Dr. Kutscher discusses the role of medication for treating ADHD. The concluding chapter summarizes the information covered and can also be read as a complete, freestanding text. Useful checklists and further reading recommendations are also included. Realistic and optimistic, this book is the ideal source of information and advice for parents and professionals who are trying to keep up with children who are living without brakes.

Lidle, Agi
Now, a book that offers you a new perspective on improving attention deficit disorders and disruptive behaviors, WITHOUT prescription drugs, by an authority on natural health and nutrition. This book contains real life personal stories of struggles and triumphs. It also contains the life-altering "Triumph Over Paradigm". This easy-to-use, 3-step model shows you "How To" get started and achieve positive results in 30 days or less by: Adopting Open Thinking, Manifesting The Power Of Words and Acting On A Healthy Food Program.

Munden, Alison; Arcelus, Jon
Over the past ten years, increasing awareness of ADHD in the UK has resulted in an escalation in the number of referrals to child psychiatrists and paediatricians. The ADHD Handbook is the first of its kind, in that it is written by UK clinicians specifically for parents and health care professionals who have little prior knowledge of the disorder. It is a concise introductory handbook and provides essential information on the nature of ADHD. When young people are diagnosed as having ADHD, they usually have a lot of questions about the disorder, about what is wrong, what can be done, and what is going to happen to them. Their families, teachers and friends also have questions to ask, as they need to understand what is going on, so that they can help. This book outlines the symptoms and difficulties associated with the disorder and the sort of treatments and interventions available. This book also offers suggestions of where, or from whom more information and practical help can be found. The future for people with ADHD need not be bleak, if families and professionals can work together to ensure that the young person receives appropriate treatment - The ADHD Handbook is a first step in this direction.

Patterson, Ken
In his personal account of life with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), award-winning author Ken Patterson richly illustrates the way in which the symptoms of ADD curtail the ability of an intelligent man to succeed in the most ordinary of life's events. Through episodes of childhood, educational experiences, employment, military career, and relationships, he reveals the subtle complexities of coping with situations most people take for granted. This entertaining and compassionate book unsparingly describes a life distorted by impulsivity, distractions, obsessions, and anger. Illuminating, and deeply insightful, it will fascinate anyone who has come into contact with ADD.

Pentecost, David
Parenting the ADD Child brings together for the first time a variety of tried and tested methods in a unique, comprehensive and accessible format that will not be found elsewhere. It goes beyond the identification of the symptoms to tackle the changes parents can make, ensuring that behaviour problems associated with ADD and ADHD are managed and reduced. David Pentecost has spent ten years working with the families of children with ADD and ADHD and the dilemmas they face. He has developed the ADDapt approach to solving behaviour problems, which is set out in full in this book. 'ADDapt' stands for 'ADD alternative parenting techniques': it is a complete and easy-to-follow programme which enables parents working on their own to deal with the disruptive behaviour patterns common to ADD. Developed and refined through work with over 150 families, ADDapt has brought a harmony into family life that parents thought was lost forever.

Features and Benefits: -Profiles of learning disability programs at more than 750 institution in the U.S. and Canada. -Legal considerations for learning disability programs, including distinctions between K-12 and higher education requirements. -Step-By-Step Process to Gaining Admittance to Learning Disability Programs. -Tips on how to prepare for the college experience. -Profiles of successful people with learning disabilities

Rief, Sandra
The ADD/ADHD Checklist helps parents and teachers to better understand children and teenagers with attention problems and provide the kind of support and intervention that is crucial to kids' success. Presented in a concise, easy-to-read checklist format, the book is packed with practical advice and information on a wide range of topics, including what we do and don't know about ADHD, probable causes, critical elements for school success, the most commonly prescribed medications, what children with ADHD need at home, effective behavioral strategies, how to help kids stay organized, and advocating for an ADHD child.

Safran, Diane Stein
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is increasingly being diagnosed in people of all ages, and this book demonstrates how art therapy can not only assist with diagnosis, but also provides a valuable means of helping to improve skills such as concentration and focus, boost self-esteem, and cope with impulsivity. Educational social skills art groups can help with understanding of AD/HD in addition to teaching strategies to relieve the symptoms. Art therapy is also important for alleviating feelings of isolation and confusion that may come with the diagnosis, and, as an ongoing process, it can be a useful tool for checking clients' progress from the initial assessment onwards. In the first part of her book, the author explores ways of using art therapy and of setting up art therapy groups. Her advice and practical suggestions will be useful to anyone with an interest in AD/HD. The later chapters offer therapists more detailed guidance on therapy sessions with clients with AD/HD. Practical and informative, and based on the author's long experience with art therapy and AD/HD, this will be a valuable book for therapists, mental health professionals, and people who live or work with AD/HD.

Taymans, Juliana; West, Lynda; Sullivan, Madeline
Unlocking Potential is an indispensable tool for high school students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) preparing for the world of postsecondary education and employment. It is brimming with the latest information on LD and AD/HD, as well as advice, practical tips, and resources designed to make their transition from high school a success. From selecting and applying to a program to setting and achieving goals, this book leads them on their way. Written by a team of over 20 professionals in the field of postsecondary transition, Unlocking Potential helps people recognize their own learning strengths and weakness, which is the first step to managing their disability. As the authors stress, people with LD and AD/HD are most successful when they make modifications and seek counseling that supports their unique needs. The book offers strategies for overcoming problem areas such as time management, organizational skills, note taking, test taking, and establishing goals. Unlocking Potential also promotes the concept of self-determination-an individual's ability to define and achieve goals based on knowing and valuing oneself. A person is more likely to attain desired goals when he or she is a strong self-advocate. Finally, the comprehensive listings of resources at the end of each chapter are one of the book's most valuable features with recommended books, fact sheets, video/audio materials, and support organizations.

Wax, Imy F.; Kravets, Marybeth
Hundreds of thousands of students with learning disabilities head to college every year. The challenges seem endless. Aside from coping with difficulties in learning, students and their families face the daunting process of seeking out the right school for their specific needs. This indispensable resource includes: -Advice from specialists in the field of learning disabilities -Learning-disabled programs' admission requirements and graduation policies -Services available to learining disabled students at each college: tutors, note-takers, oral exams, extended test time, and more -Policies and procedures regarding course waivers or substitutions -Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of program administrators at each school -Strategies for finding the right program for each student's needs In addition to the 338 schools profiled, a Quick Contact Reference List provides essential program information for another 1,000 schools.

Weiss, Lynn
ADD adults can learn ways in which their creativity can be identified and freed - where previously their talents may have been suppressed, unidentified or ridiculed.

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