ADHD Book Reviews

Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD: An Empirically Supported Treatment

By: Gallagher, Abikoff, Spira

This indispensable manual presents an easy-to-implement intervention with proven effectiveness for children with ADHD in grades 3 to 5. Organizational skills training helps kids develop essential skill sets for organizing school materials, tracking assignments, and completing homework and other tasks successfully.

Clinicians are provided with detailed session-by-session instructions and all of the tools needed to implement the program in collaboration with parents and teachers. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes nearly 100 reproducible handouts and forms.

Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

The Family ADHD Solution: A scientific Approach to Maximizing Your Child’s Attention and Minimizing Parental Stress

By: Mark Bertin

In this accessible guide, developmental pediatrician Mark Bertin demystifies ADHD and offers advice to overwhelmed parents that includes clear explanations of:

  • Biological causes of ADHD, and the ins and outs of a thorough evaluation
  • Common symptoms, showing how they extend far beyond inattention and hyperactivity
  • Behavioral, educational and medical approaches that increase academic and social success
  • Research proven mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques for parents that benefit the whole family
  • Advice to help your child build self-esteem along with healthy relationships with peers and with you

Unraveling ADHD: How I turned my greatest deficit into my greatest asset

By: Joyce Kubik

No one seems to understand that those with ADHD know what to do—they just can’t make it happen. It’s not intentional. An ADHD mind continually wants to explore and can’t hold a thought for longer than ten seconds. To get control, ADHD adults need to understand how their brain works, and what a distraction feels like, so they can identify those thoughts that are distractions and stop their mind from wandering. To do that, they need a simple and effective strategy.

As an adult, Joyce Kubik discovered that she had spent all her life with undiagnosed and untreated ADHD. Looking back, she realized that her ADHD prevented her from making herself or her parents happy. Teachers saw her as a failure and discouraged her from going on to college. The rejections she experienced made it clear to her that she didn’t have a clue how to make life work for her.

smart but stuckSmart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

By: Thomas Brown

Smart but Stuck offers 15 true and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten “stuck” at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. Dr. Brown highlights the often unrecognized role that emotions play in this complex disorder. He explains why even very bright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well on some tasks that interest them, but often can’t focus adequately on other important tasks and relationships.

The first book to explain and illustrate the crucial role of emotions in the daily functioning of those living with ADHD, Dr. Brown, the Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, is an internationally known authority on ADHD.

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