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Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD
by Kathleen G. Nadeau and Ellen B. Dixon

Hope and practical ideas are presented in this third edition of the popular book by two clinical psychologists. Children and parents find this little guide very helpful. Suddenly, the problems are seen as something the child can learn how to manage with help from family. The authors use easy-to-read text and entertaining cartoons, to present activities tips for dealing with friends, family, and schoolwork. Strategies include learning to relax, staying focused, and more.

The book is most effective if parents and children read it together.

Putting on the Brakes: Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Como Ponerte Los Frenos: Guia Para Jovenes Para Comprender El Trastorno De Hiperactividad Por Deficiencia De Atencion
by Patricia O. Quinn, M.D., Judith Stern, MA, et al
Ages 8-13

Whoa Wiggle-worm: a Little Lemon Book about an Overly Active Child
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by Betsy B. Lee, Ed. S., Catharine E. Varnedoe (Illustrator)
    The book has discussion questions which address the issue of kind or unkind nicknames, the benefits of helping someone, etc. The puppets (Little Lemon and Lickety-split) help Wiggle-worm gain self-control, self-respect, the respect of others, and secrets for doing better in school. A turning point in the story is when the boy discovers that he can control a runaway pony. A specific diagnosis is not mentioned in the story. Wiggle-worm could be a child with ADD/ADHD or other conditions such as LD, behavioral problems, low or high blood sugar, or sleep deprivation.

    See excerpts and discussion questions from Whoa Wiggle-worm.

Eagle Eyes: A Child's Guide to Paying Attention
by Jeanne M. A. Gehret

It is refreshing to find a story where the child with a handicap is the hero and not a problem child as such. This well written story puts us in his shoes in a very understanding and kind way. Yes, he has some ups and downs but that is the nature of a good story. It can help other children see the child's abilities in a new light and identify with his difficulties. The child uses his problem of paying too close attention to minute details to find his way out of the woods in order to rescue his dad. (Although it is not mentioned in the book, it can be helpful to point out that scouts are taught to develop this skill when hiking in the woods.) Medication is given but medication is by no means presented as the only answer. Mainly, it is a story about a rescue which other children admire.

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD
by John F. Taylor

A deficit in attention sounds worse than easily distracted or overly active. This book helps take the weight from this heavy label. Practical tips are given for taking care of oneself, making friends, taking medication if needed, doing better in school including the challenge of homework, etc. Although it is a reference book for children and parents and teachers to use with the child, the illustrations, text, stories, and quizzes appeal to children.

Books for Parents and Other Educators

Parenting Children With Adhd: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach
by Vincent J. Monastra, Ph.D.

There are important lessons that medicine cannot teach. This book helps parents make sense of different perspectives including balanced information on the medication issue, diet, etc. The author shares questionnaires, checklists, guideline lists for 504 plans, and other useful ideas.

101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces: At the Doctor's Office, on Car, Train, and Plane Trips, Home Sick in Bed


101 Actividades Para Entretener a Tu Hijo En Lugares Cerrados
by Carol S. Kranowitz, M.A.

ADD/ADHD Checklist: An Easy Reference for Parents and Teachers
by Sandra F. Rief, M.A.

This easy reference is more complete than the term, checklist, implies. Parents and teachers enjoy this reader-friendly guide. Topics in the subject index include medication alternatives, strategies, etc.

ADD/ADHD Behavior Change Resource Kit: Ready-to-use Strategies and Activities for Helping Children
by Grad L. Flick, Ph.D.

Parents, teachers, and counselors and parents use this kit to better understand ADHD and to help children develop strategies. It describes diagnostic procedures and treatment options. Training exercises and checklists help children learn more effective behaviors.

Understanding Girls with ADHD
by Kathleen G. Nadeau

Too often, girls with ADHD are not properly diagnosed. Their special needs and issues are addressed in this book along with information about the effects on school and social relations. Read the enthusiastic reviews at Amazon.

12 Effective Ways to Help Your Add/Adhd Child: Drug-Free Alternatives for Attention-Deficit Disorders


Cómo ayudar a los niños con ADD y ADHD
by Laura J. Stevens and William G. Crook

    See 18 sample pages of the English edition at Amazon.com. Read about sugar issues, nutritious snacks, the importance of more protein in the diet, and other effective ways of helping children with ADD and ADHD.

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