Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Books & Resources
What can I do to help my child?
Don’t wait for a diagnosis—start addressing your child’s symptoms today
Regularly get up and get moving with your child
Establish structure and consistent daily routines at home
Learn how your child’s diet can affect ADHD symptoms
Ensure your child gets enough restful sleep
Talk to your child’s teachers about managing symptoms at school
Seek face-to-face support from family and friends
Children with ADHD may be:
Inattentive, but not hyperactive or impulsive.
Hyperactive and impulsive, but able to pay attention.
Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive (the most common form of ADHD).
Children who only have inattentive symptoms of ADHD are often overlooked, since they’re not disruptive. However, the symptoms of inattention have consequences: getting in hot water with parents and teachers for not following directions; underperforming in school; or clashing with other kids over not playing by the rules.
Symptoms of inattention in children:
Has trouble staying focused; is easily distracted or gets bored with a task before it’s completed
Appears not to listen when spoken to
Has difficulty remembering things and following instructions; doesn’t pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes
Has trouble staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects
Frequently loses or misplaces homework, books, toys, or other items
Symptoms of hyperactivity in children:
Constantly fidgets and squirms
Has difficulty sitting still, playing quietly, or relaxing
Moves around constantly, often runs or climbs inappropriately
May have a quick temper or “short fuse”
Symptoms of impulsivity in children:
Acts without thinking
Guesses, rather than taking time to solve a problem or blurts out answers in class without waiting to be called on or hear the whole question
Intrudes on other people’s conversations or games
Often interrupts others; says the wrong thing at the wrong time
Inability to keep powerful emotions in check, resulting in angry outbursts or temper tantrums
Establish structure and stick to it
Help your child stay focused and organized by following daily routines, simplifying your child’s schedule, and keeping your child busy with healthy activities.
What is a picture schedule?
A Picture Schedule is a series of pictures that are sequenced in an order either horizontally or vertically for a specific purpose. They can be used in many different ways. Some may show a series of tasks to complete a job or a sequence of activities to do. Picture Schedules can be applied to behavior, curriculum, and therapy. There is clear research evidence regarding the benefits of using visual schedules with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). It tells your child what is going to happen and the order of events. Some of you may have children that are able to memorize a sequence of events. The problem with this is that (especially as they get older) most things in life do not happen in the same order or at the same time every day. This can then lead to behavior problems when unexpected changes occur. Using a visual schedule can develop a positive routine of looking for information and thus increase flexibility and the ability to cope with life’s ups and downs in the future.
What types of picture schedules are there?
-Object schedules: These are most appropriate for individuals who have few language skills and are mostly non-verbal. The simplest way to use an object schedule is for the parent to hand an object to their son or daughter just before they are about to move to the next activity. The individual then takes the object and uses it in the activity. The main thing to think about with an object schedule is making a list of which objects you are going to use to represent each activity.
-Picture schedules: You will know if your child is ready for a picture or photograph schedule if they can consistently match pictures or photographs. Your child pulls off the first picture and then goes to the activity that it represents. If your son or daughter is distractible, and likely to lose focus on the way to an activity, you can use a matching picture schedule. In this type of schedule, you place an identical picture in the area they are going to (or at the doorway if for example they are going outside). They then take their picture and match it to the one you have mounted in the area. Velcro can be used to make the pictures stick to each other.
-Sequence picture schedules: This is used with 2 or more pictures with empty boxes above. Then the child or parent puts them in order of what activities they will perform first, second, and third.
-Strip picture schedules: The most common ones are steps to completing potty training, hand washing, getting dressed, etc. There is a series of pictures on a strip and after each step has been completed on they take off the picture on the strip.
-Checklist picture schedules: For this picture schedule, there is a list of pictures that are put down vertically. Then there is an empty box next to each picture. This is helpful for morning chores, shopping list, steps to be successful in a store or in a restaurant.
You can make a picture schedule for almost any task, chore, schedule.
Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD
This third edition of reflects changes in understanding of ADHD and in our approach to its treatment.. While the majority of what's written about ADHD emphasizes behaviors that bother adults, this book emphasises those aspects of ADHD that are troublesome to the children, trying to look at the world more from their point of view.
Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks!
Meet Marvin, a lovable monster wit
Meet Marvin, a lovable monster with a twelve-string baby fang guitar, a rambunctious case of ADHD, and a diary to record it all. His teachers scold him, his parents don't know what to do with him, and his sister is convinced he was raised by triple-tailed monkeys. In short, Marvin's life is feeling out of control until a secret formula changes everything.
In the same humorous spirit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks! (And I Win, Big Time). Using the "monstercam" and "ST4" techniques developed by Dr. Raun Melmed of the Melmed Center in Arizona, Marvin's Monster Diary teaches kids how to be mindful, observe their surroundings, and take time to think about their actions. Marvin's hilarious doodles and diary entries chronicle his delightful adventures, misadventures, and eventual triumph in a funny, relatable way. It's the one book on ADHD that kids will actually want to read!
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD
What are ADHD? What does it mean to have ADHD? How can kids diagnosed with ADHD help themselves succeed in school, get along better at home, and form healthy, enjoyable relationships with peers? In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, this book helps kids know they’re not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes real-life scenarios, quizzes, and a special message for parents.
Cory Stories: A Kid's Book About Living With Adhd
In short statements and vignettes, Cory describes what it's like to have ADHD: how it affects his relationships with friends and family, his school performance, and his overall functioning. He also describes many ways of coping with ADHD: medication, therapy/counseling, and practical tips for school, home, and friendships.
The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control (Instant Help)
All kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) want to manage their symptoms in order to get along better with others, build confidence, and succeed in school, but most don't have the skills they need to get their impulsive behavior under control. The ADHD Workbook for Kids offers a simple way to help children with ADHD learn these critical skills in just ten minutes a day.
This workbook includes more than forty activities for kids developed by child psychologist Lawrence Shapiro that can help your child with ADHD handle everyday tasks, make friends, and build self-esteem while he or she learns to overcome the most challenging aspects of the disorder. Alone or with your help, your child can complete one ten-minute activity each day to learn how to make good decisions and discover easy techniques for staying focused when it's time to pay attention.
Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets
ADD / ADHD? Creative Thinking? Mover and Shaker? David doesn't know how he ends up in such situations. At the time, it just seems like a great idea. His teacher, Mrs. Gorski, has had about enough; he can tell by the way her voice changes when she speaks to him. This time, he believes that he has come up with the best idea yet. The perfect plan to make everything better.
Putting on the Brakes Activity Book for Kids with Add or ADHD
This guide is packed with useful and empowering lessons/skills kids can apply to and implement in their daily lives. It shows kids all of the ways they can take control of their AD/HD - the Activity Book teaches them that they have choices that can immensely improve their everyday life.
Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, Dr. Barkley helps you:
*Make sense of your child's symptoms.
*Get an accurate diagnosis.
*Work with school and health care professionals to get needed support.
*Learn parenting techniques that promote better behavior.
*Strengthen your child's academic and social skills.
*Use rewards and incentives effectively.
*Restore harmony at home.
Raising Boys with ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Sons
Written by two professionals who have "been there and done that" with their own sons with ADHD, "Raising Boys With ADHD" empowers parents to help their sons with ADHD find success in school and beyond. The book covers topics not often found in other parenting guides such as the preschool years and early diagnosis and strategies for teens transitioning to work and college. Filled with practical knowledge, resources, and tools needed to help parents address the many strengths and challenges of boys with ADHD, this book provides parents with encouragement and hope for the future.
Mindful Parenting for ADHD: A Guide to Cultivating Calm, Reducing Stress, and Helping Children Thrive
If you are a parent of a child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably face many unique daily challenges. Kids with ADHD are often inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive, since ADHD affects all of self-management and self-regulation. As a result, you might become chronically frustrated or stressed out, which makes caring for ADHD that much harder. In this book, a developmental pediatrician presents a proven-effective program for helping both you and your child with ADHD stay cool and collected while remaining flexible, resilient, and mindful.
Bertin addresses the various symptoms of ADHD using non-technical language and a user-friendly format. In addition, he offers guidelines to help you assess your child's strengths and weaknesses, create plans for building skills and managing specific challenges, lower stress levels for both yourself and your child, communicate effectively, and cultivate balance and harmony at home and at school.
If you are a parent, caregiver, or mental health professional, this book provides a valuable guide.
Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Monastra has treated more than 15,000 clients who have ADHD. In this indispensable book he shares the knowledge he has gained. Engaging and straightforward, the book is directed at parents of children who have, or might have, ADHD. In a conversational style, Monastra offers a series of sequential lessons, beginning with the causes of ADHD and the most common medical treatments. He discusses all the relevant issues for parents, including psychological treatment, diet, educational laws, and practical coping strategies for both parents and children.
The Autism & ADHD Diet: A Step-by-Step Guide to Hope and Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF) and Other Interventions
This is what parents are saying about an amazing diet that is showing extraordinary results in helping children eliminate many traits and symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, celiac disease, and other conditions. The Gluten-Free, Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet, as well as removing all artificial dyes and preservatives, is hugely effective for thousands of families.
The Autism & ADHD Diet is your complete guide to the GFCF Diet. Barrie Silberberg, a mother who honed her skills using the GFCF Diet with her son, who was diagnosed with ASD, gives you everything you need to know to put the diet into action with your child, including:
- What the GFCF Diet is and why it's so effective
- How to start the diet
- Where and how to buy GFCF foods
- How to avoid cross-contamination
- How to understand labels on packaging
- How to make this diet work day-to-day
The ADD & ADHD Answer Book: Professional Answers to 275 of the Top Questions Parents Ask
--What can I do to help my child now?
--What are the symptoms of ADD?
--What questions will the doctor ask me about my child?
--Do children with AD/HD qualify for special education?
--Should I medicate my child?
ADD and ADHD are estimated to affect at least 3 to 7 percent of school-age children and the amount of information available on the subject can be overwhelming, confusing and oftentimes, conflicting. The ADD & ADHD Answer Book is a reassuring, authoritative reference for you and your family, providing sound advice and immediate answers to your most pressing questions. The book also includes questionnaires and checklists to help you get the most out of your child's evaluation.
Written in an easy-to-read question and answer format, The ADD & ADHD Answer Book helps you understand your child's illness and develop a plan to help them succeed.
Bouncy Bands for Chair
Bouncy Bands for Chairs help students move while they work. Children enjoy bouncing their feet and feeling the tension to relieve their anxiety, hyperactivity, frustration, or boredom. The support pipes attach to the Bouncy Band to prevent them from slipping off the chair legs and becoming a nuisance. The support pipes are 4" long and 1.5" in diameter. Chairs can still be stacked and moved as normal. Bouncy Bands are easy to install, since the loops and tubes quickly slide up the 2 front legs of the chair. The band stretches to fit chairs with legs 14-18" apart. Teachers love how Bouncy Bands for Chairs are quiet and don't disturb or distract other students. Bouncy Bands are 100% safe. They are latex free and since children put their feet on the front two legs, it prevents them from leaning backwards (and falling).
Focus Fox - Wiggle Seats for Active Kids // ADHD, Autism, SPD
PROVEN FOR FOCUS - Parents, teachers, and school counselors alike have found wiggle seats to increase focus among kids with ADHD, Autism, and Sensory Processing Disorder, as well as many other active children. SENSORY WHILE SITTING - Focus Fox seats feature two levels of sensory bumps on each side. These provide the stimulation that many kids can benefit from while sitting still. DURABLE YET COMFORTABLE - Watch out for generic wiggle seats or stability cushions known to leak air. Focus Fox seats are made with premium plastic that is still soft to the touch. THE PERFECT FIT - Use the free included pump to adjust the air pressure for child’s preference. At 13” in diameter, Focus Fox is a great fit for just about any chair at school or home. DEVELOPS GREAT POSTURE HABITS - The micro-movements involved for light balance promote sitting up straight and strengthen the core, protecting against poor habits like slouching.