ADHD - Living without Brakes

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843108733
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 780,248
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin L. Kutscher MD is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology of New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, and has worked in the Rye Brook, New York area since 1987, with children who have special neurological needs. Dr Kutscher is board certified in Pediatrics and in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology. He received his BA from Columbia University, his MD from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed a pediatric residency at Temple University's St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. His neurology residency and pediatric neurology fellowship were completed at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar, and More! The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals and Children with Seizures: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals, both also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Success is When the Family Stays Together     11
The ADHD Iceberg: More Problems Than We Expected     15
We've been missing the point     15
Redefining ADHD to include "executive dysfunction"     16
What are the different kinds of problems in ADHD?     20
"Will it be okay?" Onward to therapy for ADHD     44
Pop quiz on executive functions     45
Rule #1: Keep It Positive     49
Bad and good news     49
Keep it positive     50
Get "a kick" out of your child     50
Use positive reinforcement when possible     51
Keep it positive by redirecting before the problem occurs     51
Seek first to understand, then react     51
Maintain a disability outlook     53
Minimize frustrations by taking a realistic look at the child you get every day     55
Don't take the difficult behaviors as personal affronts     55
Forgive yourself daily     55
Keep your relational bank account in the positive     56
Don't be a nasty cop     56
Minimize arguments with the "no-fault" approach     56
Punishment is not your chance to inflict misery: it is your chance to improve your child's upcoming decisions     57
Avoid the "resentment treadmill"     58
If it's not actually useful, don't do it     58
Avoid the "four cardinal sins"     59
Take steps to avoid lying     60
Behavioral reward systems     60
Remember that some of the difficult child/adolescent behavior is simply normal     61
Review this text, and others, periodically     61
Top principles of ADHD management     62
The chances for success are good     63
Pop quiz on lying     63
Rule #2: Keep It Calm     67
People don't think clearly when they are overwhelmed     67
Major Rule #2: Keep it calm     68
The Collaborative Problem Solving approach     74
Pop quiz on keeping it calm: the "Sheetrock Index"     82
Rule #3: Keep It Organized and Other School Treatments     85
Disorganization is virtually built into the definition of ADHD     85
Don't confuse disorganization with "He doesn't care."     86
"Sink or swim" does not work for kids with disabilities     86
The five major components of an organizational system     87
Convert assignment pads into time schedules     90
Use resource room or a classroom aide to give ongoing skills support for classified children     91
Allow the child to expediently make up missed work     92
Failing is 65, not 0     93
Teacher/parent communication in "real-time" is essential     93
Appropriately handling missed work will help the parents greatly     93
ADHD accommodations other than organizational support     94
Encourage use of a word processor     98
"Section 504" accommodations     99
IDEA classification     99
Pop quiz on school and ADHD     100
Rule #4: Keep It Going     103
They already know what to do. They just can't do it     103
Keep providing help for deficits at the moment it is needed     104
Provide a safety net     104
Be patient. This is the 50-year plan     106
Medication Treatments for ADHD     107
Thoughts on medicating little children     107
How do ADHD medications work?     110
What are the benefits of medication?     112
What are the side effects of stimulant medications?     113
The different "stimulant" medications     115
Other medications for ADHD     119
For Kids to Read     123
What happened to my brakes?     123
Why don't I see problems coming?     125
What other problems are common for ADHD kids?     126
What can we do about it?     126
Summary     131
We've been missing the point     131
Redefining ADHD to include "executive dysfunction"     132
What are the different kinds of problems in ADHD?     135
Non-medical treatments for ADHD     150
Keep it positive     151
Keep it calm     156
Keep it organized     157
Keep it going     161
Medication treatments for ADHD     161
Top principles     163
Conclusion: "Doctor, will it all be OK?"     165
Behavioral Checklist     167
Childhood Index of Executive Functions (ChIEF)     169
Further Reading: Books and Internet Resources     171
References     177
About the Author     181
About the Illustrator     183
Index     185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    The real life of ADHD

    Easy to read, described the life setting for a child with ADHD. Helpful in understanding how to make life changes with ADHD. Outstanding tool for the understanding of ADHD.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    I read this book over 2 years ago, and LOVED it! It described my

    I read this book over 2 years ago, and LOVED it! It described my child to a tee. The author was very easy to read and understand. I highly recommend this book to everybody. This book should be a must read for anyone working with kids with ADHD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great first book on the subject

    Simple, precise, and very easy to understand and follow.
    Highly recommended as first book on the subject.
    A must have for anyone living with an ADHDer.

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