Attention, Girls!: A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD

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Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Written specifically for tween-aged girls, this book provides reassurance and helpful guidelines for girls who are having problems at home, school, or in relationships due to their Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). The author of several books on attention disorders, Quinn is a developmental pediatrician who also has AD/HD and so offers a model of someone who has overcome many of the same difficulties that she describes in the book. She presents an age-appropriate explanation of AD/HD as a problem with brain chemistry and discusses why it often looks different in girls than in boys. She introduces several fictional characters who each have a slightly different constellation of symptoms and behaviors as a result of their AD/HD. Lots of specific ideas for getting help from others, helping yourself, dealing with feelings, and possibly getting medication to improve functioning are provided. Like other books from the American Psychological Association's Magination Press, this one is well produced. The manga-like images of various girls by Carl Pearce utilize a contemporary style and reflect cultural diversity. Color is also used to highlight key points, hints, and checklists in the text. Several pages of reading suggestions for girls and their parents follow the text. This book should be in any school library supporting this age group. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Gr 5–8—Quinn has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is a medical doctor; she addresses the types of AD/HD; who can help; differences between girls and boys with AD/HD; making friends; talking with adults about the condition; relaxation techniques; and medication. Her aim is to give girls a variety of ways to manage their disorders. She has created fictional AD/HD girls with various problems and situations that readers might face and then provides a variety of solutions. She suggests that her book does not need to be read in chapter order and that girls should begin with the topics of their greatest concern. The book is attractive and inviting with colorful cartoon illustrations, sidebars, and highlighted reminders. Beth Walker's The Girls' Guide to AD/HD (Woodbine, 2005) covers most of the same topics, but is not as visually appealing.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433804489
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 119
  • Sales rank: 236,036
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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