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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Fielkow, MD, FAAC (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book is specifically written for girls aged approximately 6 to 15 with ADHD. It is creatively written to hold young readers' interest and is organized into short chapters that cover topics from definitions to neuroanatomy and neurochemistry to social/behavioral issues.
Purpose: It is designed to help girls better understand and handle issues related to ADHD. By presenting the information in an entertaining format, the author meets the objective of targeting an audience that depends on interest-based attention. Girls with ADHD are informed about the disorders in a very positive and constructive manner.
Audience: As the title indicates, the book is clearly written for girls with ADHD. The book can also be read by parents, teachers, counselors, and by practitioners to broaden their understanding of ADHD from the perspective of young girls.
Features: The book employs a creative, entertaining and witty style to educate girls on the topic of ADHD. Three different character types representing traits that are often typical of girls with ADHD are interjected throughout the text to make comments to reinforce information. The book covers a wide range of topics, including defining ADHD, neuroanatomy and neurochemical aspects of the disorder, medications, and social and academic issues. All topics are specifically addressed from the perspective of the young female with ADHD.
Assessment: This is a uniquely creative and entertaining book directed at girls with the disorder. It is written in a way to sustain attention while providing valuable, basic information. It is a valuable addition to the wide range of more didactic literature and will definitely be added to my list of recommended references for this group of patients.