The Girls' Guide to AD/HD

The Girls' Guide to AD/HD

by Beth Walker

Attention, girls with AD/HD! Finally there is a book written especially for you--a for-your-eyes-only look at what it is like to have AD/HD, and great advice on how to cope with it. THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO AD/HD explores the good stuff, not-so-good stuff, normal stuff, brain stuff, and truthfully, the stuff that isn't in any other book out there on AD/HD. ReallySee more details below


Attention, girls with AD/HD! Finally there is a book written especially for you--a for-your-eyes-only look at what it is like to have AD/HD, and great advice on how to cope with it. THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO AD/HD explores the good stuff, not-so-good stuff, normal stuff, brain stuff, and truthfully, the stuff that isn't in any other book out there on AD/HD. Really!

So what makes this book different? It is funny, honest, and written especially for girls, not for their parents. It presents all the must-know information about AD/HD in a style that girls in junior, middle, or high school will understand and want to read. An important first step is to get to know how AD/HD affects girls in particular. They might be some combination of dreamy, forgetful, emotional, messy, depressed, talkative, distractible, or fidgety. They might also have trouble starting and finishing homework and chores, falling asleep and getting up, or fitting in with peers. Recognizing this mix of characteristics, the book presents information using three different girl characters--Maddy, Helen, and Bo--each with a unique personality and combination of AD/HD traits.

Maddy, Helen, and Bo cover all there is to know, including:
What AD/HD is like for girls
How the AD/HD brain works
How puberty compounds problems with AD/HD
How counseling, coaching, and medications help
How to deal with emotions from anger to anxiety to depression
What advantages there are to having AD/HD
How to cope with school and homework
How to get along with family and friends

Armed with this knowledge about AD/HD and the unbeatable advice found in this book, girls will be ready to accept theimpact of AD/HD and decide how they are going to deal with it. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it! THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO AD/HD should be essential reading for girls, but also for parents, counselors, teachers, psychologists, and anyone who knows a girl with AD/HD and wants to understand her better.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
Children's Literature - Alison Wilber
Written in a conversational style from the perspective of a teenage girl with a strong sense of humor and sarcasm, this book was written by the mother of a girl who has AD/HD to be a support for middle or high school girls who are dealing with the challenges of the disorder. It does use advanced vocabulary and nonliteral language, which may be a challenge for girls who have AD/HD along with other learning disabilities. The book maintains an easy-to-read format, including chapters broken into subheadings, factoid boxes, self-quizzes, advice column excerpts, chapter summaries, etc. However, it is possible that the organization of the page layout, using footnotes, and a quiz or fact box that may interrupt a sentence or paragraph, may be confusing or feel disorganized to a reader with AD/HD. The book focuses on teaching research in a friendly way and encourages the reader's healthy perspective of not feeling at fault, but taking responsibility for challenges faced in dealing with AD/HD. Topics addressed include what AD/HD means, brain geography and chemistry, "Teenager Brain," emotions, treatment options and considerations, the positives about AD/HD, getting along with family and friends, and school survival tactics. The book teaches about the diagnosis and how it manifests in teenage girls, models a willingness to find humor in oneself, and provides many strategies for overcoming the core deficits of AD/HD. It includes discussions of the importance of self-advocacy, teaching others about AD/HD, focusing on social skills, and developing compensatory mechanisms, etc. Resources are given as part of the text for girls to have access to additional information. Reviewer: Alison Wilber
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Walker covers a wide spectrum of topics to provide both technical and practical facts about AD/HD. Although the information is comprehensive, it may be too overwhelming for girls who have difficulty attacking larger tasks (like reading such a dense book). The writing style varies, but generally Walker tries to be conversational and teen-friendly. The text is written from the viewpoint of Maddy, a fictional character with AD/HD. Sprinkled throughout are "conversations" among her and two of her friends, also girls with AD/HD. Sometimes these discussions work, sometimes they don't (the voice tries hard to be cool, but may end up sounding flip). Despite the chatty tone, much of the narrative seems to target an adult audience and would make a good resource for parents, teachers, and other school staff. There are many good things about this book, but its cluttered layout makes it challenging for its intended audience.-Mary Hazelton, Warren Community School and Miller Elementary School, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Woodbine House
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6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)
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13 - 18 Years

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