Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD [NOOK Book]


There’s lots of help out there for kids with ADHD, but getting it isn’t always easy. Where can you turn when you’ve mastered the basics and “doing everything right” isn’t enough--the insurer denies your claims, parent-teacher meetings get tense, or those motivating star charts no longer encourage good behavior?


Dr. Peter Jensen has spent years generating ways to make the healthcare and education systems work--as the father of a son with ADHD and as a scientific expert and...

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There’s lots of help out there for kids with ADHD, but getting it isn’t always easy. Where can you turn when you’ve mastered the basics and “doing everything right” isn’t enough--the insurer denies your claims, parent-teacher meetings get tense, or those motivating star charts no longer encourage good behavior?


Dr. Peter Jensen has spent years generating ways to make the healthcare and education systems work--as the father of a son with ADHD and as a scientific expert and dedicated parent advocate. No one knows more about managing the complexities of the disorder and the daily hurdles it raises. Now Dr. Jensen pools his own experiences with those of over 80 other parents to help you troubleshoot the system without reinventing the wheel. From breaking through bureaucratic bottlenecks at school to advocating for your child’s healthcare needs, this straightforward, compassionate guide is exactly the resource you’ve been looking for.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Jensen (child psychiatry, Columbia Univ.) aims to help parents solve problems encountered when dealing with the professionals who work with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); he wants readers to realize that doctors, teachers, therapists, and insurance companies should work for them. Acknowledging the limited resources of some and the unwillingness of others, Jensen provides solid tips and a great deal of information based on his practice, his experience as a parent of a child with ADHD, and input from many other parents. The author's experience on both sides of the fence gives the book strength and authority, as do the extensive appendixes listing resources, organizations and books, sample letters, and an example of a school accommodation plan for children with ADHD. While Russell Barkley's Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents helps readers understand ADHD, Jensen's book assists them in getting the best care possible. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Maryse Breton, Ann Arbor, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Susan Fielkow, MD, FAAC (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a reference to assist parents in advocating for the needs of their child with ADHD. The book addresses system-related issues involving schools, home, physicians and other healthcare providers. It is structured to be a resource tool to be used along with other more comprehensive books on ADHD.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a reference for parents and other primary caregivers of children with ADHD to help them advocate for meeting a child's needs in various settings. By better understanding the system, be it school or healthcare, the caregiver can better provide for the child's specific needs. The book does a good job of outlining the elements of systems involved and the way parents can best deal with them. Highlighted information is placed in summary squares throughout the text, relevant questions are posed and then answered, and organized examples of action plans are provided.
Audience: The target audience includes parents or primary caregivers of children with ADHD. Anyone who wishes to better understand how to advocate for the needs of children with ADHD would benefit from reading this book.
Features: The book is organized in a fairly systematic way to assist parents in advocating for their child with ADHD. Often questions are posed to spark parents' interest on an issue and then the questions are answered, helping the parent to carefully navigate through the system. Summaries and salient points are placed in highlighted squares, and action plans are often placed at the end of chapters. The book assists parents with school issues (including homework, peers, teachers, and accommodations), medical concerns (including healthcare providers, medications, and appointments), and home, family, and social concerns. It is easy to read and use as a reference
Assessment: The book provides a more comprehensive reference for parents' needs as an advocate for their children. As stated by the author, it is not meant to replace more descriptive books about ADHD, but rather to be adjunct to them, dealing more specifically with system-related issues. It is well done and I will add it to my recommended reading for parents of children with ADHD.
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"Finally, a book that really talks about what parents have to do to make things work when their child has been diagnosed with ADHD! This is an amazing book, and every parent whose child has ADHD should read this and apply it. I wish I had had this guide at the start of the process in my own family, but I am glad that others will have it, hopefully much earlier in their own process. Thank you, Dr. Jensen, and thank you to all the parents whose marvelous and moving stories are included here. This book is a godsend."--Barbara Huff, Executive Director, Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

"A practical, helpful, and easy-to-understand book that informs parents and helps them take charge of their child's care. Many excellent strategies are provided to enhance parents' effectiveness as decision makers and advocates."--Patricia H. Latham, JD, coauthor of Attention Deficit Disorder and the Law

"This must-read book acknowledges that 'ADHD is not a sprint; it's a marathon.' Comprehensive and clear, it outlines a sane and safe approach to tackling all the tough issues you face as a parent: making medication decisions, safeguarding your child's educational rights, and much more. You'll especially enjoy Dr. Jensen's real-life anecdotes, particularly those about coping with his own son's ADHD."--Ellen Kingsley, Editor-in-Chief, ADDitude Magazine

"This is an exceptional book on a sadly overlooked topic that cries out for serious attention. Thank you, Dr. Jensen, for so richly filling this void for parents of children with ADHD. Few could rival Dr. Jensen's qualifications--as clinical professional, government insider, and sensitive parent--for writing this highly informative book that guides parents through the byzantine process of obtaining professional assistance for their child through the health care, educational, and community systems. Parents, take note: there is simply no comparable book on this topic, and none so useful. I only wish I had written it."--Russell A. Barkley, PhD, author of Taking Charge of ADHD; Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina

"Dr. Jensen is one of the smartest and wisest child psychiatrists around. In this groundbreaking book, he gives parents his authoritative knowledge in a form they can easily use and reliably turn to. This book guides you through the wilderness of looking for help, and will bring you to the help you may have been seeking for years. This book is a masterpiece, and best of all, it is practical, useful, and unpretentious."--Edward Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction

"This is the best book I have ever seen that gives you the 'inside story' on getting the help you need for your child with ADHD. Dr. Jensen and his panel of expert parents show you how to navigate the system like a pro--and offer reassurance that you're not in this alone. This book helps parents and caregivers orchestrate a master plan for the care of their child and develop key partnerships within healthcare and educational settings. Kudos to Dr. Jensen and the many parents who share their thoughts, feelings, and stories in these pages."--Beth A. Kaplanek, RN, mother of a child with ADHD and past president of CHADD

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462512393
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Series: Making the System Work for Your Child
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 891,328
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter S. Jensen, MD, is Director of the Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health and Ruane Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Previously, he was Associate Director of Child and Adolescent Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he was the lead NIMH investigator on a major study of the treatment of ADHD. He is the author or editor of numerous scientific articles and books; has received prestigious national awards for his research, writing, and teaching; and serves on the board of directors of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), among other organizations. This book is the first in a new series edited by Dr. Jensen, "Making the System Work for Your Child."
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Table of Contents

I. Taking Charge of Getting Help for Your Child
1. Nowhere to Turn?: Why It's So Hard to Get the Help Your Child Deserves and What You Can Do About It
2. Principles of Action for the Expert Parent
3. Developing a Plan for Your Child: How to Use Your Knowledge of Yourself and Your Child to Get the Best Care Available
4. What You Need to Get Started: Essential Tools and Resources for the Expert Parent
II. What to Expect and How to Get What Your Child Needs
5. Getting the Best from the Healthcare System
6. Getting the Best from Your Child's Education
7. Getting the Best Out of Your Home and Family Life
8. Getting the Best from All the Rest
9. Looking Ahead
Appendix A. Parent/Advocacy Organizations and Resources You Need to Know About
Appendix B. Funding- and Insurance-Related Resources You Need to Know About
Appendix C. Legal/Advocacy Resources You Need to Know About
Appendix D. Useful Books
Appendix E. Using Behavioral Strategies to Help Your Child Improve His or Her Behavior
Appendix F. Sample Section 504/ADA Accommodation Plan
Appendix G. Table of Psychiatric Disorders, Symptoms, and Proven Treatments
Appendix H. Sample Letters
Appendix I. Ways to Become Involved
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    Very helpful...thank you

    This book was recommended to me by a friend who also has child with ADD/ADHD. She lent me her copy, but I then I bought my own because I wanted to underline it and write notes in the was fantastic! Dr. Jensen has a real practical, but wise approach to ADHD, and it is quite obvious that he 'has been there' like other parents. Most other books are up in the clouds and really don't get to the problems in the schools, with the medical system, and even with in-laws that I've had to deal with. His problem solving tips are excellent, and I got a lot of new ideas I haven't seen anywhere else. Rachel W, Austin, TX

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2004

    Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD (Making the System Work for Your Child Series)

    Dr. Jensen and all of you parents that contributed to this book, THANK YOU so much. This is not a pie in the sky, doctor-knows-best book that is inaccessible and full of jargon. It is funny, friendly, and practical. I cried reading several of the parents' stories, because I see you have been there, and your insights are right where I am at and what I need right now. I've bought 3 copies for my fellow soccer-mom friends as Christmas presents. On my budget, that's saying something, but this book is the first one to give me hope, and lets me see 'I can do it too!'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    This book delivers!

    I've read about 9 books on ADHD, and despite the hype you get on all these books from the cover, here is one that delivers. I've cleaned out my shelf, and am just keeping this one. It's very common-sense and readable, and organized the way my life is...home, school, doctor, friends and extended family, and even great advice on dealing with my boss when Kevin deals me a school crisis during MY workday. I was really inspired by the quotes and advice from other parents, and have begun to think, maybe I can get through this. Other parents' advice and hints were great, and I got some new ideas and even letters to use with my hard-nosed, no-help school system. I also used one of the letters in the back of the book to challenge my insurance company's reimbursement and it worked, more than paying for the book ten times over on this my last batch of insurance claims! The other thing that is that Dr. Jensen walks you through all the problems, and offers tips from himself and dozens of other parents, how they solved the problems, and then what they did when that didn't work. Cool! They thought of everything! 5 stars. Sondy M.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD (Making the System Work for Your Child Series)

    As a parent of a child with ADD and suffering from ADD myself, this book was different and helpful. Almost all other books I have read thus far about ADD and ADDH have been somewhat depressing and discouraging, and many so-called ADD experts paint kids with ADD as having broken brains. This book presents a much more upbeat but practical view, with lots of tips and advice from the author's own experience as a parent and doctor. Better yet, Jensen gives us many direct quotes, straight from the hearts of dozens of other parents whose words were, to put bluntly, inspiring. This approach made me believe that me and my two sons with ADD/ADDH could do great things despite ADD, and that ADHD needn't always be such a bad thing, and might have some good parts about it. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    A good read, and down to earth...

    I've been thru several ADD books, and this one is the best so far. I like the practical, problem-solving tips the book gives for those times when you run into road blocks. FWIW, Dr. Jenson seems to a bit more down to earth than a lot of the well-meaning advice-givers I have run across up to this point in some of the other books.

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  • Posted April 28, 2014

    Making the System Work For Your Child With ADHD has been the bes

    Making the System Work For Your Child With ADHD has been the best book I have read on the topic and I highly recommend it for ALL teachers because they will encounter a child with ADHD sooner than later in their classroom and for ALL parents because they will very likely encounter a child with ADHD as their child's classmate, friend or neighbor. Have bought three books for my best friend who is a grandmother to a six year old boy with ADHD, the mother of the boy and her other adult daughter who is trying to help her sister parent the boy. If you are a parent, family member or friend, this book is MANDATORY reading!

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