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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.