Maybe You Know My Teen: A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Adolescent with Attention Deficit Hyperactivitydisorder

Maybe You Know My Teen: A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Adolescent with Attention Deficit Hyperactivitydisorder

by Mary Fowler
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

From the author of the highly successful Maybe You Know My Kid comes a desperately needed follow-up–the first comprehensive guide for dealing with the unique challenges of raising an adolescent with ADHD.

Adolescence is a tumultuous turning point for everyone, but for teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it can be especiallySee more details below

Overview

From the author of the highly successful Maybe You Know My Kid comes a desperately needed follow-up–the first comprehensive guide for dealing with the unique challenges of raising an adolescent with ADHD.

Adolescence is a tumultuous turning point for everyone, but for teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it can be especially challenging, and for some of their parents, downright terrifying. Predictably, stress ensues over inconsistent or poor school performance and over inevitable decisions regarding higher education and life after high school. Adolescents with ADHD get more traffic tickets, have higher school-expulsion and drop-out rates, and are more likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs.

Maybe You Know My Teen brims with management strategies for parents new to ADHD as well as those who have coped with it throughout their child’s life. Explaining the roots of the disorder clearly and extensively, while discussing situations most likely to cause symptoms to manifest themselves, ADHD authority Mary Fowler presents step-by-step advice, along with in-depth personal stories and first-person advice from leading experts in the field. This is the one-of-a-kind lifesaver thousands have been awaiting.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Unlike her first book, Maybe You Know My Kid, which described her personal experience in rearing a son with ADHD and sold more than 75,000 copies, here Fowler distills the most up-to-date information from researchers worldwide and testimony from parents of teens with ADHD in a comprehensive resource. In part one of her book, Fowler reminds readers that ADHD is a result of neurobiological events that affect a teen's actions, "rather than deliberate choice or stupidity," and provides an overview of the disorder and the available medical treatments. In part two, she skillfully guides parents through various ADHD-related issues how to decide which medical treatment to pursue and what to do if the teen is uncooperative; sexuality; money management; schoolwork; college searches; jobs; legal issues stressing that while there is still no cure, parents can help their teenage sons and daughters measurably improve the quality of their lives. A former secondary-school teacher and tireless advocate for children with ADHD, their parents and their teachers, Fowler is not the smoothest writer, but her personal voice offers a welcome respite from the parade of experts quoted. Providing a wealth of realistic, compassionate strategies and tactics for caring for an adolescent with ADHD, Fowler has created an all-encompassing yet easy-to-use guide. Parents would be wise to read this book from cover to cover first and then refer to the "information links" or special highlighted sections that lead to more in-depth information as necessary. (On-sale date: Aug. 21) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
Appears not to listen. Loses needed things. Is in perpetual motion. Interrupts others. Does this description sound like any teen you know? Probably so, and that is precisely why AD/HD is so difficult to recognize during the teen years. Here Fowler explains clearly how this disorder differs from normal teen development. As in her previous book, Maybe You Know My Kid, Fowler combines facts with a healthy dose of empathy. In the earlier book, she shares with readers an in-depth account of her own son's struggles with AD/HD. In this book, however, she uses examples of anonymous teens but retains the deeply personal tone. This approach creates a friendly format. The book is divided into three main areas:history and discussion of the AD/HD disorder, family life, and life outside of the family. Chapters are broken by subheadings to make information easily accessible. Valuable practical hints, called "Try This," are set apart from the main body of text. There are also information links to Web sites, books, and periodicals. Certainly Fowler answers a need with this excellent book. For libraries that provide materials for parents, teachers, or professionals that work with teens, this resource would be an essential purchase. Index. Further Reading. 2001, Broadway Books/Bantam, 360p, $14.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer:Diane Masla—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
Library Journal
Seasoned parents know that teenagers are different from children. The management strategies that work well with grade-schoolers need to be modified as they grow. Unfortunately, parenting books often don't acknowledge this change. The mother of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a parent advocate, and a former middle-school teacher, Fowler has clearly had plenty of real-life experience in dealing with teens. Her suggestions for coping with the chaos of life with a difficult teen are all eminently practical. The chapter on medication, for example, not only discusses the types and dosages but also goes into great detail about how to deal with a teen who is reluctant to take pills. The chapter on out-of-control teens is honest in explaining that resources for helping them are woefully limited while emphasizing that many such young people can indeed turn around and become well-adjusted adults. Offering a welcome narrower focus than Paul H. Wender's ADHD in Children, Adolescents, and Adults (LJ 10/15/00), this is highly recommended for public library parenting collections and academic libraries serving educators. Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Exceptionally clear, well organized, and practical. Parents reading this will gain insight, ideas, and, most of all, a sense of hope. It should be on the night table of every parent with teenagers who have any ADHD-related difficulties."
--Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., author of Raising Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767909440
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
12/11/2001
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
1 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >