Parenting Your Child with ADHD: A No-Nonsense Guide for Nurturing Self-Reliance and Cooperation

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It is now possible for concerned parents to treat their child’s attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) without medication. This book shows them how. Written by a supervising psychologist who specializes in child behavioral issues, Parenting Your Child with ADHD presents a groundbreaking program for parents seeking to reduce their child’s inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity and strengthen his or her capacity for self-reliance and cooperation. This unique program promotes positive ways of ...

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Overview

It is now possible for concerned parents to treat their child’s attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) without medication. This book shows them how. Written by a supervising psychologist who specializes in child behavioral issues, Parenting Your Child with ADHD presents a groundbreaking program for parents seeking to reduce their child’s inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity and strengthen his or her capacity for self-reliance and cooperation. This unique program promotes positive ways of interrelating and shows parents the five main ways they may have unwittingly reinforced ADHD symptoms in the past. Far from encouraging parents to strictly manage ADHD children, this approach promotes independence in kids so that less discipline and surveillance is necessary.

Specifically, this book helps parents promote cooperation by phrasing their requests in specific ways, reduce pressure on their child, and acknowledge the child’s preference as a way to make cooperation a more attractive choice to him or her. Parents learn to resolve problems related to messiness, inappropriate silliness and intrusiveness, chores and helping family members, coordinating schedules, sneaking and stealing, noise and yelling, and overreacting. The second part of the book moves on to issues that take place outside the home, such as shopping excursions, family outings, and travel. Finally, parents learn ways to increase their child’s independence and cooperation with schoolwork and compliance in the classroom environment. The child learns the value of being knowledgeable without the motivation of punishment or gift rewards.

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“If you have picked up this book, you are probably frustrated and looking for some answers. After teaching parenting for over 30 years, this is by far the most helpful, practical book I have read on ADHD. If you are tired of yelling, threatening, taking away privileges, and bribing, then this book is a must-read.”
Kathryn Kvols, author of Redirecting Children’s Behavior and president of the International Network for Children and Families

“A practical, non-judgmental guide for parents seeking an alternative to medication.”
L. Alan Sroufe, PhD, professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, and author of The Development of the Person

“I highly recommend this book for all educators who are seeking alternative methods to work with students who test the boundaries of behavior. Craig B. Wiener gives us examples and insights to assist us in understanding why and how some children who were previously described as having “conditions” can be worked with using techniques that can modify unacceptable behaviors. This book supports the Montessori method, which also endorses doing the hard work necessary to help the child for the long term. I suggest to anyone interested in positive results to put in the time and effort with methods that are outlined in Wiener’s new book.”
Christine Kovago, director at Pincushion Hill Montessori School

Parenting Your Child with ADHD is a very impressive book that challenges assumptions about ADHD in a thoughtful, skilled fashion. Wiener offers parents an alternative approach to medication—one that emphasizes nurturing a child's self-confidence, self-reliance, self-discipline, and resilience. He highlights practical and realistic strategies to address common issues faced by children with ADHD, their parents, and teachers. His empathic, nonjudgmental perspective is evident on each page of this book. Parenting Your Child with ADHD will serve as a rich resource for parents and professionals alike.”
Robert Brooks, PhD, coauthor of Raising Resilient Children and Raising a Self-Disciplined Child

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608823963
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 539,332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig B. Wiener, EdD, has worked for over thirty years to help individuals diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. He is a licensed psychologist and faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His years as clinical director of outpatient mental health at the Family Health Center of Worcester and clinical experience in private practice led him to create a unique approach that identifies the factors that contribute to the reinforcement of ADHD behaviors. He lives in Worcester, MA.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 So Your Child Has an ADHD Diagnosis 3

2 Understanding ADHD Behavior as Reinforced 13

3 The Five Reinforcements for ADHD Behavior 27

4 Ten Guiding Principles to Reduce ADHD Behavior 43

5 Teaching Your Child Self-Care 75

6 Reducing ADHD Behavior in the Family 101

7 Managing ADHD Behavior Away from Home 127

8 Adjusting Your Child to School 143

9 Two Important Obstacles You May Face 169

Resources 179

References 181

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