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Although the book is targeted at the parents of ADHD children, it will serve as a useful resource for teachers and others involved in the care and education of these children....This book is unique in its up-to-date and clear presentation of the scientific underpinnings of the disorder and the pragmatic, empirically based approach to intervention that it encourages. It is also very well organized and readable; it is probably the best available resource of this type. ...
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Overview

Although the book is targeted at the parents of ADHD children, it will serve as a useful resource for teachers and others involved in the care and education of these children....This book is unique in its up-to-date and clear presentation of the scientific underpinnings of the disorder and the pragmatic, empirically based approach to intervention that it encourages. It is also very well organized and readable; it is probably the best available resource of this type.

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Editorial Reviews

Intervention in School and Clinic

"Russell Barkley, considered one of the leading authorities on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), provides a clear and well-written guide that encourages, exhorts, and inspires parents. This book features pioneering research that provides new insight into preventing ADHD from becoming a major obstacle in a child's (and parent's) life."--Intervention in School and Clinic
Pediatric News

"This is not just another book. This is a great book....Although aimed at parents, [it] has something for everyone involved with ADHD kids: teachers, psychologists, doctors, and family."--Pediatric News
Contemporary Psychology

"A solid resource guide for parents."--Contemporary Psychology
From the Publisher

"Russell Barkley might well be known as the patron saint of ADHD for all that he has done to advance our understanding of this fascinating condition. Dr. Barkley's name is synonymous with quality, integrity, and reliability. He is meticulous in his research and unfailing in his willingness to offer his time as well as his knowledge to all who ask for help. Anyone who writes about, researches, or lives with ADHD owes a deep debt to Dr. Barkley."--Edward M. Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction

"This very clear and well-written guide is filled with useful strategies and all the reinforcement that ADHD parents need."--Jane Marks, author of The Hidden Children

"Russell Barkley's extensive experience as clinician, researcher, and teacher really shows. This is the most up-to-date story on our understanding of ADHD and its practical management. The readable reviews would inform most therapists. Dr. Barkley shows parents the way toward a positive approach to ADHD, from which the whole family will benefit."--Judith L. Rapoport, MD, Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH, Bethesda, Maryland, author of The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing

Harlan Gephart
This book, an update of a 1995 publication, gives an overview of current thinking and research regarding ADHD and outlines medical, educational, and behavioral techniques for treating this disorder. The author's stated purpose is to educate parents about what is currently known and to give them tools to help them raise their ADHD child. Those objectives are very worthwhile, and the author in my opinion certainly meets those objectives. This book is written for all parents of ADHD children, as the title states. In my view, it is also a valuable teaching resource for all health professionals dealing with ADHD. The author is recognized as a world authority on ADHD. This book is organized in sections that provide an overview of current thinking regarding ADHD; specific parenting techniques; educational interventions; and the use of medication in the treatment of ADHD. The best features of the book are the chapters with specific guidelines, for example: "Fourteen Guiding Principles of Parenting"and "Eight Steps to Better Behavior." A unique feature at the end of the book lists parent resources, organizations, additional reading, videos, books, etc. A possible shortcoming is the initial 100 pages dealing with current ADHD knowledge that is didactic, scientific, and perhaps too sophisticated for many readers. This book is an invaluable resource for parents and healthcare providers in the care and management of children with ADHD. Dr. Barkley is an internationally recognized authority in the field, whose research and writings have contributed immensely to current knowledge regarding this disorder. This revised edition contains the latest information about ADHD and its straightforward,practical guidelines are not only easily understood but immensely helpful to parents in the daily care and management of their ADHD children.
From The Critics
A great guide for parents, teachers, and others who want to understand ADHD better, this book carefully covers the topic and includes many ways to cope with ADHD at home and school. Parents can find information on genetic and neurological research as well as the latest word on diagnosis and stimulant use. 2000, Guilford Press, $18.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer: S. Palmer SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Library Journal
Studies find that ADHD affects three to ten percent of the school-age population, making it the most common psychiatric diagnosis in children. Treating it with Ritalin and other stimulants remains both common and controversial. With a stream of books and videos touting unproven "cures," the publication of these three accessible, scientifically based titles is particularly welcome. Each covers much of the same material: ADHD's causes are biological, mainly genetic; affected individuals are impulsive, unable to concentrate and follow instructions, often hyperactive, and oppositional (there is a subgroup who are "dreamy" but not disruptive); and medication doesn't cure ADHD but does ease the child's difficulties, especially when used in conjunction with home- and classroom-based systems of immediate positive and negative behavioral consequences. Each author, however, has a unique emphasis. Wender, one of the first advocates of using stimulant medication for hyperactivity, emphasizes that ADHD is a lifelong problem for many sufferers and that many ADHD adults would benefit from stimulant treatment. While the title of Haber's book might lead one to assume that he is opposed to the use of medication for treatment of ADHD, this is not the case. Haber, a developmental/behavioral pediatrician, believes that there is a group of children who do indeed suffer from ADHD but that this group is much smaller than other experts estimate. Also, he argues that epilepsy, hearing loss, Tourette's syndrome, and psychological distress owing to family instability or trauma are being mislabeled as ADHD. Barkley (psychiatry and neurology, Univ. of Massachussetts Medical Ctr.) theorizes that the cause of the various behaviors associated with ADHD is the inability to plan ahead--that these children have a very short "time line." His suggestions for treatment don't diverge from the mainstream, however. Because ADHD is such a hot topic, most public libraries should purchase all three titles. As a starting point for parents, or for smaller libraries that can only afford one title, Barkley's book is the first choice; it offers details about finding the right kind of specialists, putting together a disciplinary program, coping with adolescents, and building positive relationships with school personnel.--Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Empowers parents of children with ADHD by giving them a step-by-step plan for behavior management, hard data on diagnosis and treatment, strategies for helping children succeed at school and in social situations, and information on advances in genetic and neurological research that enhance understanding of the causes of ADHD. Includes an annotated list of books, organizations, and Internet resources. This edition is revised to incorporate the most current information. Barkley is director of psychology and professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Harlan R. Gephart, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This book, an update of a 1995 publication, gives an overview of current thinking and research regarding ADHD and outlines medical, educational, and behavioral techniques for treating this disorder.
Purpose: The author's stated purpose is to educate parents about what is currently known and to give them tools to help them raise their ADHD child. Those objectives are very worthwhile, and the author in my opinion certainly meets those objectives.
Audience: This book is written for all parents of ADHD children, as the title states. In my view, it is also a valuable teaching resource for all health professionals dealing with ADHD. The author is recognized as a world authority on ADHD.
Features: This book is organized in sections that provide an overview of current thinking regarding ADHD; specific parenting techniques; educational interventions; and the use of medication in the treatment of ADHD. The best features of the book are the chapters with specific guidelines, for example: "Fourteen Guiding Principles of Parenting"and "Eight Steps to Better Behavior." A unique feature at the end of the book lists parent resources, organizations, additional reading, videos, books, etc. A possible shortcoming is the initial 100 pages dealing with current ADHD knowledge that is didactic, scientific, and perhaps too sophisticated for many readers.
Assessment: This book is an invaluable resource for parents and healthcare providers in the care and management of children with ADHD. Dr. Barkley is an internationally recognized authority in the field, whose research and writings have contributed immensely to current knowledge regarding this disorder. This revised edition contains the latest information about ADHD and its straightforward, practical guidelines are not only easily understood but immensely helpful to parents in the daily care and management of their ADHD children.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572306004
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Barkley has published numerous books and five assessment scales, plus more than 260 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD, executive functioning, and childhood defiance. He is also the editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, he is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association, and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. His website is www.russellbarkley.org.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: A Guiding Philosophy for Parents of Children with ADHD
I. Understanding ADHD
1. What Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?
2. What's Really Wrong with My Child?: Poor Self-Control
3. What Causes ADHD?
4. What to Expect: The Nature of the Disorder
5. The Family Context of a Child with ADHD
II. Taking Charge: How to Be a Successful Executive Parent
6. Deciding to Have Your Child Evaluated for ADHD
7. Preparing for the Evaluation
8. Coping with the Diagnosis of ADHD
9. Fourteen Guiding Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD
10. Just for Parents: How to Take Care of Yourself
III. Managing Life with ADHD: How to Cope at Home and at School
11. Eight Steps to Better Behavior
12. Taking Charge at Home: The Art of Problem Solving
13. How to Help Your Child with Peer Problems
14. Getting through Adolescence, with Arthur L. Robin
15. Off to School on the Right Foot: Managing Your Child's Education, with Linda J. Pfiffner
16. Enhancing Education at School and at Home: Methods for Success from Kindergarten through Grade 12, with Linda J. Pfiffner
17. Keeping School Performance in Perspective
IV. Medications for ADHD
18. The Most Effective Medicines: The Stimulants and a Nonstimulant
19. Other Medicines: Antidepressants and Antihypertensives
Support Services for Parents
Suggested Reading and Videotapes
References
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2007

    Still One of The Best Books on ADHD

    Dr. Barkley, When my son's ADHD/ODD behavior got out-of-control, your books helped me to understand my child's unique mindset so that I could fulfill his needs. I especially appreciate your practical no-nonsense approach to explaining ADHD. Your explanation of my child's lack of time concept finally explained that disconnect. I'd rather face the truth of ADHD than to idealize it with pretty metaphors. When I faced the facts that ADHD will not go away, and it takes massive and immediate action to overcome it, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work on helping my son. Yes, I had to change my ways, but my son is worth it. That was eight years ago. Now my son is 17, is making Bs in school, and is planning to attend college. The magic began when I improved my communication skills and taught my son values and skills. That was only possible with the diligent use of a visual reward system, a token economy system, as recommended by you, Dr. Barkley. Thank you, Sir, for opening my eyes to my important job as my son's advocate and trainer. And thank you especially for your courage to face controversy and explain the facts. I hope to one day shake your hand. Sincerely yours in parenting success, Debra Sale Wendler ADHD Parenting Tips

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Awesome Book/Tool for Dealing w/ ADHD Children

    I have a 4 yr old son diagnosed within the past 6 months. Our doctor recommends this book to all parents he sees. I read it and was looking over my shoulder... it was like they had a camera in our house! Now we're working through the steps and suggestions, and making progress. This book has been a life saver! (not to mention sanity saver)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    A parents resource that can not be beat!

    This book is awesome! I read it after my son's therapist suggested it. After I read it I bought it for everyone in my sons life (sounds crazy) - it has made things easier for him and those who spend time with him!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2009

    Not quite as expected.

    My son is not as severe ADD as the book is describing and it contained much of the information I found on the internet before purchasing the book. I was disappointed because I was really hoping to find informative ways to deal with my child. If you are questioning if your child has ADD/ADHD, this will help you out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

    Outstanding

    We were just told that our 2 and a half year old son has ADHD. I was sad but releived I thought he was just a VERY difficult child. I was going crazy. Nothing worked. Everthing just made it worse. Till his Dr. recomeded this book. It was the first and only book I needed to get me through the hard part. Now with medican together with a behavior specialist, I don't need to pray for bed time anymore. I enjoy being with my son. Thanks to this book it is a true life saver. It also helped me explain things about ADHD to his grandparents, daycare and tips to help with his behavior problems.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    Excelent and Complete Panorama about ADHD!

    After reading and reviewing many books about ADHD, I and the doctor whom I work with (a Ph.D. doctor from Harvard) concluded that this was THE book about ADHD.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    Definitely Helpful

    A helpful book for parents can be too much information.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    Not an easy read

    This book may have good information in it, but you need a dictionary just to read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    It's a lie don't waste your money

    Pay attention close enough and you will see many words like might, may, suggest, we think, and even ," I don't know". Even the DSM and NIH say brain scans can not be used to confirm ADHD. Here is another guy pushing the BIG Pharma Kool Aid. Why would anyone buy anything if the salesman isn't sure of what is being sold or flat out lies about the product. Go to Citizens Council on Human Rights (google CCHR) to get the truth or sit down with a cup of Kool Aid and keep your head in the sand. This is just another book designed to convince parents their healthy child needs drugs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents

    There is a lot of valuable information here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents

    lots of great information good reference

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