The Myth of the A.D.D. Child: 50 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion

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In this controversial and provocative book, Dr. Thomas Armstrong confronts America's obsession with Attention Deficit Disorder. With more than one million children diagnosed with ADD, the condition has gained national attention on talk shows, magazine covers and The New York Times bestseller list. Dr. Armstrong, well-known for his writings on parenting and education, presents the very real argument that ADD may, in fact, not exist. He believes that many behaviors labeled as ADD are simply a child's active ...

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Overview

In this controversial and provocative book, Dr. Thomas Armstrong confronts America's obsession with Attention Deficit Disorder. With more than one million children diagnosed with ADD, the condition has gained national attention on talk shows, magazine covers and The New York Times bestseller list. Dr. Armstrong, well-known for his writings on parenting and education, presents the very real argument that ADD may, in fact, not exist. He believes that many behaviors labeled as ADD are simply a child's active response to complex social, emotional, and educational influences, and that by tackling the root causes of a child's attention and behavior problems-rather than masking the symptoms with medication and behavior-modification programs-parents can help their children begin to experience fundamentally positive changes in their lives. This groundbreaking book provides parents and professionals with 50 innovative and proven strategies they can use to help children overcome their attention and behavior problems. His checklist helps parents decide which strategies are most appropriate, and hundreds of resources, including books and organizations are included. The Myth of the A.D.D. Child offers much needed practical help to both parents and professionals.

As a psychologist and consultant in learning and human development, Armstrong believes that many behaviors that are labeled as part of ADD are in fact a child's active response to complex social, emotional, and educational influences. This book provides practical help to any parent or professional who wants to tackle a child's behavior by addressing its fundamental cause.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A psychologist and former teacher, Armstrong (Seven Kinds of Smart) offers a practical guide for parents of hyperactive, inattentive children-those often tagged as suffering from attention deficit disorder, or ADD-and argues persuasively that ``these children are not disordered.'' Asserting that the causes of ADD-type behavior are complex and may be cultural, social, psychological, educational and even biological, he suggests that the solution is not pills, but skills. He offers parents 50 specific strategies, such as providing a balanced breakfast, enrolling the child in a martial arts class, giving him or her real-life tasks, limiting TV and video time, establishing consistent rules and routines and holding family meetings for helping kids with behavior and attention-span difficulties. Many of his exercises and activities are illustrated with examples from his experience in teaching special education classes. Included are a questionnaire to aid parents in deciding which strategies will most likely benefit their children, an extensive bibliography and a caution that the book is not a substitute for medical care, but a ``supplementary educational resource.'' (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452275478
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 681,769
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., is a psychologist, learning specialist, and consultant to educational groups around the world. He has written for Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, and Parenting magazine, and is the author of nine books, including Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius and The Myth of the A.D.D. Child.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition Preface
Part One. Uncovering the A.D.D. Myth
Chapter 1: America's New Learning Disease Chapter 2. A.D.D.: Now You See It, Now You Don't Chapter 3. Why A.D.D. Is a Simplistic Answer to the Problems of a Complex World Chapter 4. What's Good (and Not So Good) About the Good Pill Chapter 5. To Control or to Empower: That Is the Question!
Part Two. 50 Strategies to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span
Introduction
#1 Provide a Balanced Breakfast
#2 Consider the Feingold Diet
#3 Limit Television and Video Games
#4 Teach Self-Talk Skills
#5 Find Out What Interests Your Child
#6 Promote a Strong Physical Education Program in Your Child's School
#7 Enroll Your Child in a Martial Arts Class
#8 Discover Your Child's Personal Learning Style
#9 Use Background Music to Focus and Calm
#10 Use Color to Highlight Information
#11 Teach Your Child to Visualize
#12 Remove Allergens from the Diet
#13 Provide Opportunities for Physical Movement
#14 Enhance Your Child's Self-Esteem
#15 Find Your Child's Best Times of Alertness
#16 Give Instructions in Attention-Grabbing Ways
#17 Provide a Variety of Stimulating Learning Activities
#18 Consider Biofeedback Training
#19 Activate Positive Career Aspirations
#20 Teach Your Child Physical-Relaxation Techniques
#21 Use Incidental Teaching to Teach
#22 Support Full Inclusion of Your Child in a Regular Classroom
#23 Provide Positive Role Models
#24 Consider Alternative Schooling Options
#25 Channel Creative Energy into the Arts
#26 Provide Hands-On Activities
#27 Spend Positive Times Together
#28 Provide Appropriate Spaces for Learning
#29 Consider Individual Psychotherapy
#30 Use Touch to Soothe and Calm
#31 Help Your Child with Organizational Skills
#32 Help Your Child Appreciate the Value of Personal Effort
#33 Take Care of Yourself
#34 Teach Your Child Focusing Techniques
#35 Provide Immediate Feedback
#36 Provide Your Child with Access to a Computer
#37 Consider Family Therapy
#38 Teach Problem-Solving Skills
#39 Offer Your Child Real-Life Tasks to Do
#40 Use "Time Out" in a Positive Way
#41 Help Your Child Develop Social Skills
#42 Contract with Your Child
#43 Use Effective Communication Skills
#44 Give Your Child Choices
#45 Discover and Treat the Four Types of Misbehavior
#46 Establish Consistent Rules, Routines, and Transitions
#47 Hold Family Meetings
#48 Have Your Child Teach a Younger Child
#49 Use Natural and Logical Consequences
#50 Hold a Positive Image of Your Child Notes Index

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