VOYA - Laura Woodruff
An attractive, cartoon-illustrated, teen-friendly paperback, this book speaks in simple language directly to young readers. It opens with suggestions on how to use the book and clear, nonjudgmental definitions of the disorders, including quotations from attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD} youth themselves. The book's following chapters deal with controlling behavior, making decisions, taking medicine, eating properly, getting along with family members, working well in school, and making and keeping friends. The last chapter gives useful advice about managing "strong feelings," such as using relaxation techniques and talking with others. Side boxes and cartoon balloons give tips and additional information or summarize main ideas. After each chapter, an entertaining quiz reinforces important points. Terms, especially medical, are bolded and defined in both the text and a short glossary. Taylor, who has written a number of books and articles, is a psychologist specializing in ADD and ADHD and is founder of a company that offers resources and workshops. This upbeat book gives plenty of positive reinforcement and focuses on managing life now. Neither moralistic nor technical, it is ideal for helping young readers in practical ways.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Packed with good advice, this guide will catch readers' eyes with its bright cover, varied fonts, and cartoon-style illustrations. The writing is clear and kid-friendly, parceled out in short sentences and contained in sections under highlighted headings. Chapters cover such topics as medications, getting along at home, making friends, and succeeding at school. Although specifically geared toward the child with ADD/ADHD, the book would be most effective if read with a caring adult or counselor. The author explains how to follow a homework routine and use timers, colored folders, and other organizational tools, but it is doubtful that children who struggle with ADD will be able to implement these wonderful suggestions on their own. Having the directions in one concrete place is perhaps the most helpful aspect of this book. It should be read one section at a time and reread numerous times to have the maximum effect. A useful tool for families who are dealing with the myriad issues associated with ADD/ADHD.-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Packed with good advice...A useful tool for families who are dealing with the myriad issues associated with ADD/ADHD."
—School Library Journal
"This upbeat book gives plenty of positive reinforcements and focuses on managing life now."
—Voice of Youth Advocates
"This book covers in one chapter what took me years to figure out. If you have ADD, The Survival Guide is for you."
“Do you know a kid struggling with ADHD? The Survival Guide is a book about them, for them. In simple, understandable language, Dr. Taylor provides concrete information and tips on the ADD/HD diagnosis, school, family, friends, emotions, and even ideas for a healthy diet. This is an empowering book for young people and is loaded with ideas, resources and some humor.” —YouthWorker Journal