The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD

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What are ADHD? What does it mean to have ADHD? How can kids diagnosed with ADHD help themselves succeed in school, get along better at home, and form healthy, enjoyable relationships with peers? In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, this book helps kids know they’re not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes real-life ...
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Overview


What are ADHD? What does it mean to have ADHD? How can kids diagnosed with ADHD help themselves succeed in school, get along better at home, and form healthy, enjoyable relationships with peers? In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, this book helps kids know they’re not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes real-life scenarios, quizzes, and a special message for parents.
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Editorial Reviews

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."
—ADDitude Magazine

 “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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575424477
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Edition description: The Free Spirit Survival Guides for Kids
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 81,757
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John F. Taylor, Ph.D., has written and created many materials for young people with ADHD and their families. He is the founder and president of ADD Plus, a company that offers resources and workshops for parents and teachers of kids with ADHD. The father of three children with ADHD, John lives in Monmouth, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

A Note About the Labels

INTRODUCTION

How This Book Can Help You

How to Use This Book

You Can Succeed with ADHD

The Six Great Gripes of Kids with ADHD

CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS ADHD?

  • What Does ADHD Mean?
  • The Three Types of ADHD
  • Why Do Some Kids Have ADHD?
  • What ADHD Does NOT Mean

CHAPTER 2: MAKE EACH DAY GO BETTER

  • Think on the Bright Side
  • Fly Your Decision-Making KITE
  • LEAP Over Your Mistakes

CHAPTER 3: GETTING HELP FOR ADHD

  • Getting Diagnosed with ADHD
  • After You Have Been Diagnosed with ADHD
  • The Lowdown on Medicine
  • Signs That Tell You Medicine Is Working
  • Side Effects of Medicine

CHAPTER 4: EATING THE RIGHT FOOD

  • Five Nutrients That Can Help You Manage ADHD
  • Four Foods to Watch For
  • Helping Plan Your Menu
  • Grocery Shopping and Preparing Your Food

CHAPTER 5: LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT

  • Connect with Parents and Family Adults
  • Get Along with Brothers and Sisters
  • Tough Stuff in Families
  • Have Fun Together

CHAPTER 6: SIX WAYS TO SUCCEED AT SCHOOL

1. A Great IDEA at School
2. Work with Teachers and Counselors
3. Move in A-Okay Ways
4. Focus on the Right Things
5. Stay Organized
6. Study Smart

CHAPTER 7: SEVEN WAYS TO MAKE AND KEEP FRIENDS

1. Feel Good About Yourself
2. Use Polite and Kind Words
3. Listen and Show You Care
4. Take Turns and Share
5. Try New Activities
6. Offer to Help Others
7. Solve Conflicts Peacefully

CHAPTER 8: EIGHT WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRONG FEELINGS

1. Use Your Own Traffic Light
2. Take Care of Yourself
3. Get Your Move On
4. Use Breathing and Muscle Relaxation Exercises
5. Get Creative
6. Hang Out with a Friend
7. Talk with an Adult
8. Work on ADHD Challenges

Glossary

A Note to Parents, Teachers, and Counselors

Index

About the Author

LIST OF REPRODUCIBLE PAGES

What Are My ADHD Traits?

Chapter 1 Quiz
Fly Your Decision-Making KITE
Chapter 2 Quiz
Chapter 3 Quiz
Chapter 4 Quiz
Chapter 5 Quiz
Chapter 6 Quiz
Chapter 7 Quiz
My Progress Chart
Chapter 8 Quiz

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    Good introduction for my son

    My 7 yr old son was recently diagnosed with ADHD but I never told him about it....I bought this book for myself to read up on it but he found it 1st and started redaing about it on his own. He actually read it cover to over. haha Anyway...good way to ease a child (and nervous mom) into this situation :)

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