Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD

Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD

by Peter S. Jensen
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Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD by Peter S. Jensen

There’s lots of help out there for kids with ADHD, but getting it isn’t always easy. Where can you turn when you’ve mastered the basics and “doing everything right” isn’t enough--the insurer denies your claims, parent-teacher meetings get tense, or those motivating star charts no longer encourage good behavior?

Dr. Peter Jensen has spent years generating ways to make the healthcare and education systems work--as the father of a son with ADHD and as a scientific expert and dedicated parent advocate. No one knows more about managing the complexities of the disorder and the daily hurdles it raises. Now Dr. Jensen pools his own experiences with those of over 80 other parents to help you troubleshoot the system without reinventing the wheel. From breaking through bureaucratic bottlenecks at school to advocating for your child’s healthcare needs, this straightforward, compassionate guide is exactly the resource you’ve been looking for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572308701
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2004
Series: Making the System Work for Your Child Series
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 1,227,971
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter S. Jensen, MD, is Director of the Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health and Ruane Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Previously, he was Associate Director of Child and Adolescent Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he was the lead NIMH investigator on a major study of the treatment of ADHD. He is the author or editor of numerous scientific articles and books; has received prestigious national awards for his research, writing, and teaching; and serves on the board of directors of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), among other organizations. This book is the first in a new series edited by Dr. Jensen, "Making the System Work for Your Child."

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Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend who also has child with ADD/ADHD. She lent me her copy, but I then I bought my own because I wanted to underline it and write notes in the was fantastic! Dr. Jensen has a real practical, but wise approach to ADHD, and it is quite obvious that he 'has been there' like other parents. Most other books are up in the clouds and really don't get to the problems in the schools, with the medical system, and even with in-laws that I've had to deal with. His problem solving tips are excellent, and I got a lot of new ideas I haven't seen anywhere else. Rachel W, Austin, TX
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read about 9 books on ADHD, and despite the hype you get on all these books from the cover, here is one that delivers. I've cleaned out my shelf, and am just keeping this one. It's very common-sense and readable, and organized the way my life is...home, school, doctor, friends and extended family, and even great advice on dealing with my boss when Kevin deals me a school crisis during MY workday. I was really inspired by the quotes and advice from other parents, and have begun to think, maybe I can get through this. Other parents' advice and hints were great, and I got some new ideas and even letters to use with my hard-nosed, no-help school system. I also used one of the letters in the back of the book to challenge my insurance company's reimbursement and it worked, more than paying for the book ten times over on this my last batch of insurance claims! The other thing that is that Dr. Jensen walks you through all the problems, and offers tips from himself and dozens of other parents, how they solved the problems, and then what they did when that didn't work. Cool! They thought of everything! 5 stars. Sondy M.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Jensen and all of you parents that contributed to this book, THANK YOU so much. This is not a pie in the sky, doctor-knows-best book that is inaccessible and full of jargon. It is funny, friendly, and practical. I cried reading several of the parents' stories, because I see you have been there, and your insights are right where I am at and what I need right now. I've bought 3 copies for my fellow soccer-mom friends as Christmas presents. On my budget, that's saying something, but this book is the first one to give me hope, and lets me see 'I can do it too!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a parent of a child with ADD and suffering from ADD myself, this book was different and helpful. Almost all other books I have read thus far about ADD and ADDH have been somewhat depressing and discouraging, and many so-called ADD experts paint kids with ADD as having broken brains. This book presents a much more upbeat but practical view, with lots of tips and advice from the author's own experience as a parent and doctor. Better yet, Jensen gives us many direct quotes, straight from the hearts of dozens of other parents whose words were, to put bluntly, inspiring. This approach made me believe that me and my two sons with ADD/ADDH could do great things despite ADD, and that ADHD needn't always be such a bad thing, and might have some good parts about it. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been thru several ADD books, and this one is the best so far. I like the practical, problem-solving tips the book gives for those times when you run into road blocks. FWIW, Dr. Jenson seems to a bit more down to earth than a lot of the well-meaning advice-givers I have run across up to this point in some of the other books.
MonicaPe More than 1 year ago
Making the System Work For Your Child With ADHD has been the best book I have read on the topic and I highly recommend it for ALL teachers because they will encounter a child with ADHD sooner than later in their classroom and for ALL parents because they will very likely encounter a child with ADHD as their child's classmate, friend or neighbor. Have bought three books for my best friend who is a grandmother to a six year old boy with ADHD, the mother of the boy and her other adult daughter who is trying to help her sister parent the boy. If you are a parent, family member or friend, this book is MANDATORY reading!
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