"Finally, a book that really talks about what parents have to do to make things work when their child has been diagnosed with ADHD! This is an amazing book, and every parent whose child has ADHD should read this and apply it. I wish I had had this guide at the start of the process in my own family, but I am glad that others will have it, hopefully much earlier in their own process. Thank you, Dr. Jensen, and thank you to all the parents whose marvelous and moving stories are included here. This book is a godsend."--Barbara Huff, Executive Director, Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
"A practical, helpful, and easy-to-understand book that informs parents and helps them take charge of their child's care. Many excellent strategies are provided to enhance parents' effectiveness as decision makers and advocates."--Patricia H. Latham, JD, coauthor of Attention Deficit Disorder and the Law
"This must-read book acknowledges that 'ADHD is not a sprint; it's a marathon.' Comprehensive and clear, it outlines a sane and safe approach to tackling all the tough issues you face as a parent: making medication decisions, safeguarding your child's educational rights, and much more. You'll especially enjoy Dr. Jensen's real-life anecdotes, particularly those about coping with his own son's ADHD."--Ellen Kingsley, Editor-in-Chief, ADDitude Magazine
"This is an exceptional book on a sadly overlooked topic that cries out for serious attention. Thank you, Dr. Jensen, for so richly filling this void for parents of children with ADHD. Few could rival Dr. Jensen's qualifications--as clinical professional, government insider, and sensitive parent--for writing this highly informative book that guides parents through the byzantine process of obtaining professional assistance for their child through the health care, educational, and community systems. Parents, take note: there is simply no comparable book on this topic, and none so useful. I only wish I had written it."--Russell A. Barkley, PhD, author of Taking Charge of ADHD; Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
"Dr. Jensen is one of the smartest and wisest child psychiatrists around. In this groundbreaking book, he gives parents his authoritative knowledge in a form they can easily use and reliably turn to. This book guides you through the wilderness of looking for help, and will bring you to the help you may have been seeking for years. This book is a masterpiece, and best of all, it is practical, useful, and unpretentious."--Edward Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction
"This is the best book I have ever seen that gives you the 'inside story' on getting the help you need for your child with ADHD. Dr. Jensen and his panel of expert parents show you how to navigate the system like a pro--and offer reassurance that you're not in this alone. This book helps parents and caregivers orchestrate a master plan for the care of their child and develop key partnerships within healthcare and educational settings. Kudos to Dr. Jensen and the many parents who share their thoughts, feelings, and stories in these pages."--Beth A. Kaplanek, RN, mother of a child with ADHD and past president of CHADD
Reviewer: Susan Fielkow, MD, FAAC (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a reference to assist parents in advocating for the needs of their child with ADHD. The book addresses system-related issues involving schools, home, physicians and other healthcare providers. It is structured to be a resource tool to be used along with other more comprehensive books on ADHD.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a reference for parents and other primary caregivers of children with ADHD to help them advocate for meeting a child's needs in various settings. By better understanding the system, be it school or healthcare, the caregiver can better provide for the child's specific needs. The book does a good job of outlining the elements of systems involved and the way parents can best deal with them. Highlighted information is placed in summary squares throughout the text, relevant questions are posed and then answered, and organized examples of action plans are provided.
Audience: The target audience includes parents or primary caregivers of children with ADHD. Anyone who wishes to better understand how to advocate for the needs of children with ADHD would benefit from reading this book.
Features: The book is organized in a fairly systematic way to assist parents in advocating for their child with ADHD. Often questions are posed to spark parents' interest on an issue and then the questions are answered, helping the parent to carefully navigate through the system. Summaries and salient points are placed in highlighted squares, and action plans are often placed at the end of chapters. The book assists parents with school issues (including homework, peers, teachers, and accommodations), medical concerns (including healthcare providers, medications, and appointments), and home, family, and social concerns. It is easy to read and use as a reference
Assessment: The book provides a more comprehensive reference for parents' needs as an advocate for their children. As stated by the author, it is not meant to replace more descriptive books about ADHD, but rather to be adjunct to them, dealing more specifically with system-related issues. It is well done and I will add it to my recommended reading for parents of children with ADHD.
4 Stars! from Doody
Jensen (child psychiatry, Columbia Univ.) aims to help parents solve problems encountered when dealing with the professionals who work with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); he wants readers to realize that doctors, teachers, therapists, and insurance companies should work for them. Acknowledging the limited resources of some and the unwillingness of others, Jensen provides solid tips and a great deal of information based on his practice, his experience as a parent of a child with ADHD, and input from many other parents. The author's experience on both sides of the fence gives the book strength and authority, as do the extensive appendixes listing resources, organizations and books, sample letters, and an example of a school accommodation plan for children with ADHD. While Russell Barkley's Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents helps readers understand ADHD, Jensen's book assists them in getting the best care possible. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Maryse Breton, Ann Arbor, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.