Reviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: This easy-to-read book represents a compilation of the "lessons" the author has learned about ways in which to help children with ADHD succeed, aside from the use of medication. This novel approach of synthesizing years of clinical experience, along with available medical, nutritional, educational, and psychological research into a guidebook format, allows parents and other healthcare providers to easily understand the information and apply it immediately.
Purpose: The author's purpose in presenting these 10 valuable lessons is to focus on helping parents to teach life skills that will help their children to succeed on the playground, in school, in the workplace, and one day, as a spouse and parent. Additionally, the purpose is to present insightful, practical information that draws upon decades of the author's clinical experience and research in working with children and teens with ADHD.
Audience: This informative book is written in plain language primarily for parents of children with ADHD, as well as for any number of healthcare professionals interested in conducting effective parenting classes. Teachers and other professionals alike will also benefit from the rich content in each practical lesson presented in this timely book.
Features: The author is internationally recognized as a leader in research and innovative treatment for children and teens with ADHD. Unique to this book are the 10 lessons of the author's creation, which promote achievement through a series of new approaches to treating ADHD, beyond the use of traditional medications. Numerous worksheets, checklists, and guidelines are offered throughout as valuable supplements that parents and teachers can immediately employ in conjunction with each new lesson. In addition, a summary of educational laws are provided as well as information to assist parents in working in collaboration with the child's school district.
Assessment: There is no substitute for experience, and this author shares his vast clinical and research experience and expertise in working exclusively with children and teens with ADHD. The book sets itself apart from the sometimes crowded field of ADHD literature by offering a novel "nonmedication/lessons-oriented" approach to the management and treatment of ADHD. Extremely helpful are the various supplemental worksheets, charts, and checklists that are intended to assist parents and other professionals in their efforts to help children and teens with ADHD to better organize and structure their lives.