Parenting Your Child with ADHD: A No-Nonsense Guide for Nurturing Self-Reliance and Cooperation

Parenting Your Child with ADHD: A No-Nonsense Guide for Nurturing Self-Reliance and Cooperation

by Craig Wiener EdD


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It is now possible for concerned parents to treat their child’s attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) without medication. This book shows them how. Written by a supervising psychologist who specializes in child behavioral issues, Parenting Your Child with ADHD presents a groundbreaking program for parents seeking to reduce their child’s inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity and strengthen his or her capacity for self-reliance and cooperation. This unique program promotes positive ways of interrelating and shows parents the five main ways they may have unwittingly reinforced ADHD symptoms in the past. Far from encouraging parents to strictly manage ADHD children, this approach promotes independence in kids so that less discipline and surveillance is necessary.

Specifically, this book helps parents promote cooperation by phrasing their requests in specific ways, reduce pressure on their child, and acknowledge the child’s preference as a way to make cooperation a more attractive choice to him or her. Parents learn to resolve problems related to messiness, inappropriate silliness and intrusiveness, chores and helping family members, coordinating schedules, sneaking and stealing, noise and yelling, and overreacting. The second part of the book moves on to issues that take place outside the home, such as shopping excursions, family outings, and travel. Finally, parents learn ways to increase their child’s independence and cooperation with schoolwork and compliance in the classroom environment. The child learns the value of being knowledgeable without the motivation of punishment or gift rewards.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608823963
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 710,182
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Craig B. Wiener, EdD, has worked for over thirty years to help individuals diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. He is a licensed psychologist and faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His years as clinical director of outpatient mental health at the Family Health Center of Worcester and clinical experience in private practice led him to create a unique approach that identifies the factors that contribute to the reinforcement of ADHD behaviors. He lives in Worcester, MA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 So Your Child Has an ADHD Diagnosis 3

2 Understanding ADHD Behavior as Reinforced 13

3 The Five Reinforcements for ADHD Behavior 27

4 Ten Guiding Principles to Reduce ADHD Behavior 43

5 Teaching Your Child Self-Care 75

6 Reducing ADHD Behavior in the Family 101

7 Managing ADHD Behavior Away from Home 127

8 Adjusting Your Child to School 143

9 Two Important Obstacles You May Face 169

Resources 179

References 181


Craig Wiener lives in Worchester, MA (greater Boston area).

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