ADHD Reading List for Parents, Teachers and Advocates

The ADD Hyperactivity Handbook For Schools

Harvey C. Parker, Plantation, FL: Impact Publications, 1992

This book is a wonderful resource for parents who need to know what options the law provides for their ADD children, for teachers who need to understand ADD pupils, and for anyone researching ADD policy. It also contains a brief segment on the history of ADD advocacy, which I found to be very useful.

The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders

Sandra F. Rief (Teaching Strategies), Lind Pfiffner, Scholastic Trade, 1996

What can you do to help students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in your classroom? Filled with the most effective strategies and ideas from establishing classroom and homework routines, to peer tutoring and monitoring to improve learning and behavior for a range of ADHD children. Includes background, resources, and practical checklists.

All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student’s Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders

Mel Levine, Educators Publishing Service, 1992

Instead of feeling so “different”, my child’s self esteem soared after reading this book. I recommend it to all families, educators and children who think they are the “only ones” who can’t achieve one thing or another. Thank you Dr. Levine!

Answers to Distraction

Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, Bantom Books, 1996

This book provides practical solutions to the dilemmas of ADD. This “user’s guide” to ADD is presented in question-and-answer format ideal for even the most distractible reader. Each chapter covers a specific aspect of ADD, such as ADD in women, ADD and aggression, ADD and addiction, or ADD and work.

Attention-Deficit Disorders and Comorbidities in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Thomas Brown, American Psychiatric Press, 2000

Increasingly ADD is being recognized as a widespread disorder which significantly impairs many children, adolescents and adults in work or school, family life, social relationships and self-esteem. This book provides accurate, up-to-date, research-based information on the diverse and complex ways in which ADD impact individuals and their families. It describes how these complexities should be taken into account by all those who assess, treat, educate and care for children, adolescents and adults with ADHD.

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Attention deficit disorder and the law: A guide for advocates

Peter S. Lathem & Patricia H. Lathem, JLD Communications, 1997.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment, First Edition

Russell A. Barley, Ph.D. Guilford Press, 1990.

This handbook should be on the bookshelf of both students and experienced clinicians in all pediatric and mental health disciplines, as well as special education teachers and sophisticated parents.

CHADD Educators Manual

Mary Cahill Fowler, R Barkley, R Reeve, S Zentall

This comprehensive manual provides an overview of the latest information regarding common learning challenges often associated with AD/HD. Specific academic and behavioral interventions are suggested for students at the preschool,elementary,middle and high school levels. An easy-to-use summary of the most common academic and behavioral challenges is included for each age level.

The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Stanley I. Greenspan, MD, Serena Wieder, Ph.D., New York, Perseus Press 1998

Covering all kinds of disabilities – including cerebral palsy, autism, retardation, ADD, and language problems – this comprehensive guide offers parents specific ways of helping all special needs children reach their full intellectual and emotional potential.

Daredevils and Daydreamers

Barbara D. Ingersoll, PhD, Doubleday, 1998

Not so long ago, people thought attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder was a condition that only affected children – however, there is a sizeable group of quiet daydreamers whose inability to organize themselves and focus on the task at hand makes it impossible for them to meet the demands of everyday life.

Developmental Variation and Learning Disorders

Mel Levine, 2nd Ed., Educators Publishing Service, 1998

Unique in its approach to learning disorders, this book combines what we know about normal child development during the school years with insights in to the nature of variation and dysfunction. This book employs a non-labeling approach to the understanding of breakdowns in learning and to the identification and utilization of student’s strengths. The book covers the 8 neurodevelopmental constructs.

Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood [Paperback]

Edward M. Hallowell and John J Ratey, Bantam Books, 1995

Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes — from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming — and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Larry Silver’s Advice to Parents on ADHD: Second Edition

Larry B. Silver, Times Books, 2nd Edition, 1999

Dr. Silver’s warm, thoroughly practical guide will give parents, teachers, and others the support they want and the answers they need.

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

Thomas W. Phelan, Child Management 2nd Edition, 1996

This newly revised second edition provides a fine coverage of effective discipline choices to be used on children ages 1-12. From handling sibling rivalry and arguing to avoiding self-defeating syndromes and reactions, this covers everything from home to public behavior, providing parents with plenty of solid tips which work.

Eukee the Jumpy Jumpy Elephant

Clifford L. Corman, Esther Trevino, Cliff Corman, Richard Dimatteo

This is a beautifully written and illustrated story for young children who are struggling with attention deficit disorder. There is only one other book like this for young children and it sells very well. Eukee, is broader in scope and, we feel, will offer a wonderful opportunity for youngsters with ADD to learn more about themselves.

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

Ross W. Green, PhD. Harper Collins, 1998

Inflexible children get “stuck” over seemingly simple requests, benign issues, and sudden changes in plans. They may be very anxious, irritable, and volatile. They may have difficulty telling you what they’re frustrated about or thinking through potential solutions to problems. In clinical terms, they may be diagnosed with any of a variety of psychiatric disorders, including oppositional-defiant disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourettes disorder, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Fathering the ADHD Child: A Book for Fathers, Mothers, and Professionals

Edward H. Jacobs, Kaspm Aronson, 1998

Dr. Jacobs focuses on both problem prevention and resolution. I discovered through other literature and journals that Dr. Jacobs is an expert on the naturally different parenting instincts of fathers vs. mothers. I think that his knowledge and experience in this differentiation are key to the success of his methods and teachings.

How to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions for Helping Children with Attention Problems and Hyperactivity (J-B Ed: Reach and Teach)

Sandra F. Rief, Center for Applied Research in Education, 1993

It is a comprehensive resource that addresses the “whole child,” as well as the team approach to meeting the needs of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It includes management techniques that promote on-task behavior and language arts, whole language, and multi-sensory instruction strategies that maintain student attention and keep students involved.

The Hyperactive Child, Adolescent, and Adult: Attention Deficit Disorder through the Lifespan

Paul Wender, MD, Oxford University Press, 1987

As the mother of a “hyperactive” child and founder of the first parent support group for the parents of such children in Germany, I can fully endorse this book. To anyone who suspects that their child suffers from ADHD, this book is an absolute must. It not only gives information on the symptoms of the syndrome, info on medication treatments, but also valuable tips on structuring.

Hyperactive Children Grown Up: ADHD in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Gabrielle Weiss, Lily Trokenberg Hechtman, Guilford Press, 1993

Updating and expanding upon a classic work, this second edition includes entirely new chapters that summarize recent developments in ADHD, research on genetic transmission, neurobiological aspects, and the importance of coexistence of other conditions. Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD adults, and the latest findings on efficacy of psychosocial treatments and medications are discussed and a multimodal approach is described in detail.

Inclusion: 450 Strategies for Success : A Practical Guide for All Educators Who Teach Students With Disabilities

Peggy A. Hammeken, Minetonka, MN, Peytrel Publications, 2000

This award wining best seller will help you set up or expand the inclusive school setting. The hundreds of practical teacher tested ideas will be used daily by both general and special educators. Reproducible forms will save you time, help to increase communication and help you to effectively manage students with special needs. Conveniently organized by topic and numbered so books may be used collaboratively between teams.

Infancy & Early Childhood: The Practice of Clinical Assessment & Intervention with Emotional & Developmental Challenges

Stanley I., M.D. Greenspan, International Universities Press, 1992

Provides a systematic, clinically based frame of reference with 20 case studies, discussion of clinical principles, and guidelines and suggestions for dealing with babies and young children (and their parents) who present with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.

Keeping a Head in School: A Student’s Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders

Mel Levine, Educators Publishing Service, 1991

As the parent of two learning disabled students, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all the kids out there who are in need of a wonderful guide not only for school, but every day problem solving. My son refers to this book often, for reinforcement, for reassurance, and for guidance. There are many books written about learning disabilities, but this one stands out as a wonderful guide for your child to use.

Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: A Book for Sibs

Patricia Vadasy, Donald Joseph Meyer, Rebecca R. Fewell, Seattle, University of Washington Press, 1985

Since siblings are not often informed about their siblings’ disabilities by anyone, it could cause more concern; this book’s objective is very important. You can also get basic knowledge of laws, programs, and services for persons with disabilities and their families in the U.S.

Managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children: A Guide for Practitioners

San Goldstein, Ph.D., Michael Goldstein, Ph.D., Clare B. Jones and Lauren Braswell, John Wiley & Sons, 1998

This new edition is expanded to include updated checklists of symptoms, discussions of the latest findings regarding co-morbidity with ADHD and carryover of ADHD into adulthood, and an overview of new and controversial treatments.

Mapping the Mind

Rita Carter, University of California Press, 2000

Mapping the Mind charts the way human behavior and culture have been molded by the landscape of the brain. Carter shows how our personalities reflect the biological mechanisms underlying thought and emotion and how behavioral eccentricities may be traced to abnormalities in an individual brain.

The Out-of-Sync Child

Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA, 1998

This guide, written by an expert in the field, explains how SI Dysfunction can be confused with ADD, learning disabilities, and other problems, tells how parents can recognize the problem-and offers a drug-free treatment approach for children who need help.

Performance Breakthroughs for Adolescents With Learning Disabilities or Add: How to Help Students Succeed in the Regular Education Classroom

Geraldine Markel, Judith Greenbaum, Champaign IL: Research Press, 2000

This book explains how to help students succeed in the regular classroom.

Problem Solver Guide for Students with ADHD: Ready-to-Use Interventions for Elementary and Secondary Students

Harvey C. Parker, Specialty Printing, Inc., 2001

The hundreds of solutions offered in this quick-reference guide offer nuts and bolts ideas that work with ADHD kids in both elementary and secondary school. Information is offered on how to help students with short attention spans, how to reduce disruptive behavior, and how to improve reading comprehension, math skills, and written language. Also recommended are study strategies to improve organization, time management, and note taking, as well as social skills tips to help students get along better with others.

Rethinking Attention Deficit Disorders

Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Susan Sharp, Jonathan Stolzenberg, Brookline Books, 1997

This book gives the classroom teacher useful information that provides ideas and strategies for working with children suffering from ADD.

Ritalin-Free Kids: Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADHD and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems

Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, Robert Ullman, ND, Edward M. Hallowell, Edward H. Chapman, Prima Publishing

The most common treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children are Ritalin and Dexedrine, both amphetamines with common side effects such as headaches, appetite loss, insomnia, depression, and growth retardation. This book offers a homeopathic approach to ADD that has fostered profoundly positive changes in about 80% of the children receiving the treatment.

RYAN A Mother’s Story of her Hyperactive/Tourette Syndrome Child

Susan Hughes, Hope Press, 1990

A moving and informative story of how a mother struggled with the many behavioral problems presented by her son with Tourette syndrome, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder.

Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle (Special Needs Collection)

Deborah Moss, Woodbine House, 1989

Deborah Moss combines understandable text with colorful illustrations to describe the woes of Shelley, a young hyperactive turtle who gets in trouble on the school bus, in the classroom and everywhere. His parents finally take him to the doctor who examines him, explains to him that he is hyperactive and prescribes medicine and counseling to help him. Shelley ends up happier and healthier with a better understanding of himself and improved self-esteem.

Survival Guide for College Students with Add or LD

Kathleen G. Nadeau, Magination, 1994

Included are ways to study, how to manage time, overcoming procrastination, organizing oneself, resisting temptation, minimizing distractions, reducing frustration, building a support network, learning self advocacy, scheduling extra curricular activities and choosing part time employment.

Teaching Learning Strategies and Study Skills To Students with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, or Special Needs, 3rd Edition (For Middle School & High School)

Stephan S. Strichart, Charles T. Mangrum, Allyn and Bacon, 2001

This book is a wonderful resource for parents who need to know what options the law provides for their ADD children, for teachers who need to understand ADD pupils, and for anyone researching ADD policy. It also contains a brief segment on the history of ADD advocacy, which I found to be very useful.

Teaching the Tiger A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Marilyn Dornbush, Ph.D. & Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., Hope Press, 1995

The daily struggle with just being able to organize oneself in order to meet either the classroom environment or the work place takes on heroic proportions. With guidance from clinicians such as Dornbush and Pruitt, the sufferers of these conditions will have the tools and strategies with which to cope with their invisible handicaps.

Tigers, Too: Executive Functions/Speed of Processing/Memory: Impact on Academic, Behavioral, and Social Functioning of Students w/ Attention Deficit … … Disorder-Modifications and Interventio

Marilyn Dornbush and Sheryl Pruitt, Parkaire Press, 2009

This handbook is designed so that teachers, parents, and health care professionals struggling with the everyday frustrations of working with students with ADHD, TS, and/or OCD can create greater success. This reference book contains brief chapters on the definitions of and research pertaining to the disorders and their associated problems. It provides practical suggestions and strategies which enhance academic success.

Tigers, Too Supplement: Checklists

Marilyn Dornbush and Sheryl Pruitt, Parkaire Press, 2009

This supplement provides checklists that were developed to help teachers, parents, and other professionals set goals, identify appropriate intervention strategies, and create an effective educational program for the student who is experiencing difficulties in the classroom and at home.

Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD: A Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Parents

Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, Woodbine House, 2000

This is the ideal book to read cover to cover, or for a busy parent or an overworked teacher to use as a bedside reference to help their teenager make the best use of his talents. If you want to help your teenager lead the fulfilling life he deserves, buy and use this book.” –Jon Meyerson, LCSW-C, family therapist, writing in the newsletter of the Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County, Maryland

Teaching with the Brain in Mind

Eric Jenson, Alexandria, VA; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998

Teaching With the Brain in Mind balances the research and theory of the brain with successful tips and techniques for using that information in classrooms. From its primer on brain biology to in-depth discussions of emotion, memory, and recall, Teaching with the Brain in Mind is an invaluable tool for any educator looking to better reach students through truly brain-compatible teaching and learning.

Teenagers With Add: A Parents’ Guide (The Special-Needs Collection)

Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, Woodbine House, 1995

With a positive outlook, this book covers symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, accommodations, advocacy, legal rights, family & school life, and options after high school. Appropriate interventions are discussed for troubling behaviors such as sleep disturbances, learning problems, depression, and driving problems. Abundant anecdotal information provide insight and advice to successfully navigate the teenage years.

Voices From Fatherhood: Fathers Sons & Adhd

Patrick J Kilcarr, Patricia O Quinn, Brunner/Mazel Trade, 1997

It’s so easy to forget the somewhat hidden part of the “deficit” and expect them to hurry up and “get it” so they can act “normal.” “Voices” is a great wake-up call to remind us once again that as parents of ADHD kids that the greatest amount of change will likely have to occur in US – not in our child. Along with the heartfelt commentary of ADHD fathers the authors have presented some good, sound advice on communication technique and behavior modification.

What Makes Ryan Tick: A Family’s Triumph over Tourette Syndrome and Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder

Susan Hughes, Hope Press, 1996

This is one mother’s account of her bewilderment at her son’s frightening and violent outbursts, to enlightenment, and ultimately to advocacy, as she confronts uninformed or uncaring “experts” from the medical and educational professions. Much of what happened is griping stuff, and it provides lessons for all of us, regardless of the emotional health of our children. One lesson is that every child deserves a mother like Susan Hughes.