As a parent with a child with ADHD, does it ever feel like it's you against six storm troopers? Those are tough odds. Here are five books to help you be a better parent to a child, who, while having great potential, also can't find his socks right now... that are on his feet. (Face palm.)
DISCLAIMER: First, just so we're clear, you're already a great parent, just by reading books like these. It isn't necessarily the books, but that you are the type of parent who clicks on a post like this and reads books like these, that makes the difference. Second, nothing to disclose, no affiliation with any of the authors or Amazon. No affiliate links.
And this is a picture, for visual effect, of you against six storm troopers... yeah, not pretty. So, onto the amazing parent that you are, who reads all the books. (If you're missing the reference, go back and read the disclaimer.) CONTINUE READING
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Dr. Daniel Amen
In Change Your Brain, Change Your Life Dr. Amen proposes a different perspective on ADHD, specifically that there are not three types of attention deficit, but seven types. These mainly take into account different types of anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, related areas of the brain, and how all of that impacts ADHD. His book explains the mystery of why a stimulant calms a child with ADHD, instead of winding them up.
The Whole Brain Child by Drs. Siegel and Bryson
Fidget to Focus is a fantastic book for helping your child find ways to activate his brain, that don't include terrorizing the family dog or his older sister. Nope, these ideas will help him focus and stay on task. I like this book so much, that I wrote an entire blog post series on fidgets offering ideas and suggestions based on the fidget strategies in this book.
Fidget to Focus by Dr. Rotz and Sarah Wright
The Whole Brain Child explains how the brain matures to help us think clearly, stay on task, process emotions, control behavior, etc. All things that your child with ADHD might struggle with at home, at school, and with friends. The authors give practical solutions that take brain development into account to help you address behavior problems in a proactive, positive way.
Taking Charge of ADHD by Dr. Russell Barkley
Dr. Barkley is largely considered the leading expert in ADHD research and theory. This book is great for parents who like to read up and want to be informed. It is extremely thorough and offers helpful tips and ideas for how to help your child succeed. It is a little long, but if you're looking for something that answers most of your questions, this is it.
10 Simple solutions to Adult ADD by Dr. Stephanie Sarkis
10 Simple Solutions is the perfect book for the parent who has ADHD and is parenting a child with ADHD. The book is short, sweet and to the point. Thank Goodness Stephanie wrote this, if you have ADHD, it may be the first book you ever finish. Each chapter is only a few pages long, packed with long and short-term solutions. Most of the ideas are applicable to both teens and adults.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these, and any other ADHD resources you've found helpful, in the comments section. So, go. Now. Comment away. Unless of course, you don't want to comment... Well, then don't. It's cool. There's more awesome stuff to read about ADHD. ;)