What Do I Do About My Kid's ADHD?: Best Books To Understand And Parent An ADHD Child

Are you exhausted mentally, physically and emotionally?  Are you asking friends, neighbors, teachers and professionals “What do I do about my kid’s ADHD?”  Are you at your wits end?  Completely at a loss on how to teach your child good behavior, respect, social and executive functioning skills?

I see questions all the time about how to parent the challenging child.  There are many different resources to get a better understanding of your child’s needs and how to best serve them.

Below are available books on how to understand ADHD and ultimately how to parent your future super hero.

 

What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD: A 9-step plan to master the struggles and triumphs of parenting a child with ADHD

There are guidebooks to set a parent’s expectations for pregnancy and caring for a baby, but not one step-by-step guide for the challenge of raising a child with ADHD… until now.
The contrast between expectations and genuine capability is stark but invisible with ADHD, creating challenges every moment in all aspects of life. In What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD, Williams offers a 9-step plan to tame (much of) the chaos and turn (most of) the struggles into triumphs. She steers you through methodically learning about your child’s behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses, and how to use that knowledge to improve life for your child with ADHD and your entire family.

The Insider’s Guide to ADHD: Adults with ADHD Reveal the Secret to Parenting Kids with ADHD

Winner of the 2016 International Book Awards Finalist Award in Parenting & Family!
Who knows better what kids with ADHD need than adults who grew up with similar struggles? In her quest for the ultimate ADHD insights, award-winning author Penny Williams went right to the source, interviewing dozens of adults whose childhood was clouded by ADHD. Williams analyzes the wisdom and valuable perceptions of these adults, including what works and what doesn’t work for kids with ADHD.

Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD

#1 Best Seller on Amazon! 
2014 USA Best Book Awards Winner: Finalist, Parenting & Family
Most books on ADHD don’t dare expose the genuine grit of the moment-by-moment peaks and valleys of this special parenthood — the gut-wrenching, crying on the bathroom floor, feeling like you’re losing your mind truth of the matter that is learning to successfully parent a child with ADHD. Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a child with ADHD changes that.

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

A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.

What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Taking Charge of ADHD:  The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents.

From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, Dr. Barkley helps you:

*Make sense of your child’s symptoms.
*Get an accurate diagnosis.
*Work with school and health care professionals to get needed support.
*Learn parenting techniques that promote better behavior.
*Strengthen your child’s academic and social skills.
*Use rewards and incentives effectively.
*Restore harmony at home.

The ADHD Advantage:  What You Thought Was A Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength.

Why ADHD could be the key to your success

For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it.

Parenting the Strong-Willed Child:  The Clinically Proven Five-Week Program for Parents of Two-to Six-Year Olds

A clinically proven, five-week program for improving your child’s behavior

Rex Forehand, Ph.D. and Nicholas Long Ph.D. have helped thousands of parents achieve discipline using positive reinforcement, without yelling or harming the child’s self-esteem. Their clinically proven, five-week program gives you the tools you need to successfully manage your child’s behavior, giving specific factors that cause or contribute to disruptive behavior; ways to develop a more positive atmosphere in your family and home; and strategies for managing specific behavior problems.

1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting

The sixth edition of the 1.8 million-copy bestseller 1-2-3 Magic by internationally acclaimed parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. compiles two decades of research and experience into an easy-to-use program designed for parents striving to connect more deeply with their children and help them develop into healthy, capable teenagers and adults. Dr. Phelan breaks down the complex task of parenting into three straightforward steps:

1. Helping your children learn how to control their emotions and refrain from negative behavior, including tantrums, whining, and sibling rivalry
2. Encouraging good behavior in your children and providing positive feedback
3. Strengthening your relationships with your children to reinforce the natural parent-child bond

You’ll find tools to use in virtually every situation, as well as real-life stories from parents who have successfully navigated common parenting challenges such as reluctance to do chores, talking back, and refusing to go to bed or getting up in the middle of the night. For years, millions of parents from all over the world have used the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program to help their children develop emotional intelligence, raise healthier, happier families, and put the fun back into parenting.

Understanding Girls with ADHD:  How They Feel and Why They Do What They Do

Understanding Girls with ADHD does not shy away from key areas of controversy. How, for example, can a family know whether it’s ADHD or another set of problems that’s the primary issue? How does one deal with the potential use of medication, which is plagued by bad press and abundant myths but which can, as part of a multi-faceted treatment plan, provide great benefit if the right dose is found and if the doctor works with the family to monitor positive effects and side effects carefully? What about longterm risk for eating pathology, substance abuse, and other difficult areas of impairment of salience for girls? How can girls and their families break through the thicket of negative expectations and sometimes-toxic family interactions to pave the way for a different set of outcomes?

Raising Boys with ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Sons

Written by two professionals who have “been there and done that” with their own sons with ADHD, “Raising Boys With ADHD” empowers parents to help their sons with ADHD find success in school and beyond. The book covers topics not often found in other parenting guides such as the preschool years and early diagnosis and strategies for teens transitioning to work and college. Filled with practical knowledge, resources, and tools needed to help parents address the many strengths and challenges of boys with ADHD, this book provides parents with encouragement and hope for the future.

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” 4- to 13-year-old might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”–the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2″ x 11″ size. Small changes can add up to big improvements–this empowering book shows how.

Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

If you’re the parent of a “smart but scattered” teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens’ independence by building their executive skills–the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future–while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2″ x 11″ size.

Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior

Discover a way to end constant power struggles with your defiant, oppositional, “impossible” 5- to 12-year-old, with the help of leading child psychologist Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley’s approach is research based, practical, and doable–and leads to lasting behavior change. Vivid, realistic stories illustrate what the techniques look like in action. Step by step, learn how you can:

*Harness the power of positive attention and praise.
*Use rewards and incentives effectively.
*Stay calm and consistent–even on the worst of days.
*Establish a time-out system that works.
*Target behavioral issues at home, in school, and in public places.

Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship

f life with your teen has become a battleground, it’s time to take action. This empathic book shows how. Trusted psychologists who have worked with thousands of families give you the tools you need to overcome defiance and get teen behavior back on track. By following the authors’ clinically proven 10-step program, learn how you can:

*Reestablish your authority while building trust.
*Identify and enforce nonnegotiable rules.
*Use rewards and incentives that work.
*Communicate and problem-solve effectively–even in the heat of the moment.
*Restore positive feelings in your relationship.
*Develop your teen’s skills for becoming a successful adult.

2 Replies to “What Do I Do About My Kid's ADHD?: Best Books To Understand And Parent An ADHD Child”

  1. Author Penny Williams has written 3 great books about raising children who have ADHD. She has earned the nickname of The ADHD Mama.
    Check out her books:
    Boy Without Instructions,
    What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, and The Insider’s Guide to ADHD.

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