Five Books to Share with Your ADHD Child

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • In a previous share post, I went over some points to remember when talking to your children about their diagnosis of ADHD. This week, I wanted to share with you some books that are available to help you talk about ADHD with your children and to help your children better understand ADHD, how it impacts their life and the treatments available.


    Please note, I am not endorsing any of the following books, nor providing reviews of the books. This post it to help busy parents with locating books that may help them open up conversations and discuss the diagnosis of ADHD with their child.


    Putting on the Brakes: Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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    Author: Patricia O. Quinn, M.D. & Judith M. Stern M.A.

    Publisher: Magination Press

    Reading Level: Ages 9-12

    This book explains ADHD in simple terms, allowing young children to understand. Information on the neurobiological causes of ADHD is explained in ways young children can understand. There are practical suggestions for coping with symptoms of ADHD. The book uses a speeding car as a parallel to ADHD, helping children relate to the concepts of ADHD. There is also an activity book available to go along with the book.


    The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD

    Author: John F. Taylor, Ph.D.

    Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.


    This book is written for children, third grade through fifth grade. The book has information on the basics of ADHD, what ADHD means and what it does not mean, making decisions, medication, eating right, getting along with brothers and sisters, strategies for doing better in school, organization, friendship and dealing with emotions.


    Learning to Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD

    Author: Kathleen G. Nadeau Ph.D., Ellen B. Dixon Ph.D.

    Publisher: Magination Press

    Reading Level: Ages 9-12


    This book is written from a child's perspective and includes cartoons and activities to help make it more interactive and fun. The book discusses getting along with friends and family, schoolwork, organization, discipline and completing tasks. It includes self-help tips in all of these areas.


    Cory Stories" A Kid's Book About Living with ADHD

    Author: Jeanne Kraus

    Publisher: Magination Press

    Reading Level: 9-12 years old


    This book is written from the perspective of Cory, a child with ADHD. Cory describes going to school, relationships with his friends and family, and medication. The book also provides ideas to help kids coping with ADHD.



    Sparky's Excellent Misadventures: My A.D.D. Journal

    Author: Phyllis Carpenter & Marti Ford

    Publisher: Magination Press

    Reading Level: Ages 4-8


    This book allows the early elementary children learn about coping with ADHD. The book talks about how a young child may think or feel about have ADHD. The book is written in journal form, with Sparky telling the stories of getting into trouble, going to the doctor, taking medication.




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Published On: July 17, 2009