10 Books for Parents of Children with ADHD

by Eileen Bailey Health Writer

The following books have not been reviewed by me and being on this list should not be considered an endorsement of the books. The following list has been compiled as a convenience, to let you know what books are available to help you cope with raising a child with ADHD.

Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach

Author: Vincent J. Monastra, Ph.D.

Publisher: American Psychological Association

This book offers parents lots of information on raising children with ADHD. Dr. Monastra discusses the role of medication, nutrition and other therapies in helping children and teens with ADHD succeed. The book provides parents with the information they need to create a positive home environment as well as explaining what parents can do when working with the school district in setting up an educational program for their child.

The ADHD Parenting Handbook: Practical Advice for Parents from Parents

Author: Colleen Alexander-Roberts

Taylor Trade Publishing

This book provides practical, useful information parents can use in everyday life to help their child manage symptoms of ADHD. Information in the book include: common characteristics of ADHD in children, preventing misbehaviors, working with adolescents, and how ADHD impacts the entire family.

ADD & ADHD Answer Book: Professional Answers to 275 of the Top Questions Parents Ask

Author: Susan Ashley

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

This book is written in question and answer format and is designed to be used as a reference book. If you have a question about ADHD, parenting children with ADHD, treatment for ADHD or working with schools, you can look for your question and read the author's answer. Some of the questions addressed in the book include: Can poor parenting cause AD/HD? What can social skills training do? What treatments work? What treatments don't work? There are many more questions to help parents understand ADHD and help their children succeed.

How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD: Practical Techniques, Strategies and Interventions

Author: Sandra F. Rief, M.A.

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

This book can help both parents and teachers, providing practical suggestions for helping children with ADHD in the classroom and at homework time. There is basic information about ADHD and treatment options. It also provides ways to teach impulse control, improve concentration and learn study skills. There is additional information on teaching social skills as well as problem areas parents and teachers should look for during the school years.

10 Days to a Less Distracted Child: The Breakthrough Program the Gets Your Kids to Listen, Learn, Focus and Behave

Author: Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D.

Publisher: Da Capo Press

This book provides information for parents to help their children work through distraction and inattention problems. Information covered in the book includes: homework, social problems, using positive reinforcement, coexisting conditions, medication and alternative treatments and long-term suggestions for managing distractibility.

Attention Games

Author: Barbara Sher

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

This book lists 101 games to help children learn to increase attention and focus. Written by a teacher and occupational therapist, the book includes games and activities (mental games, not physical) to play with children from infancy through the teen years.

Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD: A Practical Parent's Guide for Managing Difficult Behaviors

Author: Grad L. Flick Ph.D.

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Written in plain language, this book provides practical information and strategies parents can adopt in every day living situations. Some of the topics included in the book are: getting an accurate diagnosis, setting rules, choosing consequences, decreasing problem behaviors, overcoming social problems and improving self-esteem.

The Gift of ADHD

Author" Lara Honos-Webb

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

This book explains the common symptoms of ADHD and then introduces those same symptoms in a positive light, showing how the characteristics of ADHD can be "gifts" and helping parents to have an appreciation for the ADHD traits in their children. The book includes exercises to help parents cope with their fear of failure. The book also provides information on working with the educational system.

Teenagers with ADD and ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Author: Chris A. Zeigler Dendy


This book deals specifically with problems teens with ADHD may have, including social, long-term planning, and self-advocacy as well as discussing the basics of ADHD. Ms. Dendy also explains the role of executive functioning and how this is impacted by ADHD and talks about co-existing conditions, such as learning disabilities.

School Success for Kids with ADHD

Author" Stephan M. Silverman, Jacqueline S. Iseman, Sue Jeweler

Publisher: Prufrock Press

This book is written to address the needs of ADHD in the classroom. It explains the laws surrounding ADHD, how to advocate and coach students with ADHD, building on strengths and includes tools such as checklists to help parents and teachers.

Eileen Bailey
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Eileen Bailey

Eileen Bailey is an award-winning author of six books on health and parenting topics and freelance writer specializing in health topics including ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer. Her wish is to provide readers with relevant and practical information on health conditions to help them make informed decisions regarding their health care.