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
Publisher: 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.
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.
Author: Barbara Sher
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.
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 is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.