Saturday, September 11, 2010

Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD

Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD
A Self-Help Manual for Parents
Cathy Laver-Bradbury, Margaret Thompson, Anne Weeks, David Daley and Edmund J. S. Sonuga-Barke
Raising a child with ADHD can be distressing and exhausting for the whole family. But given the appropriate knowledge, and the right tools, parents can intervene to manage their child's behaviour, leading to improved relationships at home and, it is hoped, a more successful time at school.

This simple, flexible six-step programme is full of tried-and-tested ideas for parents and professionals supporting families of young children with ADHD. By practicing the techniques and strategies, parents will gain confidence in their parenting and, over time, will improve the child’s management of the condition. The programme includes games that will help improve the child’s attention, exercises to develop patience and tips for supporting the child in successful self-organization. There are also plenty of useful ideas for developing communication between parents and schools.

Based on research and extensive clinical experience, Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD will help families to adapt their parenting to the child, improving relationships and behaviours in the home and at play group.

I found Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD informative and easy to read. As most of you probably know my oldest son has Autism & ADHD and we think my younger son might have ADHD too so this book was very relevant for our situation. I appreciated the down-to-earth tone of the book. I appreciated that the authors totally validated the struggles and emotions of the parents while at the same time giving really practical advice on how to help your child. They also made a special effort to acknowledge that many of the parents have ADHD themselves... in our case it is my husband... which can make parenting these kids even more difficult.

The steps are very clearly laid out and it is a fairly simple plan to follow. We will be implementing many, if not all, of the ideas in this book. Some we were already doing but it is good to be more purposeful about it. If you are the parent of a kid with ADHD than I definitely recommend this book to you. It would probably also be very helpful for teachers.

Thanks so much to Jessica Kingsley Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.

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