5 Interesting Books About ADHD
- The ADHD Advantage
- Parenting the Strong-Willed Child
- Smart But Scattered Teens
- Easy to Love But Hard to Raise
- Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD
With so many great books for parents of ADHD children, it’s hard to choose just five. This list covers the most important topics but isn’t definitive. You’ll learn a little bit about building schedules, managing your own emotions and teaching life skills to your child. Many of these books contain bibliographies or sections for further reading to help you continue learning.
1. The ADHD Advantage
Psychiatrist author Dale Archer challenges the conventional understanding of ADHD with this powerful book. Dr. Archer urges parents and patients to view ADHD as a strength. He discusses the positive attributes of ADHD: Curiosity, energy, creativity and resiliency. He also highlights successful people with ADHD and profiles how their diagnosis has enhanced their quality of life. If you’re struggling to cope with your child’s diagnosis or wondering how your child can success in life with ADHD, you need to read this book.
2. Parenting the Strong-Willed Child
Are you struggling to enforce rules with your young child with ADHD? This book has everything you need to start a clinically proven five-week behavior modification program. You’ll learn positive reinforcement methods to control outbursts, discourage temper tantrums and still preserve your child’s dignity. The authors have also included an easy-to-read section explaining the latest research on ADHD. This is a great book for parents of children ages two to six.
3. Smart But Scattered Teens
If you’re parenting a teenager with ADHD, you need this book. Your teen is constantly struggling to make deadlines, finish chores or get out the door on time. This guide teaches you how to help your teenager build their executive skills. Kids with ADHD often struggle with the time management and decision making that make up executive skills; if you don’t address this problem, your child might have difficulties with high-level jobs or college completion. Luckily, you’ll get easy strategies to build those skills with your child and free access to printable, online worksheets.
4. Easy to Love But Hard to Raise
This is one of several books for parents of ADHD children who need emotional support for themselves. Caring for an exceptional child can be draining. That’s why Kay Marner compiled these personal essays. You’ll realize you’re not alone in your struggles to raise a happy, healthy child or in dealing with the emotional challenges of caring for a child with ADHD. It’s a great read if you’re feeling burn-out and need to reset yourself. Check out this list of stress reduction tips for families of children with ADHD from Psychology Today. If you don’t have a regular self-care routine, get started. Make this book part of your plan.
5. Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD
Although targeted towards adults, this easy-to-read book is also appropriate for teenagers with ADHD. Written by professional organizer and mom to a child with ADHD Susan C. Pinsky, the book delivers proven tactics for organizing life, events and personal space. Rather than just yelling at your kid to please, please, please clean up their room, use this book to teach them how to organize their bedroom. It provides the perfect training wheels for teens who want to improve but don’t know where to start.
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You’re on a lifelong journey to parent a difficult but rewarding child. Make reading part of that journey by starting with these five important books for parents of children with ADHD.