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Attention Deficit Disorder and a New School Year


With the start of a new school year looming just beyond the horizon, ask yourself the question, “What is school going to be like for my child with ADD? Is he going to have a great school year?” Here’s the good news. You have some control over what kind of year it will be! By implementing structures for success early in the game, your child should have a fabulous school year. These books are recommended reading to help your child have a most successful school year.

Parents need to be passionate advocates for their children with ADD/ADHD. These books can help give parents the knowledge base that they need to be effective advocates. Learning about strategies that help ADD assists parents in building the best educational program to suit their children’s needs.

Delivered from Distraction
Delivered from Distraction, by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D. is a comprehensive book that explores topics from an overview of ADD to the diagnosis and treatment. This book is written by two doctors who have ADD. They understand the possibilities that folks with ADD have. Both have been active in the practice of helping people with ADD live creative and productive lives.

How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD
Sandra F. Rief’s comprehensive book, How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD is a complete reference for parents and educators. You will be able to give your educational team tips about how to help your child in class. If your child is having a specific problem in school, this book will help you to address it. My review tells about the content in each section. This is a great reference!

Social Rules for Kids-The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed
Social Rules for Kids, by Susan Diamond, tells 100 important social rules that kids need to succeed. Sue Diamond gives a solid method for achieving success in learning the rules and putting them into action. When it comes to teaching young teens about social rules, it doesn't get any better than this! I am not the only one who thinks so. Social Rules for Kids-The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed by the author, Sue Diamond, was the 2011 Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal Recipient.

Each chapter of this kid-friendly book addresses different groups of social rules. Using positive, simple, and directive language, the format is easy to follow. Each page has one rule in bold print at the top of the page. A simple justification is given for the rule. After that, there are concrete steps listed to implement the rule. At the end of the rule is a bold print “remember” statement. This restates why it is good for the child to apply the rule. This is a powerful format for learning and applying social rules, especially for kids who have challenges with social skills.

AD/HD Homework Challenges Transformed
How many times have you spent the whole evening in conflict with your child when they have homework? This adds so much stress to the family dynamic. When you are in need of homework help, AD/HD Homework Challenges Transformed! by Harriet Hope Green can give you the tools that you need. It's like having an expert tutor at your elbow giving you advice about how to help your child get through those hours of homework. This book is filled with creative ideas for helping your kid do that pesky homework. Using these techniques, you will bring joy to your kid’s homework life, instead of angst.

Building School Success with ADD E-Book
In 2011, I reviewed what I had learned from my years of experience as a person with ADD and as a mother of children who have ADD. I tied this together with the knowledge that I had gained as a teacher who has taught hundreds of students with ADD. The result was a book. This is what I wish that I had known when my kids were going through the public school system. Building School Success with ADD can help parents become more effective advocates for their children. Students who have the benefits of the information in this book can be more successful in school.


Each of these books has a full review in the Reviews section of the Attention Deficit Disorder site at BellaOnline. These reviews can help you decide which books will bring you the most benefit to help your child. Many of the books can be borrowed from the library. If you want them in your personal library, consider buying them as used books. Download a copy of my e-book Building School Success with ADD. For the month of August 2012, it’s my gift to you. Click on the Related Link to the book that is at the end of this article. Follow the directions at the bottom of the book page. Arm yourself with knowledge and strategies. Then, have a fantastic new school year with your child!
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