Helpful Books, Links, Apps & Tools
Compassionate and effective strategies for raising a child with ADHD.
Parenting children with ADHD, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, can be challenging and complex. But just as a child who struggles with reading can learn to decode words, children with ADHD can learn patience, communication, and solution-seeking skills to become more confident, independent, and capable. This book, rich with optimism, tips, tools, and action plans, offers science-based insights and systems for parents to help cultivate these skills.
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Cindy’s Parenting Wheel of Life: This is my tool to help you figure out how “bumpy” is your parenting ride.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.
SocialThinking.com Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, coined the term “Social Thinking” and helps educators, clinicians, professionals of all types, and parents/family members appreciate that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life, socially, academically, and professionally.
Think:Kids promotes the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem-solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, their approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed.
Shykids The purpose of this website is to talk about shyness – what it is and what it feels like.
Understood Understood.org aims to give parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone. I am proud to be on their board of Experts.
Great Books for Kids
The Fix-It Friends: Eyes on the Prize by Nicole C. Kear
Jimmy Racecar by J.B. Snyder, MD
Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern
A Walk in the Rain with a Brain by Ned Hallowell
My Brain needs Glasses: Living with Hyperactivity by Annick Vincent
ADHD and Me: What I learned from lighting fires at the Dinner Table by Blake E.S. Taylor
My Friend the Troublemaker: Learning to Focus and Thriving with ADHD by Rifka Schonfeld
A Bird’s Eye View of Life with ADHD by Alex Zeigler and Chris Dendy
Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living with ADHD by Jeanne Krauss and Whitney Martin
Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle by Deborah M. Moss
Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. The reading level ranges from grade levels 2 – 5.
Percy Jackson & the Olympiads by Rick Riordan
Who Moved My Cheese? For Teens by Spencer Johnson
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Knowing What to Say (American Girl) by Patti Kelley Criswell
Jarvis Clutch – Social Spy by Mel Levine
Books and Magazines
ADDitude Magazine Attention deficit information about ADHD symptoms, medication, treatment, diagnosis, and parenting ADD children from the experts at ADDitude magazine.
Attention Magazine A benefit of CHADD membership, this magazine provides science-based information and support for people affected by ADHD.
Empowering Youth with ADHD by Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC
Learning Outside The Lines by Jonathon Mooney and David Cole
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams, PhD
Driven to Distraction by Ned Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.
Helping your Anxious Child by Rapee, Spence, Cobhan, and Wignall
Between Parent & Teenager by Dr. Haim Ginott
Ready or Not, Here Life Comes by Mel Levine, M.D.
Lost at School by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
Buzz by Katherine Ellison
Don’t be Your Own Bully by Kerri Golding Oransky, LCSW
Understanding Girls with ADHD: How They Feel and Why They Do What They Do by Kathleen Nadeau and Ellen Littman
Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens by Spencer Johnson
Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking by Tamar Chomsky
ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild your Relationship by Melissa Orlov
Great Learning and Studying Tools
TimeTimer: For many people, it’s a challenge noticing the passage of time. The Time Timer can be a great tool to help others be aware and release you from being the constant reminder!
Times Tales: Times Tales is a creative, innovative mnemonic-based program that makes it fun and easy to memorize the upper multiplication facts. Times Tales uses cute, simple stories to provide students with a “memory peg”, allowing them to quickly recall otherwise abstract facts, making it great for kids with ADHD and/or learning disabilities.
Inspiration Software: Excellent mind-mapping software for people with AD/HD or LD who have trouble organizing thoughts in a sequential, written form. Mind mapping (graphic organizing, visual thinking) software or devices provide the freedom to express ideas in a visual format, record them as they come, and link them together later to create an outline. Inspiration is for grades 6-12. The website offers a free trial.
Super Kids: Make your own math drill sheets for free! Simply select the type of problems and a worksheet will be created to our specifications, ready to be printed for use.
Quizlet: Wonderful site to make online flashcards, create interactive quizzes, and view other peoples flash cards as well.
Flashcard Exchange: Create flashcards and tests. Millions of flashcards already stored on a variety of academic topics.
Starfall.com: A free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.
Cognitech Café: Assistive Technology Resources for Individuals, Families, and Professionals. Has wonderful links and resources.
Kahn Academy: Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of thousands of video lessons and practice exercises covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.
ReadWriteThink: Interactive learning activities for grades K-12. One of my favorites, Essay Map, is an interactive graphic organizer that helps students develop an outline that includes an introductory statement and the main ideas they want to discuss or describe.
Free Comic Strip Maker: Great tool to help kids express themselves through the use of comic strips.
Learning Ally: Many kids with ADHD have trouble focusing on written words and occasionally benefit from listening to text. Learning Ally provides Audio versions of books and textbooks for those who benefit from listening and not just reading the material as well as those who struggle with fluency and decoding.
iHomework: This app brings the standard agenda pad to life by adding useful features and integration with their home computer.
Flashcards+: This app allows students to create easy-to-read flashcards and monitor their progress in memorizing the facts.
Best Alarm Clock: This app lets you choose songs from your personal playlist or built-in sounds. You can determine the length of the snooze and set unlimited backup alarms.
Mindful Meditations: These are free short meditations. Mindfulness is a wonderful means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.