8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD by Cindy Goldrich
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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Tools and Resources
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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.
ADDresources.org A national non-profit organization that provides quality information, resources, and support to help those with ADHD achieve their full potential
Edge Foundation A non-profit foundation whose primary mission is to provide access to qualified, professional coaches for students with ADHD as part of their multi-modal treatment program
Social-Other-School Research An on-line special needs information guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals to use at their convenience. “Invisible” special needs are addressed, such as autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, social & play skills, Sensory Processing Disorder, anxiety/stress, and much more.
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.
Social Skills Central Whether the kids you know have typical problems like shyness or dealing with bullying, or they have atypical problems, like the ones experienced by children on the Autism spectrum, they have hundreds of ways to help you help the kids you care about.
Bullying This website is a wonderful resource for parents, teachers and mental health professionals.
Internet Special Education Resources (ISER) Directory of special needs professionals, services, organizations, products and help articles for parents of kids, teens, and young adults with special needs.
Understood 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.
Great Books for Kids with ADHD and Learning Challenges
Books for children about ADHD
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
Book series featuring a main character with ADHD and/or Learning Challenges
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. Series ranges from grade levels 2 – 5.
Percy Jackson & the Olympiads by Rick Riordan
Other great books for children, adolescents and teens
There are a variety of books covering issues like lying, tattling, making friends, curbing impulsivity, etc. by Julia Cook
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.
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
Great Learning and Studying Tools
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.
Google Docs: Create and share your work online with fellow students and colleagues for free. Allows you to edit live while online with co-workers.
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 flash cards, 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 text books for those who benefit from listening and not just reading material as well as those who struggle with fluency and decoding.
Helpful Apps for Time Management, Organization, Homework tracking and More
30/30: Task Management plain and simple
HassleMe: Every once in a while we all need to be hassled to do something! Try this free email reminder tool.
AudioNote: Link your note taking to audio. Watch as your text and drawings highlight during playback, helping you to remember the context in which they were taken.
iRewardChart: Teaching children responsibility and accountability is a challenge many parents face. This app allows you to customize your tasks and expectations for each child and then give them points when complying.
rXmindMe: This app helps truly coordinate every aspect of medication management.
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 play list or built in sounds. You can determine the length of the snooze and set unlimited back up 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.
Setting Limits for Internet and Gaming Usage
Options are available to set limits for the amount of time children (and adults!) spend surfing the internet and playing games. Here are some helpful websites for some of the more popular options.
Freedom – If the Internet is distracting you from doing your work, this app locks you out for up to eight hours at a time.
LeechBlock – a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. (You know: the ones that rhyme with “Blue Cube”, “Space Hook”, “Sticky Media”, “Quitter”, and the like.) All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them.
Nintendo Game Systems: Information for Parents
Parental controls for the Xbox 360 console and the Zune Music + Video software
Playstation Game Systems: Information for Parents
Parent Controls for Apple Products: iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch