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ADHD- Living Without Brakes 1st Edition

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"Even if parents, teachers, and therapists read no further than the table of contents, they will gain a hugely valuable set of guidelines for helping children with ADHD. Of course, they'd best continue reading, because Dr. Kutscher fleshes out each guideline in the realistic-but-optimistic style his readers have come to expect... I cannot imagine a more clear, concise, and empathetic guide. Reading this book is like sitting down for a leisurely chat with an extremely compassionate, informed, and down-to-earth physician." --Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me, or Adult ADD?

"Martin Kutscher is a paediatric neurologist and understands the nature of ADHD as well as the perspectives and experiences of parents, teachers and children. He explains ADHD in a clear and engaging style that will ensure that his book will be read, appreciated and the practical strategies implemented at home and at school. I strongly recommend Living Without Brakes as the book of first choice for parents of a child with ADHD." ----Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome and Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

"Dr. Kutscher has brilliantly accomplished exactly what he has set out to do. This book is wonderfully concise yet all-inclusive while remaining an easy read for parents and educators alike. The parenting and educational strategies are a great combination of proven methods that are realistic and practical to implement. Most of all, this book will help parents and anyone else who works with these children thoroughly understand how they think and why they function the way they do." ----Heidi Bernhardt, National Director of the Centre for ADHD/ADD Advocacy Canada (CADDAC)

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An accessible guide to the spectrum of ADHD for parents and busy professionals

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843108739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843108733
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Martin L. Kutscher, M.D. is board certified in Pediatrics and in Neurology, with Special Competency in Child Neurology. He lectures internationally, and is author of five recent books, including Organizing the Disorganized Child (with Marcella Moran); ADHD: Living without Brakes, Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar and More: The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals; The ADHD BOOK: Living Right Now; and Children with Seizures. A graduate of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his pediatrics at Temple University's St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and a pediatric neurology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kutscher is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and of Neurology at the New York Medical College. Dr. Kutscher's medical practice is limited to pediatric behavioral neurology. He is author of the website

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H on July 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to any parent who has recently entered the ADHD world with one of their children. My 9yr old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type this spring. ADHD Living Without Brakes is the first book I read after sitting through the parent feedback session with the child psychologist who performed my daughter's neuro/psych test.

I found this book to be a wonderful diving board into deeper waters of ADHD reading, if you will. In 130 pages, Dr. Kutscher clearly, consisely and effectively tells us about ADHD in terms of brain physiology, emotional effects on the ADHD'er, strains on family life and a memorable explanation of what it must feel like to have ADHD. For me, that last bit was unexpected and cherished. So many times while reading this book did I stumble across an "ah-ha!" moment of recognition.

After reading ADHD Living Without Brakes I understood my daughter exponentially better than I had before; and I felt confident in choosing further reading on ADHD that would have seemed overwhelming at first (you know, the three inch thick books on ADHD that include a maddening amount of information of which you'll only need a small percentage).

Dr. K's descriptions of ADHD's effects on the brain's executive functions are invaluable. Understanding executive function opens the door to sympathy and help for the ADHD child. His explanation of co-morbid dysfunctions are eye-opening.

He gives parents simple steps we can take to make our child's life function smoother and for us all to feel more sane at home. Using his techniques has worked well for us. His suggestions are basic, loving and realistic, rather than a complex system that needs special training and memorization.

I only have two criticisms of Dr.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marie on May 1, 2009
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I am a parent of a child with TS and ADHD and I highly recommend this book. It has been an excellent tool for home and school. Explains ADHD and gives wonderful strategies for parents and teachers in an easy to understand, all-inclusive book. This book, as well as Dr. Kutscher's other books has helped me understand and advocate for my son. It is useful to read before scheduled IEP and Sec. 504 school meetings in getting accommodations for the ADHD child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By zori Levine on September 15, 2013
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My husband and I had read tens of books about kids with unusually explosive behavior and ADHD. Most books help you as a parent feel better bc they get you to realize you are not alone and there are plenty of other parents battling with difficult children. This book is different.

Upon completing this book, I had an epiphany. I no longer felt badly for myself and angry that I was dealt this difficult deck, but rather my compassion shifted from myself to my daughter. Martin Kutcher really got it! His approach to helping you child (and myself) was quite different from anything else I had ever read. His solutions are realistic and truly work with your child instead of against them .

We had incredible success using techniques outlined in the book. I was so impressed with Martin's insight to what we were going through, I actually looked him up and scheduled an appointment with him..first to thank him for improving our lives and secondly to understand how he was able to have such acumen to what was really going on and how to realistically help these kids move forward instead of the constant road blocks of traditional advice.

Upon meeting Dr. Kutscher, I expressed my gratefulness and went on to ask how he was so on point. Well, Dr. Kutscher has an ADHDer of his own!!!! He has been battling these problems hands on as a parent for 20 something years. Hence his perspective was much more in tune to the realities of homelife with an ADHDer than any other author I had ever come across. A must read for all parents looking for a realistic approach!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Drumming to my own beat on March 7, 2011
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A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE: Everyone has a neighbor with a child that is a menace; oh excuse me an adult too most likely. You cannot understand why the kid knocked over your garbage can for no apparent reason. You'll never understand why your neighbor's wife is always loosing her patience with her ADHD husband. He seems so normal. After this read you'll understand what goes on in their brains & have some compassion instead of calling them idiots. It's a must for all educators to appreciate how their students think - PLEASE adapt your teaching methods. It's a must for the 35+ who didn't know they had ADD problems as a child (it didnt exist) and now you can feel validated for all your challenges in life, you can start afresh, even if your 70, do it for your grandkids, they will respect you even more. Yours truly, a 41 year old ADD male adult (without the H!!!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaymi Harnly on October 25, 2009
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This is a great resource for ALL teachers and parents of kids with ADHD and for those teachers and parents WITH ADHD. Kutscher is a great communicator and this is easy for anyone to understand. An Honest portrayal of life with ADHD. I have to sometimes think the must have had cameras is my house or classroom!
A must read. Section for kids to read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By drthomas on April 6, 2009
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Many, if not most, people do not truly understand ADD, what it is, how it feels, what causes it, and what it causes. This superb book is the answer.

The reviewer who complained that the summary was 35 pages long and restated everything pertinent in the book clearly doesn't have ADD. Approximately 80% of the risk of having ADD is genetic, which means that a substantial number of parents reading the book also have ADD. Dr. Kutscher appreciated the difficulty most people with ADD have in finishing a book or remembering what they read and no doubt wrote the summary for them. As a parent with ADD, the summary is a gift.

I highly recommend this book not only to parents, but also to anyone with ADD and to anyone who wants a true understanding of ADD.
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