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Grade 5 Up-Dendy, a former teacher and mental health counselor, collaborated with her son, who was diagnosed with ADD as a child, to produce this "survival guide" to help kids with attention deficit cope with life. The book introduces 12 young people (ranging in age from 12 to 18) and describes their struggles with ADD/ADHD issues. Chapter two deals with 13 common challenges of these disorders (e.g., disorganization, impulsivity, inattention, procrastination) and includes advice from the teens. Next, the authors move to potential hot-button issues, including schools and IEPs, medication, driving, and friendships. The appendixes are chock-full of easy-to-understand information about how the brain works, the difference between the two conditions, and strategies for success in school. Black-and-white photos of the teen contributors and computer-generated cartoons appear throughout. This is a pick-it-up, read-a-bit, and set-it-down kind of nonfiction, and the text is to the point and list filled. A very practical resource.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Cherish the Children; 2nd edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967991145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967991146
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Abney Zeigler Dendy, a popular author, mother of three children and five grandchildren with ADHD, speaks with authority on ADHD from her perspective both as a parent, former educator and school psychologist with 40+ years experience.
She and her husband, Tommy, provide ADHD training nationally and internationally. Their more interesting international training events were in Athens Greece, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, London, and several cities in Canada. Dendy's husband, a Naval Academy graduate, speaks about discipline from his unique military perspective. He also shares the parenting lessons he has learned. During the last 20 years, the Dendy's have given presentations on ADHD in most of the 50 states.
She has authored four books on ADHD, created the "ADHD Iceberg," and produced two DVDs, "Real Life ADHD: A DVD survival guide for teens," and "Father to Father: Expert advice on ADHD". Dendy's husband is a featured speaker in their "Father to Father" DVD. Their son, Alex Zeigler was the videographer and editor for both DVDs. In addition, Alex was co-author of their "Bird's-Eye View" book and co-creator of the "ADHD Iceberg". Zeigler Dendy was the lead author and editor for the "CHADD Educators Manual on ADHD" plus was the co-creator of "CHADD's Teacher to Teacher training modules."
Zeigler Dendy has received numerous awards for her distinguished work in this field: CHADD's Lifetime Achievement Award and Hall of Fame Award; ADDA-SR's Eisenberg Award. Visit Chris Dendy's website for free articles.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Keyes on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book at the recommendation of the psychologist who tested our daughter for ADD. It is written for older children and teenagers who have ADD or ADHD. My daughter, age 17, found it interesting. It helped her know that she was not the only one with this condition and gave her many tips for coping with life. Although I found much of it redundant, the book helped me see ADD from the perspective of a teenager.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Craig S. Pearlman on May 6, 2006
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this book is the best insight for a parent dealing with the frustrations of a bright teen struggling with ADD issues. The opportunity to read the words of teens who have dealt with the struggle give moral support to parents that there is hope. This is a must buy!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2006
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This book is a must for parents of ADHD children as well as educators. As both a parent of an ADHD child and a teacher, I found this book enlightening as well as practical. It is a very easy read, in fact, I read it in two days. It is easy to understand and is written in layman terms not scientific/medical jargon. It explains so many aspects ADHD is language that parents can understand and offers some sensible solutions to everyday problems. This book has become by ADHD bible.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Teo on May 8, 2009
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This is an upbeat and hopeful book written for tweens and teens, but a good read for parents of kids with ADHD as well. The children in this book are high achievers or talented in some way, so they make good role models. Lots of hard science written in an interesting and age appropriate way. Also lots of tips for coping with situations that can be challenging for kids with ADHD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. D. Wetherholt on July 14, 2006
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I bought this book on the advice of my son's psychologist and it was worth every penny. I am also a special ed teacher and will recommend it to every teacher I know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Food Fan on November 24, 2007
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This book is easy to read, in down-to-earth language, and Question & Answer format. Presents ideas from a teenager's 1st person perspective. Covers a variety of relevant topics. Besides helping parents and teachers, I think high schoolers, college kids, and maybe junior high kids will find this book to be useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nancy music lover on December 1, 2009
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I have read many books on ADD (I have it, both kids have it). This is by far the best book for teens to read to understand their ADD and how it affects their lives. PArents should read, too. Helps to understand what kids are going thru. Started out as library book, and then bought this copy. Make sure you give your teen a pack of post-it notes as they read thru to mark passages. Recommended to teens, parents and any psychologist who claims to understand ADD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Shopper on September 25, 2010
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My 13 year old Granddaughter has suffered with ADHD and it's comlications all of her life. She loves this book that helps her understand others are going through it too and gives her hints on organizing herself and getting things done. It has made a difference in her life!
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