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10 Days to a Less Distracted Child: The Breakthrough Program that Gets Your Kids to Listen, Learn, Focus, and Behave Paperback – July 18, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940194
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Atlanta Parent, 2/09
“Parents will learn to avoid homework battles, build their child’s confidence and reduce issues of losing focus.”

About the Author

Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist specializing in child and family therapy in the Philadelphia area who has helped hundreds of defiant children and their families restore their relationships. The author of 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child and Why Can't You Read My Mind?, Bernstein has appeared on the Today Show and Court TV, among other venues.

More About the Author

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in child and family therapy in the Philadelphia area. I have worked with over a thousand defiant children and their families restore their relationships. I also have a strong practice in couples therapy. I have appeared on the Today Show, Court TV, the Comcast Cable Television network, and other Philadephia TV stations. I have also been on radio across the country. My work has also been quoted in publications such as Cosmopolitan Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and Men's Health Maganzine.

Customer Reviews

We've not had him tested because we're against medicating him.
oaklandish
He really tries to help parents understand why their kids do what they do, and also normalizes their own sometimes unproductive reactions.
Ari Tuckman
I took his actions as defiance, but after reading Dr. Bernstein's book, I realize he is just EXTREMELY distractable.
Heather Loftiss

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By D. Bryant on July 9, 2008
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I've read many, many books on ADHD and distractibility (Hallowell/Ratey, Murphy, etc.). While those books supplied much-needed background info -- and I urge you to read them as well -- this book gives you ACTUAL STEPS TO TAKE when -- or before -- you're at wit's end.

My creative, intelligent, distractible son has had a lot of the issues described in this book: social interaction, homework trouble, depression and confidence. Although this is a "10-day" program, I urge you to read the entire book first, just to get an overview. It's full of great insight and will help you understand why/how your child learns differently.

I"m a "Type A" mom -- a list-maker, neat freak, get-it-done-now person -- and it's literally taken years to understand my son. This book gave me concrete ways to help my child navigate a world that's not set up for his way of approaching things.

NOTE: Check out "Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World" as well, if your child is particularly creative and "visual" as well as being distractible.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Heather Loftiss on February 4, 2008
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I bought 10 days to a Less Distracted Child at the same time as 10 days to a Less Defiant Child. I decided to read less distracted first, because frankly, I was angry with my 6-year old son. He is in kindergarten, reading at a high second-grade level, can add and subtract, and was getting daily reports saying he was NOT completing his work at school. My very bright son was getting labeled a trouble-maker and a "slow" child. I took his actions as defiance, but after reading Dr. Bernstein's book, I realize he is just EXTREMELY distractable. And, I really recognized myself in his descriptions too. On both sides - the exhausted, over-reacting parent and the distracted little kid.

As a parent with ADHD, it is highly likely my son has it as well. This book helped me to slow down and recognize that my son is trying his best, but completely lacks the skills to know how to keep himself on track. And that is my job as his parent to teach him.

This book is very easy to read, the steps are easy to follow, (even for a very distractable mom like me), and they make an IMMEDIATE difference. My son started bringing home silver stars (the highest they give for behavior) the day after I started using the steps in the book. I highly recommend this book to any parent who is struggling with a child who is under-performing . Also, if you have a defiant child, maybe you should read this book first and see if they are really just distracted.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on August 5, 2007
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I have a preteen child and a teenager with distractibility. The younger one definitely has ADHD and the older one worries too much. I have been dreading facing another school year with my kids avoiding schoolwork and homework. Now after reading this book, I see how much I was doing wrong when dealing with my kids. This book is packed with solutions and, most importantly, showed me the most helpful ways to get my kids to apply them. I was thrilled with Dr. Bernstein's other book, 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child and these two books are simply outstanding!
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Redpoint on October 15, 2009
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This is an extremely simplistic book, written for people who have done no previous reading on the topic. There is nothing new inside it. Moreover, I feel like I am being talked down to. For example, in the section on homework, the author describes three types of parents, the "passive," the "sledgehammer", and the "calm, firm, noncontrolling." The way the book is written, the reader is either passive or sledgehammer, and the goal is to be the third. How simplistic is that! Perhaps there are a few people who can relate to being passive or sledgehammer-like, but most people are more complex, and many of us have tried to be the third for a long time--and that hasn't made the homework any easier. Tips for getting the kid to do his/her homework are nothing that I haven't already tried. Hire a tutor. Keep organized notebooks. Find out the homework policy. Monitor your child's homework. Nothing new or revelatory. I wish I didn't waste my time or money here.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alisa on February 24, 2008
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This book is great for that parent who is at their wits end with their kids behavior issues... if you are tired of yelling, threatening, spanking etc.. and having it go NO WHERE!! Then read this book. Nothing works all of the time but this book gave me "his" view. How he is thinking/reasoning and suggestions on how to deal with it. I don't have to yell(unless it's to get everyone's attention) I make suggestions and try and get him to tell me what the problem is or how to fix it. It doesn't work all the time but it does help considerably!!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ari Tuckman on October 30, 2007
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Dr. Bernstein obviously gets it. He clearly understands these distractible kids and why they do what they do. He also understands their parents and the challenges that they face. More importantly, he understands what they can do about it! This book is packed with practical tips and strategies that parents can use to help their distractible kids do better in school and at home. Although obviously this applies mostly to ADHD kids, there are other reasons why a child could have trouble with inattention, and Dr. Bernstein's suggestions are applicable to them as well. He really tries to help parents understand why their kids do what they do, and also normalizes their own sometimes unproductive reactions. There are other books out there on this topic, but few of them are as thorough or helpful.
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