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Advance praise for Superparenting for ADD

“The shelves of most bookstores are lined with volumes that define, explain, and demystify attention deficits. But Superparenting for ADD is different. An upbeat, positive, and constructive guide, it offers parents strategies that will assist them in the day-to-day challenges of raising their ADD child and help him to reach his fullest potential.”
–Richard Lavoie, author of It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

“I once believed that understanding genes and their effects on the brain would be the only means to effectively help children with ADHD. But despite the strong role genes play, I wholeheartedly agree with Hallowell and Jensen that love trumps all else. This book is a must-read for parents, scientists, and physicians and it will obliterate once and for all a purely deficit-based model of understanding ADHD.”
–Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, UCLA

“Superparenting for ADD is written with an exuberance and directness that makes it easy reading. . . . Taking us inside the minds of ADD children and showing how the world looks from their perspective, Hallowell and Jensen provide invaluable advice for parents and educators alike.”
–Tyler C. Tingley, principal, Phillips Exeter Academy

“This beautifully written and groundbreaking book will compel you to look anew at ADD children and to see the gifts that are too often hidden in clouds of frustration and heartache. On a mission to change the paradigm of ADD treatment, Hallowell and Jensen offer very practical, step-by-step advice to help parents mine and develop the gold within every ‘distracted’ child. Mission accomplished!”
–John Ratey, M.D., co-author of Driven to Distraction and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

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About the Author

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for twenty years and is now the director of the Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and New York City. He is the co-author of Delivered from Distraction and Driven to Distraction as well as the author of CrazyBusy, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, and Worry, among other titles. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife and their three children.

Peter S. Jensen, M.D., is a world-renowned child psychiatrist, the author of more than 200 scientific articles, and the CEO of the REACH (REsource for Advancing Children’s Health) Institute. Dr. Jensen was the founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health at Columbia University and the associate director of Child and Adolescent Research at NIMH, where he served from 1989 to 2000. In 1999 he received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI (the National Alliance for the Mental Ill) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. He lives in New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345497775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345497772
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By C. Owenby on May 9, 2009
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After a decade of experience as the parent of an ADHD child, I feel that Superparenting for ADD is the first book that parents new to ADHD should read. It offers valuable strategies to help your child reach his/her full potential. I wish it had been available when I was first learning about ADHD.

As a professional educator, I think this book should be at the top of the reading list for both parents and teachers that have and know children with ADHD. It offers valuable strategies to help in the day-to-day challenges of raising and teaching the ADHD child.

In addition to the message of Unconditional Love and other important themes in this book for raising a distracted child, Superparenting offers in Chapter 9, concise and valuable information about treating ADD: Changes in Lifestyle (Sleep, Diet, Exercise and Positive Human Contact), providing Structure, Counseling, and Medication. Appendix A offers equally valuable information on using Behavioral Strategies to help your child improve his or her behavior. These two sections alone justify the purchase of this book.

In addition to this and Dr. Hallowell's other fine books, you should consider looking at books written by Thomas E. Brown and Russell A. Barkley. Hallowell, Brown and Barkley each have websites with informative articles for parents, teachers and others.

Please note that while Hallowell prefers the term ADD over ADHD, but this book is really Superparenting for ADHD.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Heather Peirce on January 4, 2009
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Both fathers of ADD children themselves, Dr. Hallowell & Dr. Jenson, do an excellent service here reminding us parents to stay focused on the most important factor of all in raising any child (with or without ADHD) ... Unconditional Love.

This book is upbeat, positive and easy reading. It helps you deal with all the parenting challenges you face at school and at home while raising a child with ADD. But more importantly it helps you see the gifts of these children in a much brighter light.

The practical strength-based techniques they give you in this book show you how to put the talents, charms, and positive essence of your child ahead of any shortcomings associated with ADD.

This book is clearly outlined and organized and gives you a specific game plan that includes:

* UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Tune out the diagnosticians and labelers and simply notice and nourish the spirit of your child for who he is. Providing this unshakable base of support will set the tone for all interactions to come.

* VIEWING THE MIRROR TRAITS There are positive sides of the negative symptoms associated with ADD: stubbornness = persistence; impulsiveness = creativity; intrusiveness = eagerness. By recognizing the mirror traits, you avoid the ravages of shame and fear.

* THE CYCLE OF EXCELLENCE Use this critical 5-step process to help a child develop self- and social awareness. Nurture an environment in which a child can safely take risks, reserve time to let a child dabble as a way to learn, encourage playful practice, support mastery of a skill (whatever the skill may be), and then recognize a child's accomplishments.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kim on November 27, 2012
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I must admit that I have not finished reading the book, yet. I have been reading, very slowly, actually. I got it with the hope that it would tell me what to "do" about my son. And, while it is giving me some "to dos", it is much more than that. So, I am savoring it. This book, for me, is not just a "how to". It is a call to parent with more consciousness, heart, and connection. Something that would be good for all parents of all kinds of children. It is challenging me to stop trying to "manage" my son, so he fits better into my fast-moving flow of life. It is challenging me to slow down and really see him, listen to him, learn what gifts he brings to the table, and what can I learn from him and this parenting journey. None of that is to say that it denies the frustrating, frightening, and sad parts of parenting a child with ADD. This is fully acknowledged in the book. I often feel like the writers have been looking into my window! I feel empathized with and appreciated and encouraged when I read the book. Shifting from seeing this diagnosis as only something to "get over" or "push through", to something that we will both be living with and learning to incorporate into how we live our lives together, is a major shift for me. I am more hopeful, even in the midst of the maddening aspects of parenting. I am learning to be a much better advocate for my son with others. I have more respect for him, and that allows me to parent him from a much more loving place than a judgmental place. Get this book, it is a breath of fresh air!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jebo on July 7, 2014
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When I first began reading books on parenting an ADD child I immediately latched on to Dr. Hallowell's upbeat positive spin on ADD. However, my journey with my own son eventually led me to the work of Dr. Robert Melillo who wrote "Disconnected Kids". The two doctors are at opposite ends of the spectrum on the ADD issue, the former being of the "different is o.k." philosophy and the later seeing ADD has a reversible imbalance between stronger and weaker hemisphere's of the brain. Dr. Hallowell rightly identifies that ADD children have remarkable strengths and urges parents to focus on developing those strengths, which according to Dr. Melillo are coming from the stronger hemisphere. The trouble I have with Hallowell's approach is that ADD is presented as a normal variation of the brain that should be celebrated because it can not be changed. Melillo, on the other hand, acknowledges that neurological disorders such as ADD are just that, disorders of the brain (non pathological) that can and should be remedied as soon as possible. What joyful hopeful news. I put this book away and enrolled my son in Dr. Melillo's Brain Balance Therapy and my son is on his way to a drug-free, non ADD, life. (On a side note, according to Melillo "accentuating the positive", or "unwrapping the gifts of ADD" as Hallowell characterizes it, is the last thing you want to do because it further opens the gap between the hemispheres. Read "Disconnected Kids" for more information). I have nothing against Hallowell, he seems like a great guy. But I see Melillo on the cutting edge of "curing" neurological disorders such as ADD and Hallowell as maintaining the status quo. I have chosen to follow Melillo and leap for joy when my friends tell me of my son: "this is a different kid!" Melillo has also written a book on autism.
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