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Teenagers With Add: A Parents' Guide (The Special-Needs Collection) Paperback – September, 1995

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A review... "Parents and teachers of teenagers frequently lament the lack of a guide for answering myriad questions posed by teenagers' typical challenges of struggle for control and confusion with emerging identity. Add to these challenges difficulty focusing attention, resisting impulses, or remaining still, and you will understand the necessity of a manual for how to live and work with teens with ADD.

This comprehensive book offers all the basic information necessary to understand the condition, get help, and provide appropriate guidance for adolescents with ADD. Chapters include definitions, diagnosis, medical treatment, and legal rights. Discussions regarding family dynamics, advocacy roles, and options for postschool life are insightful. With sensitivity and understanding, the author approaches several essential topics: self-esteem, troubled interpersonal relationships, academic failure, disorganization, substance abuse, and driving problems.

Teenagers with ADD has something for everyone associated with this population. It is alive with quotes and photographs. The final chapter, Words of Wisdom from the Kids, would be excellent reading for teenagers in helping them express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Figures and tables summarize major points and could be used by parents and speakers for presentations to a wide variety of audiences. Sample forms could be duplicated or adapted to meet a range of home and school needs." --Intervention in School and Clinic, September 1996

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Product Details

  • Series: The Special-Needs Collection
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House; 1 edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933149697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933149694
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book when it first came out. I have used it as a reference tool so often that the pages are dog-eared and a few are coming out. I have loaned it to friends and gone over it with teachers. It is by far the most comprehensive book on the ADD/ADHD subject that I have ever read (and I have quite a collection!), yet it is written so that any parent can gain a better understanding of their child, and become an advocate for them in the school system. I am now purchasing a replacement copy so that a friend of mine can enjoy my old one. It is really an indispensible tool for dealing with an invisible adversary. This is the book that will always be on the coffee table, or the desk, or your night stand.......
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
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OUR SON IS IN 8TH GRADE, AND WE DIAGNOSED HIS ADD BEFORE HE STARTED SCHOOL. HE DOES NOT TAKE ANY MEDICATION AND IS IN TOP 1% IN INTELLIGENCE. HE DRIVES US CRAZY, HOWEVER, IN TRYING TO GET HIM TO DO HIS HOMEWORK RATHER THAN PLAY VIDEO GAMES OR MAGIC CARDS. THIS BOOK TOLD US THIS PROBLEM WOULD NOT GREATLY IMPROVE UNTIL SOMETIME IN HIGH SCHOOL. THIS ALLOWED US TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND STOP PUTTING SO MUCH PRESSURE ON OUR SON TO CHANGE NOW. IT TOOK A LOT OF PRESSURE OFF US, TOO. THE BOOK INCLUDES A GREAT DISCUSSION OF THE PROS AND CONS OF VARIOUS MEDICATIONS. I LIKED THE SUGGESTION OF SENDING TEACHERS A SUMMARY REGARDING THE ADD STUDENT - SUGGESTED SUMMARY IS PROVIDED. JUST GET THIS BOOK. YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Mallory on December 10, 2000
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I can't say how helpful this book has been. As I read it that first night, it felt as if it was written directly for me. My 8th grade daughter has had and still does have all the ups and downs of Jr. High. I felt this book turned a light on and pointed me in the right direction. We have been dealing with ADD issues a few years now and it reminded me I am not alone, that it will work out and it also relieved a lot of stress so that I was more able to help my daughter. Thank you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lori Clark on June 22, 2000
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After reading this book I felt like I could teach on course on ADD! This book answered so many questions that I had regarding my 13 year old son with ADD. It is very easy to read, and written so that you don't have to read the chapters in consecutive order to get something out of it. This book gave me a clearer understanding of what ADD is, HOW it affects teenagers, and WHAT to do about it to make life easier at home and at school. I highly recommend it for any parent who is struggling with a teenager with ADD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
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My 8th grade daughter has just been diagnosed with ADD and I've been reading everything on the subject. Anyone who has a teenager struggling in school should read this book. It offers extremly good information on school educational process and steps to help your child get the needed educational help. Finally I understand what ADD is and how it affects my daughter. After reading this book I wondered why I waited so long to get her help. This is a must have book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2000
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This book is the best resource for both parents and teachers. I have used alot of this book for help in dealing with behavioral issues with my son and with his teachers for academics. In every case, this book comes out a winner! For any pearent with a teenager who has ADD, this book is a MUST HAVE! It is an easy read, clear, concise, and filled with all the information you need to make it through these difficult years.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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Have you ever read a book that you just couldn't read fast enough? This book has so much information that is so valuable, so accurate, so comforting, so reassuring, and so on... that it is priceless! It literally helped save my life. While reading it, I felt like the author had actually been spying on my family and recorded every detail of our stuggles with our sons and their ADD and ADHD. It has been exactly the resource I needed, when I needed it, because it covers EVERY aspect of this challenging disorder. I cannot adequately express my sincere gratitude to the book's author, except to highly recommend it to anyone reading this review.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol Watkins on March 1, 2005
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This is another excellent book by Chris Ziegler Dendy. The author presents practical information that will help parents in their day to day struggle to deal with the changing world of an adolescent with ADHD. She clearly has dealt with some of these stiuations herself, so she brings humorous and compassionate anecdotes to illustrate the factual material. I would highly recommend this and her other books on the practical aspects of dealing with adolescents with ADHD
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