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The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD Paperback – March 15, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; 1 edition (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157542195X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5–Packed with good advice, this guide will catch readers' eyes with its bright cover, varied fonts, and cartoon-style illustrations. The writing is clear and kid-friendly, parceled out in short sentences and contained in sections under highlighted headings. Chapters cover such topics as medications, getting along at home, making friends, and succeeding at school. Although specifically geared toward the child with ADD/ADHD, the book would be most effective if read with a caring adult or counselor. The author explains how to follow a homework routine and use timers, colored folders, and other organizational tools, but it is doubtful that children who struggle with ADD will be able to implement these wonderful suggestions on their own. Having the directions in one concrete place is perhaps the most helpful aspect of this book. It should be read one section at a time and reread numerous times to have the maximum effect. A useful tool for families who are dealing with the myriad issues associated with ADD/ADHD.–Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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"Packed with good advice...A useful tool for families who are dealing with the myriad issues associated with ADD/ADHD."
School Library Journal


"This upbeat book gives plenty of positive reinforcements and focuses on managing life now."
Voice of Youth Advocates


"This book covers in one chapter what took me years to figure out. If you have ADD, The Survival Guide is for you."
—ADDitude Magazine


 “Do you know a kid struggling with ADHD? The Survival Guide is a book about them, for them. In simple, understandable language, Dr. Taylor provides concrete information and tips on the ADD/HD diagnosis, school, family, friends, emotions, and even ideas for a healthy diet. This is an empowering book for young people and is loaded with ideas, resources and some humor.” —YouthWorker Journal

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It gives a lot of practical tips on ways kids can handle their ADHD.
Bonnie B.
It lists things that only fellow kids with ADHD could understand and really makes them feel "normal" and okay.
L. Denney
I would recommend this book for anyone that has ADHD, whether it's for themselves for their kids.
Casey Selvik

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By L. Denney on March 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
My son with ADHD loves this book. It lists things that only fellow kids with ADHD could understand and really makes them feel "normal" and okay. Gives tons of suggestions for helping themselves out on tasks they struggle with.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Joy on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a therapist involved with identifying kids with learning problems and assisting them and their families in dealing with their special needs. This little book has proved very useful in helping parents work with their child in acquiring skills to deal with teachers, other students and members of their own families. It frames AD/HD in a more positive light and offers practical strategies for answering questions that others ask and help the child themselves understand that the diagnosis of AD/HD is not "the end of the world!" It is more geared towards elementary age and uses artwork and reading level that appeals to this age group. The reasonable cost and small format makes distributing this book to all my clients possible.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Lorel Shea VINE VOICE on January 27, 2008
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The Survival Guide for Kids With ADD or ADHD is very practical and user friendly. There are eight well defined chapters, beginning with "What is ADHD?" and ending with "Eight Ways to Deal with Strong Feelings". A glossary helps with clinical vocabulary, and there are many reproducible pages that can be useful in tracking progress and understanding which traits are most troublesome for the reader.

John F. Taylor, the author, presents attention issues to the reader as a challenge, but not as an insurmountable obstacle or an excuse for bad behavior or poor academic performance. Taylor is a PhD and founder of ADD Plus, an organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by ADD or ADHD. He is the father of three ADD kids.

Taylor spells it out for kids who may get a lot of negative messages. "...Having ADHD doesn't mean you are stupid, lazy, crazy, bad, or ill. It means that there are some differences in the way your brain works that make you show some ADHD traits." Chapter end quizzes reinforce each section in a lighthearted manner. At the end of chapter one, for instance:

"Sam has ADHD and thinks that reading books is boring. What can Sam learn from reading this book?"

A. How to speak with aliens from a planet named Zatar
B. Where to find a stash of buried treasure
C.Ways to deal with ADHD at school, at home, and with friends

There are many effective coping skills that kids can learn that may offset the need for medication or enhance pharmaceutical treatment. The KITE decision making plan is one such tool. K is for knowing the situation, I for identifying choices, T for try the best plan, and E is for evaluation of how things went.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Liz Anderson on June 15, 2008
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Fantastic book for kids with ADHD/ ADD. It has really helped in our household and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is easy enough for kids to read and has loads of great chapters - Eating right, Ways to succeed at school, How to make and keep friends etc etc.

It talks about ADHD in a non-confronting way and has been an enormous help. My daughter carries it with her and quotes from it all the time. She has become a little more settled since reading this book and I think she is starting to understand a bit more about why she behaves the way she does.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kirsti Ehlers on August 7, 2012
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As I asked my 9 year old daughter what she thought about the first chapter of the book she got so excited. She could see her behaviors and feelings listed in the book and loved relating to it!! As she told me about the acronym LEAP and leaping over your mistakes I almost started to cry. She gets easily frustrated with herself, but this book (not just her mom) gives her permission to make mistakes, learn from them and carry on. Love it! Sorry if that is too dramatic for you, but my daughter is just ADHD enough to need help but not ADHD enough to qualify for help at school. The book is giving her and I a way to face the challenges she has. I was afraid she wouldn't read it because I got it for her, but it has fun pictures, quizzes, and easy to read lists and sections making it kid friendly. I like it because I can also easily understand it and read it with her. It also gives me a guide to help her when something at school gets too overwhelming. Thank you to the creators of this book!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 29, 2007
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I found this to also be a very interesting book. I am glad I had the time to read this book. The author seems to know a lot about the disability(s)these kids have. I think a lot of kids should read this book. I hope the more books I read are just like this one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Jo Troxel on December 1, 2008
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My 11 year old son, who never reads on his own, actually spent 20 minutes reading this book when it arrived. Need I say more?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mom in BE on February 28, 2008
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I have told everyone I know who has an ADHD kid about this book. My DD was recently diagnosed and it was a confusing time. The book clarified everything and normalized the issue for her. It was written simply and clearly and the age range given is perfect. A great resource for kids who are just diagnosed.
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