Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The ADD & ADHD Answer Book: Professional Answers to 275 of the Top Questions Parents Ask Paperback – Abridged, September 1, 2005
|New from||Used from|
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
The ADD and ADHD Answer Book gives you the answers to your important questions. Over fifteen years in private practice specializing in evaluating and treating AD/HD has given me the inside perspective of what parents really want to know. The answers in this book are the same answers I would give to you if we were having a face-to-face consultation in my office. The answers are based on the current research and state-of-the-art psychological techniques.
This book differs from all other books about AD/HD because, like a dictionary, this book can be used as a reference. Over the years, as your child progresses through the various stages of this disorder, you will have The ADD and ADHD Answer Book on your reference shelf to find the answers to your new questions.
The ADD and ADHD Answer Book will transform you into a well-informed consumer. You will have extensive knowledge direct from a child psychologist who specializes in AD/HD. You will have straightforward, no holds barred, honest information about what you are likely to face over the years in raising your child with AD/HD. You will have the most current information based on research and clinical practice.
In writing The ADD and ADHD Answer Book, it is my hope that it becomes your guidebook and that you will use it frequently. I hope that you will turn to this book each time you have a question. It is my wish that you will use the numerous techniques in this book that I, and many child psychologists, have used over the years in treating children with AD/HD. I hope that you find the inspiration to apply the techniques, despite the tireless effort it requires on your part. While some of your reward for your hard work will come in the days, weeks, and months ahead, your true reward will come in the years ahead when you see your child succeed in school, find his place with friends, like who he has become, and find a passion in life that he can make his life's work.
- What are the three types of ADD and ADHD?
- What are the symptoms of ADD?
- What does an ADD child look like in daily life?
- What other symptoms are associated with ADD?
- What are the symptoms of ADHD?
- What does an ADHD child look like in daily life?
- What other symptoms are associated with ADHD?
- How is the ADD child different from the ADHD child?
- Are ADD and ADHD real disorders?
- Is AD/HD over-diagnosed?
- Doesn't every child have symptoms of AD/HD?
- How can it be AD/HD when he can play video games for hours?
- Is there a difference between boys and girls who have AD/HD?
- Is AD/HD caused by something in the brain?
- Is AD/HD genetic?
- Can poor parenting cause AD/HD?
- What effect does the family environment have on AD/HD?
- Does watching television cause AD/HD?
- Do sugar and food allergies cause AD/HD?
- What other causes of AD/HD are suspected?
- Is there a cure for AD/HD?
- How is AD/HD treated?
- What can behavior modification do to help AD/HD?
- What can family therapy do to help?
- What can social skills group therapy do to help?
- What can individual therapy do to help?
- What treatments do not work?
- What should parents know when selecting treatment?
What are the three types of ADD and ADHD?
Before we can begin to answer the many questions about ADD and ADHD, it is important to learn the terminology and understand the difference between the language that parents use and the language you will hear from doctors.
The terminology of ADD and ADHD are defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV-TR published by the American Psychiatric Association. ADD and ADHD have had various labels over the years, including minimal brain dysfunction and hyperkinesis. The current terminology for both ADD and ADHD is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
There are three types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Primarily Inattentive Type. Children who have this type are inattentive and distractible. Even though the word "hyperactivity" is included in the label, there is no hyperactivity. This type is commonly called ADD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive Type. Children with this disorder are overactive and impulsive. This type is most often called ADHD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type. These children are inattentive and distractible, as well as hyperactive and impulsive. This type is also referred to as ADHD.
What are the symptoms of ADD?
ADD is the inattentive type of ADHD. Children with ADD have six or more of the following symptoms, some of which start before they reach seven years of age:
- Forgetful in daily activities
- Poor attention to details and careless mistakes in schoolwork and homework
- Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
- Trouble sustaining attention
- Loses things necessary for tasks or activities
- Dislikes and is reluctant to exert sustained mental effort
- Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish chores and schoolwork
- Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Because toddlers and early elementary school children are not expected to sustain attention for long periods, or to keep track of their own belongings, ADD often does not become problematic until third or fourth grade when children are expected to function more independently.
Symptoms must be present for at least six months and appear in more than one setting. Children's symptoms are most commonly seen at home and at school, but they are also likely to show up in other settings where attention is needed such as church or temple, music lessons, and sport activities.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 70%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top Customer Reviews
Love the format since I have ADHD too it made it easy for me to read.
VERY helpful suggestions - my favorite is the point system which I have started to use with my 2 boys and noticed IMMEDIATE and AMAZING results from (although I modified it a bit)
All in all some very good suggestions.
The author takes a very NON medication stance.
If this was the first book I read on ADHD after my sons were diagnosed I would have been very hesitant to allow the medications my doctor suggested.
I liked that the author reminded parents that medication is not a magic cure-all and I think it is very important that every parent understands this but I feel like she drastically underscores the importance and role that proper medication does play in treating your child's ADHD.
For one she makes illogical arguments like the fact that the medications are only effective as long as they are taken.....well aren't 90% of the meds on the market that way? And behavior therapy similarly is only effective for as long as the methods are used consistently.
She says that other parents and doctors will pressure you with disimiliar metaphors like "you wouldn't keep your diabetic off insulin would you?" and states how different that is from ADHD bc no child is stimulant deficient or will die without stimulant medications whereas diabetic children will die without insulin.
There are two problems with this argument - first of all the most obvious is that there IS a brain deficiency in children with ADHD - the neurostransmitters do not work the way they are supposed to and fail to regulate dopamine and norepinephrine (sp?) which these stimulants are thought to help assist.Read more ›
I just borrowed this book from the library yesterday & immediately ordered my own copy last night. Heck, I'm even considering also buying the Kindle version so I can have it with me wherever I go. I wish I had read this book first before the other because the tips I've found in the other books are all condensed here, without all the other background stories concealing it. I was thinking of writing the good points I obtained from the other books into a notebook but no need as this book has compiled them for me.
Realize that this book may not work for everyone. My child is a textbook hyperactive child with behavior issues (not academic) and everything I've read in the social & school chapters so far really apply to him; I felt that the author has directly observed my child.
I like how each question is answered directly with only a few paragraphs - keeps it short and easy to understand. And I love that there are exact scenarios & instructions on how to handle it.
The appendix of the book contains sample charts, must-have lists, and 504 accomodations list which I find extremely helpful.
I read another review that did not like the book's stance on medication.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a child that is doing very well scholastically. We changed a few things at the house and she's doing quite well now. This book did help tremendously, however.Published 18 months ago by alexhortdog95
Better books out there. Lot of words not saying much. No time for all that with a child that you have to tend to that has ADD/ADHDPublished on July 24, 2014 by Jomo9
I highly recommend this book. It is a fast read and can be read quickly in its entirety or some one could pick and choose what is important to them. This book is loaded with facts. Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by JPulpo
Very easy read! Good book to keep as a reference. I think every parent with adhd child could learn from this book.Published on January 26, 2014 by Laura
It's simple really, this book provides a great deal of information that is written in a super easy reference format to find whatever you require answers for regarding ADHD. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by cruisingal
This is a great starter resource and reference for parents when you have a child newly diagnosed or needing diagnosis.Published on April 22, 2013 by Michelle Sachtjen