- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: PESI Publishing & Media; Workbook edition (November 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559570334
- ISBN-13: 978-1559570336
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ADHD Non-Medication Treatments and Skills for Children and Teens: A Workbook for Clinicians and Parents with 162 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Handouts Workbook Edition
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"Medication which should be a last resort for kids with ADHD, has become the first and often the only offered treatment. This speaks to the crucial importance of Debra Burdick's latest book, ADHD: Non-Medication Treatments and Skills for Children and Teens. The book offers 162 techniques, tips, activities and resources that can be used instead of medication to manage and moderate the worst ADHD symptoms. I highly recommend this book for parents, either dealing with a new ADHD diagnosis in a child or for those who wish to try another option other than medication." --Dale Archer, MD, psychiatrist and NY Times bestselling author of Better Than Normal and The ADHD Advantage
"Debra Burdick did it again! Following the success of her mindfulness book for kids and teens, she offers an array of non-medication treatment skills for ADHD. Anyone working with children and teens will find this a treasure chest of practical, hands-on, effective and engaging tools and activities that are easy for the clinician to use. Tips for identifying and diagnosing ADHD, treatment options, nutrition suggestions, valuable tools for social, organizational and mindfulness skills, along with tips for parents makes this book a one-stop for the practitioner's ADHD toolbox. An invaluable go-to resource and a true gold mine!" --Judith Belmont, MS, author of the T.I.P.S. and Tools for the Therapeutic Toolbox Series
"Burdick provides a very accessible reading style and countless well thought-out strategies. This book covers a wide range of approaches to help these children, their teachers and parents, become more successful in managing ADHD. This is a great reference for anyone working with children or teens with ADHD." --Roger deBeus, PhD, Clinical Trial Principal Investigator, Neurofeedback for ADHD
"An amazingly comprehensive book geared to mental health professionals, parents, teachers and children of ADHD from a holistic approach. Readers who are seeking a non-medication approach to ADHD have come to the best source! With over 162 tools, techniques, tips, activities, resources and worksheets, it is a perfect 'one-stop' book.
As a parent of a child with ADD, now an adult, I wish this book was available years ago! But as a professional working with children and teens, it is invaluable now. ADHD: Non-Medication Treatments & Skills for Children and Teens is definitely a must-have book for one's professional or personal library." --Athena A Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S, Director of Clinical training, Astor Services for Children and Families, Editor of 9 books on play therapy
About the Author
Debra Burdick, LCSWR, BCN, is the bestselling author of Mindfulness Skills Workbook and Mindfulness Skills for Kids & Teens. Also known as "The Brain Lady," she is an international speaker, and retired psychotherapist and neurotherapist, who has been helping children and teens with ADHD Thrive for over 25 years.
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The worksheets themselves are clear and easy to use. Burdick does a fine job of setting up each worksheet in a concise manner. Worksheets are practical and cover “real-world” scenarios that children and teens can relate to.
There are, however, a few places where Burdick’s personal prejudices show through. As a practitioner of neurofeedback, she presents it as settled science that is a “magic wand” for some patients with ADHD. Her chapter on the subject reads like a long infomercial with anonymous success stories presented but no actual information on the core research in the field or even how to find a trustworthy practitioner. While neurofeedback studies have proven promising, few studies have produced concrete, reproduceable results and there are concerns about the quality of the studies themselves.
There is also some language in the chapter regarding diet that didn’t sit well with me. There are a lot of dangerous “some” statements regarding antibiotics that are not backed up by meaningful citations to clinical studies. And then there is the concerns about artificial sweeteners, a common villain in New Age circles, that are downright silly. There is a rambling statement about how aspartame breaks down into methanol, which breaks down into formaldehyde and thus is poisonous.
This is what is referred to as “junk science” because it takes a very specific chemical reaction and a specific toxicity level and makes an over-generalization about it. Much like recent panics about arsenic in apples and other “toxins” in food. In fact, the amount of potential metabolized methanol is aspartame is less than what is naturally occurring in the environment. The body can metabolize these trace amounts with no negative effects. Implying otherwise against all the available evidence does a huge disservice to parents by engaging in unhelpful fearmongering.
Ignoring the forays into New Age pseudo-science, the actual worksheets in this book are an excellent resource for parents to use. But parents should take the pseudo-science with a healthy dose of skepticism before making sweeping changes to their child’s diet. Discuss potential food allergies with your child’s pediatrician and get the correct testing to rule out food-related issues, but don’t make changes based on junk science that has been discredited by Snopes.com.
Reviewer Note: I was given a copy of this book for review and criticism