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Old 04-23-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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Books to learn more about ADHD

I'm looking for suggestions on books to learn more about ADHD or websites that are helpful. There is so much information out there I am overwhelmed.

My 4 year old went to a neurologist recently and she said he was showing signs of ADHD. She told me that he will probably get a diagnosis in 1st or 2nd grade. So I want to learn more and see if there is anything I should or can do now to help him focus.

But there is so much information out there and the one thing I'm learning is not all children show the same symptoms. I guess some kids have certain symptoms (like hyperactivity) and some don't?
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Hello,

My daughter was diagnosed a year ago this month. She has ADHD innattentive type as opposed to hyperactive type. Some children also have both.

I understand how overwhelming it is. We also deal with Dyslexia. There are two resources I return to over and over again. One is the ADDitude magazine website. Here is the link.

http://www.additudemag.com/

There are a lot of articles on managing as a parent, there is a parent forum, there are book recommendations, information on the different medications as well as therapy interventions. There is also information on dealing with your school.

You can also subscribe to receive the magazine in print.

There is also an organization called CHADD, I have found helpful.

http://www.chadd.org/

Both sites have scheduled webinars and CHADD has an annual conference.

ADHD can also be different in girls, so my daughter's psychologist recommended reading material specific to that.
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My 6 year old was diagnosed last last year with ADHD, ODD and Non Verbal Learning Disability.

It's a very overwhelming situation, and thankfully, we've finally gotten a grasp on it with medication and family classes.

One book that we found very informative was "The Edison Gene" by Thom Hartmann as well as "Thom Hartmann's Complete Guide to ADHD: Help for Your Family at Home, School and Work".

It's a big thing to learn to deal with, but you'll get there!
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When I worked at a therapeutic program for children the psychologist always recommended the parents read Driven to Distraction. Start making notes now on symptoms that are seen as well as if the child attends some kind of pre-school and when she gets into kindergarten get some notes from the teacher as well. This will help guide in making a correct diagnosis.
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Not sure what it is called in state but in NJ we have an organization called SPAN (Statewide Parent Advocacy Network). They are there to provide information and support to parents/caregivers of children with disabilities. They often have informational programs to help your learn about what is available and your rights. Also check your local library they probably will have many books and sometimes DVD's. DS12 was diagnosed with ADHD at 7but we knew from when he was about 2 that he probably had it. Watch as your daughter gets older for any other learning disabilities. We are dealing with possible dysgraphia (handwriting problems) now. Good luck
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Thank you everyone for your help. I'm learning more and more as I read about ADHD and how the symptoms can look different in each kid. My son isn't hyperactive and that is what I always associate with ADHD. I'm starting to understand that isn't always the case. My neighbor's child has ADHD and he is like a bouncy ball in a small box. But the neurologist told me some kids don't have the hyperactive part. My son can sit for an hour building major structures with blocks, get several boys to join them and delegate responsibility to each kid but he can't follow multiple directions. She explained when he was doing something he loved it was easy to focus.

I have a lot to learn.

Thanks again!
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Thank you everyone for your help. I'm learning more and more as I read about ADHD and how the symptoms can look different in each kid. My son isn't hyperactive and that is what I always associate with ADHD. I'm starting to understand that isn't always the case. My neighbor's child has ADHD and he is like a bouncy ball in a small box. But the neurologist told me some kids don't have the hyperactive part. My son can sit for an hour building major structures with blocks, get several boys to join them and delegate responsibility to each kid but he can't follow multiple directions. She explained when he was doing something he loved it was easy to focus.

I have a lot to learn.

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Hello,

My daughter was diagnosed a year ago this month. She has ADHD innattentive type as opposed to hyperactive type. Some children also have both.

I understand how overwhelming it is. We also deal with Dyslexia. There are two resources I return to over and over again. One is the ADDitude magazine website. Here is the link.

http://www.additudemag.com/

There are a lot of articles on managing as a parent, there is a parent forum, there are book recommendations, information on the different medications as well as therapy interventions. There is also information on dealing with your school.

You can also subscribe to receive the magazine in print.

There is also an organization called CHADD, I have found helpful.

http://www.chadd.org/

Both sites have scheduled webinars and CHADD has an annual conference.

ADHD can also be different in girls, so my daughter's psychologist recommended reading material specific to that.

Both of these organizations post great things on Facebook as well as their websites. Sometimes their small status updates are easier to digest than a lengthy article & less overwhelming, especially as you just starting to learn about ADHD. Hope this helps.
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Thank you everyone for your help. I'm learning more and more as I read about ADHD and how the symptoms can look different in each kid. My son isn't hyperactive and that is what I always associate with ADHD. I'm starting to understand that isn't always the case. My neighbor's child has ADHD and he is like a bouncy ball in a small box. But the neurologist told me some kids don't have the hyperactive part. My son can sit for an hour building major structures with blocks, get several boys to join them and delegate responsibility to each kid but he can't follow multiple directions. She explained when he was doing something he loved it was easy to focus.

I have a lot to learn.

Thanks again!
That's called "hyper focus" and it's an element of ADHD that isn't as well known. One of my DS is just like yours and does that, too. The other DS is more classic, can't sit still, impulse control issues, etc.

I also recommend getting the book "Driven to Distraction" - it is by far the best book I have ever read on the subject. It's more about understanding what is going on and recognizing the signs. His follow-up book "Delivered from Distraction" deals more with strategies for dealing with ADHD.

As for when to diagnose, we had my oldest DS diagnosed in third grade but we really should have done it earlier. While we were going through the process with him (and reading "Driven to Distraction") we realized that the descriptions all applied to younger DS as well. Even though he was only in kindergarten, we had him diagnosed at the same time. So the earlier you can get it done, the better.
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I would suggest reading more about the food your child is eating. Two good reads......The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother's Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself by Robyn O'brien

What's Eating Your Child?: The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments by Kelly Dorfman

Then check out http://www.feingold.org/


My son was showing all the classic signs of ADHD. He could not sit still, couldn't focus, was VERY hyper, couldn't remember things....etc. If you look at the list of ADHD symptoms my son had them all. I did not want him "labeled" and did NOT want to medicate him. I started doing lots of research and found that there is a connection between food and ADHD.

I then started following the Feingold diet and eliminated all artificial colors/flavors, preservatives etc. I saw a HUGE difference in my son after doing this. He lost ALL those ADHD symptoms. He was a normal little boy who could sit and color, read, play for more than 2 minutes, etc. It was an amazing transformation.

Not only did it help my son but it helped the rest of us. My daughter was having horrible headaches every day and I was getting ready to take her to the doctor. After eliminating all that bad stuff her headaches went away. I too have felt SO much better!!

The food we eat these days are so full of BAD BAD stuff. I feel it is the reason for so many of the problems people have today.
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Absolutely agree with Kalc! This was my experience, too. I felt like the school was pushing for medicating my son so, I started homeschooling. I took my son to a different doctor, told him my approach and he was fine with going all natural. What a change! No more coming home from school in that zombie state from the meds and his energy, not hyper but just an awake and awareness i had never seen in him before! My son is now 24 - he's fine! and I'm so mad at myself for listening to the school in the first place...I never would have brought the issue to his first doctor if they hadn't insisted.
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Absolutely agree with Kalc! This was my experience, too. I felt like the school was pushing for medicating my son so, I started homeschooling. I took my son to a different doctor, told him my approach and he was fine with going all natural. What a change! No more coming home from school in that zombie state from the meds and his energy, not hyper but just an awake and awareness i had never seen in him before! My son is now 24 - he's fine! and I'm so mad at myself for listening to the school in the first place...I never would have brought the issue to his first doctor if they hadn't insisted.
So glad to hear your son is doing good!

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They just put so much bad stuff in our food. Most of it is banned in other countries. For example, food coloring is made from petroleum. Who wants to eat that?!?!?!? And food coloring is in everything....even pickles. In other countries food that has food coloring in it has to have a warning label on the package. Also companies like Kraft will make their products without the bad stuff for other countries but those of us in the US get the full of chemicals products. Makes me MAD!! I now make everything from scratch. SO much better and we aren't eating chemicals!!
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I would suggest reading more about the food your child is eating. Two good reads......The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother's Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself by Robyn O'brien

What's Eating Your Child?: The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments by Kelly Dorfman

Then check out http://www.feingold.org/


My son was showing all the classic signs of ADHD. He could not sit still, couldn't focus, was VERY hyper, couldn't remember things....etc. If you look at the list of ADHD symptoms my son had them all. I did not want him "labeled" and did NOT want to medicate him. I started doing lots of research and found that there is a connection between food and ADHD.

I then started following the Feingold diet and eliminated all artificial colors/flavors, preservatives etc. I saw a HUGE difference in my son after doing this. He lost ALL those ADHD symptoms. He was a normal little boy who could sit and color, read, play for more than 2 minutes, etc. It was an amazing transformation.

Not only did it help my son but it helped the rest of us. My daughter was having horrible headaches every day and I was getting ready to take her to the doctor. After eliminating all that bad stuff her headaches went away. I too have felt SO much better!!

The food we eat these days are so full of BAD BAD stuff. I feel it is the reason for so many of the problems people have today.
How do you avoid all artificial flavors and preservatives? I assume you make everything you eat?
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How do you avoid all artificial flavors and preservatives? I assume you make everything you eat?
You have to read labels.

I do make most all of our food from scratch because it tastes better and it is SO much better for you. I also LOVE to cook so I don't mind at all. I enjoy it

If you don't have time to cook from scratch you can still avoid all the bad stuff. If you decide to go the Feingold route they send you a book that tells you everything you can buy that does not have bad stuff in it. When we first started 2 years ago I would take that book with me when I went grocery shopping. Now I have learned what we can eat. There are plenty of products out there that are chemical free.
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How do you avoid all artificial flavors and preservatives? I assume you make everything you eat?
Honestly, not meaning to sound snarky but you just don't buy foods that have them in it. Cut down on most processed foods. When you do buy processed products, look in the organic and health food sections of the grocery stores. There are tons of options you might not be aware of including cereals, granola bars, cookies, frozen foods. My boys have autism and it had made a huge difference getting the fake stuff out of their systems.
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