Being a parent of a child with ADHD can be tough. Adults and children navigate the world differently than others. There’s nothing wrong with these different ways of approaching life, it just means that there need to be adjustments made from the norm in order to better communicate and create a healthy and productive environment.
Children with ADHD, in particular, will probably need an extra nudge in developing socially due to their often impulsive and reactive natures, as well as in establishing and maintaining focus and concentration. In order to be the best helper your child can have, then, it’s best to study up. We’ve compiled here a list of some of the best ADHD books for parents around to help you in finding the best sources possible.
Taking Charge of ADHD
Dr. Russell A. Barkley’s Taking Charge of ADHD provides a scientific and practical understanding of ADHD and how it can affect the way a child experiences and handles the world. Barkley provides information on how to recognize the signs of ADHD and get a diagnosis, as well as how to the coordinate with schools and health care systems in order to make sure your child gets the best care and accommodations possible. The book also addresses how to help your child develop mentally and socially, from the age of childhood all the way up through early adulthood.
Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach
In Parenting Children with ADHD, Dr. Vincent Monastra applies his over 30 years of experience treating children with ADHD to creating an informative book that provides the basis for increased understanding and helpful strategies. Some of his most useful and applicable advice concerns education laws, what the proper diet for your child should be, and coping strategies for both children and parents.
Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD
Dr. Peter Jensen’s Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD doesn’t focus as much on parenting strategies as other books. Rather, Jensen provides helpful and expert information on how to navigate health care, insurance, and educational systems when it comes to your child with ADHD. Dealing with bureaucracy is frustrating under the best of circumstances. Jensen knows this and aims to provide you with practical, real-world information that he has learned through study and personal experience.
Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD
Boy Without Instructions is unlike most of the books on this list in that it is not penned by a doctor or medical professional, but instead just by a parent, Penny Williams, who has learned to successfully parent her child with ADHD. Williams’ personal story creates an approachable narrative that validates the frustration of parenting a child with ADHD while also turning to the positive. With this book, you will learn effective strategies for creating a happy environment for you, your child, and your family as a whole, making this one of the best ADHD books for parents.
ADHD and Beyond
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
In The Explosive Child, Dr. Ross Greene addresses those children that just can’t seem to control their tempers, effectively “exploding” in moments of conflict and tension. The subject matter of this book extends from ADHD and beyond, addressing everything that can cause this behavior from a neurological perspective. Greene aims to close the misunderstanding gap between parents and their children by providing information and helpful parenting strategies.
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
The Out-of-Sync Child by Dr. Carol Kranowitz focuses on Sensory Processing Disorder, a disorder that causes dysfunction between sensory input and how it is received by the brain. This can result in extreme physical discomfort or other sensory distraction and hyperactivity in children. Sensory Processing Disorder often coincides with ADHD, and so this is a valuable source to check out if you think that your child might be exhibiting signs of it.
Smart but Scattered Teens: The Executive Skills Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential
Smart but Scattered Teens is a joint-written book by Dr. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson, along with a young adult who faced the same struggles as the teens this book is meant to help and overcame them, Colin Guare. While this help-book is not specifically directed at teens with ADHD, it addresses issues that many of them face and struggle with, such as organization skills, impulse control, and staying focused. It aims to provide helpful tools and strategies for developing and training the teen mind to become more successful and independent.
Be on the Lookout For New Editions!
Many of the best ADHD books for parents on this list come in updated editions, such as Taking Charge of ADHD, which is on its third iteration. Keeping up to date with the most recent knowledge and practical application of strategies is important for you and your child, as understanding of ADHD is always growing and better methods continuing to be found. What’s really important, though, is finding the best strategies that work for you and your child, no matter how old they are.
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