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What are some good ADHD books for both parents and young children?

My son age 6 has ADHD and I would like to be able to read more about it and how to work with this disorder. Need/want incentive charts, ideas, how to's, ect. Also would like to know what books he can read that relate to him. Something on his level of course. Whats out there to help both of us?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:48 PM on Jul. 1, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • If he's ADHD, incentive charts aren't going to do a darn thing.

    You have to figure out his learning style and help him learn how to control himself. He has no impulse control and has to learn it. He's not going to sit still long enough to read a book, or to have one read to him. He probably has to learn by doing, and repetition. He has to learn to train his body to "obey" him and how to reign himself in when necessary.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:08 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • He is old enough to use incentive charts and will sit still to read or be read too, you just have to find books that interest him. My son is ADHD and has no problem reading when he is interested in the subject. Start out with 15 minutes and work your way up. As for chores, break them into smaller chores. For example, instead of telling him to clean his room, take him through the steps. "Johnny, put your toys in the toybox." When he is done with that, tell him what to do next.etc. Kids with ADHD get overwhelmed easily, so complicated or multidirectional tasks are too much. He needs a lot of patience and understanding. Children with ADHD can and do follow directions, etc. They just need to do so in smaller tasks.

    As for books, I really don't know any. Talk to his doctor or counselor. If he doesn't have a counselor, find one that works with kids with ADHD, they are really helpful.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 2:50 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • There are many therapists who work with people who have ADD/ADHD; they teach them not just coping skills, but how to use ADD/ADHD as an advantage in their lives. Thom Hartmann has written extensively on this topic; you should be able to find his books art your local library, there is lots of information at his website: You may also want to explore how foods affect behavior, either from the Feingold Organization ( or another source.

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:55 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

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