There are many helpful books that can help with understanding and dealing with ADHD. There are books for people dealing with ADD or ADHD themselves, and books to help people deal with others around them who have ADD or ADHD. Most people, who are affected in one way or another by ADD, could gain a better understanding by reading about the causes, symptoms, and common issues. The books listed below are a good starting point for Perth families.
For a general understanding of ADD/ADHD, there are the following books. These will help if you have just been diagnosed, know someone who has been diagnosed or just want to learn more about the disease.
- Hidden Handicap Dr Gordon Serfontein
- Understanding ADHD Dr Christopher Green The ABC’s of ADHD
- Taking Charge of ADHD Dr Russell Barkley Covers all aspects
- The Gift of Dyslexia Ronald Davis Why some smart people can’t read and how they learn
- Eating Safely in a Toxic World Sue Kedgley What really is in the food we eat
ADULT SUPPORT – ADD and ADHD can affect adults just as much as children and can open the doors for many issues that children do not struggle with yet. It is important for adults to learn about the disease and how it affects their lives. These books can help adults positively embrace the disease and learn to live with the obstacles.
- ADD In Adults Dr Serfontein An excellent introduction for the ADHD adult
- Driven to Distraction Hallowell/Ratey Written by two ADHD doctors, for adults
- Answers to Distraction Hallowell/Ratey Follows on from above book, highly recommended
- You Mean I’m Not Crazy, Stupid or Lazy Kelly/Ramundo Excellent – authors are both ADHD women
- Women With Attention Deficit Disorder Sari Sari Solden A must for ADD women
- Out of the Fog Murphy/Levert
- The Disorganised Mind Nancy Ratey
- ADD Friendly ways to organise your life Judith Kolberg
Parents’ Reading List – Parents without ADD/ADHD can find it very difficult to relate, and deal with a child who is suffering from the disease. It is very important for parents to gain an understanding of what their child is dealing with. These books help parents learn not only how their child thinks, but how they can help them deal with their difficulties.
- Fed Up With ADHD Sue Dengate Understanding how food affects your child and what to do about it
- The Failsafe Cookbook Sue Dengate Excellent if you’re serious about dietary intervention
- Understanding Girls with ADHD Kathleen Nadeau Excellent for parents of teenage girls (checklists etc)
- You and Your ADD Child Ian Wallace Behavioural strategies plus…
- Is My Teenager in Trouble? Dr Joseph Rey A parents’ guide to serious adolescent behaviour
- The Survival Guide for kids with ADHD John Taylor
Teenagers’ Reading List – Teens who suffer from ADD/ADHD can often feel ostracized by their parents and friends. The books below can help teens learn that their disease is just an obstacle, and is one that is shared by many others. By learning more about the issues they face, teens understand how their brains are different from others, and it fosters confidence while heading into their adult lives. The books below are geared toward helping teens dealing with ADD and ADHD.
- Adolescents and ADD Patricia Quinn Helping teenagers understand ADHD
- Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome Luke Jackson An insight from a teen, excellent for ADHD also
- Learning Out-side the Lines Jonathan Mooney Tools for ADHD and LD
- Only a Mother Could Love Him Benjamin Polis Written by Ben at 19 years old – his story
- I Would If I Could Michael Gordon A Teens’ Guide to ADHD
- ADHD in HD Jonathan Chester
Children’s Reading List – Much like teens, children can be negatively affected by the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. They can feel ostracized by peers or parents. The more understanding and knowledge a child has about their diagnosis, the more confident they will feel going forward. This confidence helps propel a mindset of learning and acceptance. The books listed below are geared toward giving children an understanding of the challenges they may face.
- Putting on the Brakes Quinn A young people’s guide to ADHD
- Otto Learns About His Medicine Matthew Calvin Good for children 4-8 years
- Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention Nadeau/Dixon
- Jumpin’ Johnny Get Back to Work Michael Gordon A child’s guide to ADHD
- My Brother’s a World Class Pain Michael Gordon A Sibling’s guide to ADHD
- The Explosive Child Ross Green
We find parents that use a combination of our specialist tutoring support and the helpful books mentioned above often have the most improved outcomes. Developing families’ independence skills whilst reducing stress and anxiety related to having a child with Dyslexia or ADHD is what Focused Education is all about. Tutoring your child independently of our service is the end result for the majority of families that visit us.