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Ritalin is not the answer : a drug-free, practical program for children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD
Stein, David B.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [1999]

Physical Description:
xviii, 203 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
What are we doing to our children? -- Understanding the myths of attentional disorders -- The importance of effective parenting -- Beginning the caregivers' skills programs -- Improving behaviors -- Punishment -- Beginning to learn discipline -- Using time out correctly for the IA of HM child -- Reinforcement removal for very difficult behaviors -- Improving school performance -- Helping the IA or HM child to feel better -- Ten ways to stop creating an attentional disorder child.
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RJ506.H9 S68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RJ506.H9 S68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Up to one-third of all school-aged children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder. Many of these children are being coerced by teachers, administrators, and doctors into taking Ritalin, which has serious side effects. This crusading book advocates a new alternative to Ritalin-the Caregivers Skill Program (CSP), a step-by-step plan for both school and home that focuses on behavioral and motivational problems. Based on extensive clinical trials and application, CSP offers concrete, easy-to-apply techniques for understanding and improving children's behaviour, school performance, and self-esteem. The book also tells parents how to resist pressure from teachers and doctors to give their children ritalin.

Author Notes

David B. Stein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, associate professor of psychology at Longwood College, and father of two sons who were once placed on Ritalin. His research and writings center on the diagnosis and treatment of attentional, behavioral, and motivational problems in children. For over twenty-five years he has conducted workshops providing realistic, practical, and effective alternatives to Ritalin

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Just like DeGrandpre in Ritalin Nation (CH, Jul'99), Stein argues strongly against the widespread use of drugs (most particularly Ritalin) to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Integral to Stein's argument are the following: 1) scientific proof of ADD or ADHD as a physical disorder (disease) is lacking; 2) labeling such patients as having a brain disease offers nothing but negative effects; and 3) the long-term effects of treating children with Ritalin are not known. Based on his 25 years as a practicing clinical psychologist, Stein has developed and proposes a drug-free program (Caregivers' Skills Program) to treat such children. The program is claimed to be successful in most cases; it is based totally on a specific type of behavior modification that differs significantly from that usually used as an adjunct to therapy with Ritalin. It involves not only parents and the physician but teachers, siblings, grandparents, and related others. Ritalin may have a limited place in treatment, but both Stein and DeGrandpre present coherent arguments, from different points of view, to make the widespread use of Ritalin suspect at best. All levels. R. S. Kowalczyk North Central Michigan College

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xv
1. What Are We Doing to Our Children?p. 1
2. Understanding the Myths of Attentional Disordersp. 19
3. The Importance of Effective Parentingp. 39
4. Beginning the Caregivers' Skills Programp. 53
5. Improving Behaviorsp. 75
6. Punishmentp. 93
7. Beginning to Learn Disciplinep. 103
8. Using Time Out Correctly for the IA or HM Childp. 115
9. Reinforcement Removal for Very Difficult Behaviorsp. 131
10. Improving School Performancep. 137
11. Helping the IA or HM Child to Feel Betterp. 159
12. Ten Ways to Stop Creating an Attentional Disorder Childp. 169
Appendixp. 175
Referencesp. 177
The Authorp. 189
Indexp. 191