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Making the system work for your child with ADHD
Jensen, Peter S.
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New York : Guilford Press, [2004]

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xi, 284 pages ; 26 cm

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RJ506.H9 J46 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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There's lots of help out there for kids with ADHD, but getting it isn't always easy. Where can you turn when you've mastered the basics and "doing everything right" isn't enough--the insurer denies your claims, parent-teacher meetings get tense, or those motivating star charts no longer encourage good behavior?

Dr. Peter Jensen has spent years generating ways to make the healthcare and education systems work--as the father of a son with ADHD and as a scientific expert and dedicated parent advocate. No one knows more about managing the complexities of the disorder and the daily hurdles it raises. Now Dr. Jensen pools his own experiences with those of over 80 other parents to help you troubleshoot the system without reinventing the wheel. From breaking through bureaucratic bottlenecks at school to advocating for your child's healthcare needs, this straightforward, compassionate guide is exactly the resource you've been looking for.

Author Notes

Peter S. Jensen, MD, is Director of the Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health and Ruane Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Previously, he was Associate Director of Child and Adolescent Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he was the lead NIMH investigator on a major study of the treatment of ADHD. He is the author or editor of numerous scientific articles and books; has received prestigious national awards for his research, writing, and teaching; and serves on the board of directors of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), among other organizations. This book is the first in a new series edited by Dr. Jensen, "Making the System Work for Your Child."

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Library Journal Review

Jensen (child psychiatry, Columbia Univ.) aims to help parents solve problems encountered when dealing with the professionals who work with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); he wants readers to realize that doctors, teachers, therapists, and insurance companies should work for them. Acknowledging the limited resources of some and the unwillingness of others, Jensen provides solid tips and a great deal of information based on his practice, his experience as a parent of a child with ADHD, and input from many other parents. The author's experience on both sides of the fence gives the book strength and authority, as do the extensive appendixes listing resources, organizations and books, sample letters, and an example of a school accommodation plan for children with ADHD. While Russell Barkley's Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents helps readers understand ADHD, Jensen's book assists them in getting the best care possible. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Maryse Breton, Ann Arbor, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part I Taking Charge of Getting Help for Your Child
Nowhere to Turn?: Why It's So Hard to Get the Help Your Child Deserves and What You Can Do About It
Principles of Action for the Expert Parent
Developing a Plan for Your Child: How to Use Your Knowledge of Yourself and Your Child to Get the Best Care Available
What You Need to Get Started: Essential Tools and Resources for the Expert Parent
Part II What to Expect and How to Get What Your Child Needs
Getting the Best from the Healthcare System
Getting the Best from Your Child's Education
Getting the Best Out of Your Home and Family Life
Getting the Best from All the Rest
Looking Ahead
Appendix A Parent/Advocacy Organizations and Resources You Need to Know About
Appendix B Funding- and Insurance-Related Resources You Need to Know About
Appendix C Legal/Advocacy Resources You Need to Know About
Appendix D Useful Books
Appendix E Using Behavioral Strategies to Help Your Child Improve His or Her Behavior
Appendix F Sample Section 504/ADA Accommodation Plan
Appendix G Table of Psychiatric Disorders, Symptoms, and Proven Treatments
Appendix H Sample Letters
Appendix I Ways to Become Involved