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The survival guide for kids with ADHD
Taylor, John F., 1944-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Pub., [2013]

Physical Description:
vii, 119 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Provides information and advice for kids who have ADHD, including what the disorder is, ways to make things better at home, at school, and with friends, taking medicine, eating healthy foods, and more.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
Ages 8-12.

Grade 5.

830 Lexile.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Kenmore Library RJ506.H9 T387 2013 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What is ADHD? What does it mean to have ADHD? How can kids diagnosed with ADHD help themselves succeed in school, get along better at home, and form healthy, enjoyable relationships with peers?

In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, this book helps kids know they're not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes real-life scenarios, quizzes, and a special message for parents.

Author Notes

John F. Taylor, Ph.D., has created many materials for young people with ADHD and their families. He is the founder and president of ADD Plus and the father of three children with ADHD.

Table of Contents

A Note About the Labelsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
How This Book Can Help Youp. 2
How to Use This Bookp. 4
You Can Succeed with ADHDp. 5
The Six Great Gripes of Kids with ADHDp. 6
Chapter 1 What is ADHD?p. 7
What Does ADHD Mean?p. 7
The Three Types of ADHDp. 11
Why Do Some Kids Have ADHD?p. 13
What ADHD Does NOT Meanp. 14
Chapter 2 Make Each Day Go Betterp. 19
Think on the Bright Sidep. 20
Fly Your Decision-Making KITEp. 22
LEAP Over Your Mistakesp. 26
Chapter 3 Getting Help For ADHDp. 30
Getting Diagnosed with ADHDp. 31
After You Have Been Diagnosed with ADHDp. 32
The Lowdown on Medicinep. 34
Signs That Tell You Medicine Is Workingp. 35
Side Effects of Medicinep. 37
Chapter 4 Eating the Right Modp. 41
Five Nutrients That Can Help You Manage ADHDp. 42
Four Foods to Watch Forp. 47
Helping Plan Your Menup. 48
Grocery Shopping and Preparing Your Foodp. 52
Chapter 5 Life on the Home Frontp. 54
Connect with Parents and Family Adultsp. 55
Get Along with Brothers and Sistersp. 58
Tough Stuff in Familiesp. 61
Have Fun Togetherp. 67
Chapter 6 Six Ways to Succeed at Schoolp. 70
1 A Great IDEA at Schoolp. 71
2 Work with Teachers and Counselorsp. 72
3 Move in A-Okay Waysp. 74
4 Focus on the Right Thingsp. 76
5 Stay Organizedp. 77
6 Study Smartp. 79
Chapter 7 Seven Ways to Make and Keep Friendsp. 85
1 Feel Good About Yourselfp. 86
2 Use Polite and Kind Wordsp. 86
3 Listen and Show You Carep. 87
4 Take Turns and Sharep. 89
5 Try New Activitiesp. 90
6 Offer to Help Othersp. 91
7 Solve Conflicts Peacefullyp. 92
Chapter 8 Eight Ways to Deal with Strong Feelingsp. 96
1 Use Your Own Traffic Lightp. 98
2 Take Care of Yourselfp. 100
3 Get Your Move Onp. 100
4 Use Breathing and Muscle Relaxation Exercisesp. 101
5 Get Creativep. 102
6 Hang Out with a Friendp. 103
7 Talk with an Adultp. 103
8 Work on ADHD Challengesp. 104
Glossaryp. 108
A Note to Parents, Teachers, and Counselorsp. 111
Indexp. 116
About the Authorp. 119
List of Reproducible Pages
What Are My ADHD Traits?p. 11-12
Chapter 1 Quizp. 18
Fly Your Decision-Making KITEp. 25
Chapter 2 Quizp. 29
Chapter 3 Quizp. 40
Chapter 4 Quizp. 53
Chapter 5 Quizp. 69
Chapter 6 Quizp. 84
Chapter 7 Quizp. 95
My Progress Chartp. 106
Chapter 8 Quizp. 107

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