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20 ADD/ADHD Books and Documentaries You Should Read and Watch

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Diagnosing ADHD can be tough and once a diagnosis is discovered, the next steps are crucial. For this reason we have compiled an eight part series on that will provide you with over 100 ADD/ADHD resources in a series of weekly blog posts.

This post is part four of the series and will help you find the best available books and documentaries about ADD/ADHD

20 ADD/ADHD Books and Videos you Should Watch and Read.

Books

Cory stories 1. Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living With ADHD

In short statements and vignettes, Cory describes what it’s like to have ADHD: how it affects his relationships with friends and family, his school performance and his overall functioning. Author, Jeanne R Kraus, is a teacher, curriculum specialist, author, humorist and speaker.

2. The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD Survival Guide

Do you have a hard time paying attention or staying still? Do you sometimes get yelled at for talking in class or moving around? Do you often zone out? Lose assignments? Fall behind in school? Have trouble controlling your behavior? Maybe you have ADD or ADHD. These are labels grown-ups use to understand and help kids with these types of challenges.

If you’ve been labeled ADD or ADHD, this book is for you. Look inside to find: What ADD and ADHD mean – and don’t mean. Ways to make each day go better at home, at school, and with friends. How to deal with strong feelings like anger, worry, and sadness. The lowdown on medicine many kids take for ADD or ADHD. The dish on foods that can help you manage your ADD or ADHD. Fun quizzes that will help you remember what you’re learning. And much more

50_Activites3. 50 Activities and Games for Kids with ADHD

By Patrica O. Quinn, MD & Judtith M. Stern, M.A., Illustrated by Kate Sternberg The games, puzzles, activities, articles, and resources in this exciting collection from the newsletter BRAKES offer more than 50 ways for kids to handle the challenges of ADHD. Along with practical tips for solving problems and getting organized, boys and girls can also read about real kids like themselves. And they can discover a wealth of ideas that make life more manageable—and more fun!

4. The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control (Instant Help)

ADHD_WorkbookAll kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) want to manage their symptoms in order to get along better with others, build confidence, and succeed in school, but most don’t have the skills they need to get their impulsive behavior under control. The ADHD Workbook for Kids offers a simple way to help children with ADHD learn these critical skills in just ten minutes a day.

myBrotherpain5. My Brother’s a World-Class Pain A Sibling’s Guide to ADHD-Hyperactivity

Written by Michael Gordon, PH.D, this books is designed to help siblings of ADHD children understand their brothers or sisters. It is explained in kids words the ups and downs of having a sibling with ADHD.

Taking Charge of ADHD6. Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents

From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. He offers encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips.

7. Smart but Scattered:The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

smartandscatteredThere’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements–this empowering book shows how.

8. Putting on the Brakes

Putting on the BrakesNow in its 20th year of publication, Putting on the Brakes remains the essential go-to resource for kids, parents, and professionals looking for tips and techniques on managing attention disorders. Written by two nationally recognized ADHD experts, Putting on the Brakes is loaded with practical ways to improve organizational, focusing, studying, and homework skills and contains more strategies for making friends, controlling emotions, and being healthy. This book gives kids with ADHD the tools for success in and out of school and helps them to feel empowered to be the best they can be!

9. ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

ADD_Friendly_bookOrganizing books fall short of addressing the unique needs of adults with ADD. They fail to understand the clinical picture of ADD and how it impacts the organizing process often making their advice irrelevant or frustrating when put into application. Books about ADD may address organization/disorganization but do so in a cursory fashion and on a very small scale in what are usually long books on the subject. This is a book that has ADD-Friendly advice with the ADDer in mind.

moreattention10. More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD

This essential guidebook begins by describing how the ADHD brain processes information and how that leads to typical challenges that people with ADHD experience, as well as why certain strategies are effective and others aren’t. This lays the foundation for everything that follows, from getting diagnosed to an overview of the research of how ADHD affects people’s lives.

11. ADHD in Children – An Essential Guide for Parents

adhdinchildrenIf you suspect that your child has ADHD, you might find this book helpful as it provides some guidelines to see if your child needs to be considered for an ADHD test. This book helps you get a better understanding of ADHD. It covers the comprehensive aspects of ADHD like types, causes, diagnosis and treatments, etc.If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, this book provides a list of what to expect as your child grows up and it offers a ton of valuable information that you can use to help your child in coping with the disorder.

parentingADHD12. Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach (APA Lifetools)

The author passes on his wisdom about how to help children with ADHD succeed, and includes medical, nutritional, educational, and psychological information in a format usable by parents, K-12 teachers and school administrator professionals, and healthcare professionals.

driventodistraction13. Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

Through vivid stories and case histories of patients—both adults and children—Hallowell and Ratey explore the varied forms ADHD takes, from hyperactivity to daydreaming. They dispel common myths, offer helpful coping tools, and give a thorough accounting of all treatment options as well as tips for dealing with a diagnosed child, partner, or family member. But most importantly, they focus on the positives that can come with this “disorder”—including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm.

adhd effect14. The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps

Awarded “Best Psychology Book of 2010” by ForeWord Reviews, this book is an invaluable resource for couples in which one of the partners suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  It authoritatively guides couples in troubled marriages towards an understanding and appreciation for the struggles and triumphs of a relationship affected by ADHD, and to look at the disorder in a more positive and less disruptive way.

your life can be better15. Your Life Can Be Better, Using strategies for adult ADD/ADHD

This ADD book is different. It is by a psychiatrist, about his own struggles with ADD and those of his patients and his friends. It is personal, about real people coping with real problems. It is about strategies, not about medications or the history, definition or diagnosis of ADD. It is not academic. it is interesting and light reading, with lots of helpful information and ideas.

 Documentaries

I cant do this but i can do that16. I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That

This 30-minute documentary takes an enlightening look at young people with a wide spectrum of learning differences; offering a compelling portrait of the ways in which these children are able to compensate by using their strengths to overcome their challenges.

Misunderstood Minds17. Misunderstood Minds

The PBS documentary Misunderstood Minds shines a spotlight on this painful subject, following the stories of five families as, together with experts, they try to solve the mysteries of their children’s learning difficulties. Produced and directed by renowned Frontline filmmaker Michael Kirk, this 90-minute special shows the children’s problems in a new light, and serves as a platform to open a nationwide dialogue on how best to manage young, vulnerable, and misunderstood minds.

ADDandLovingIt18. ADD And Loving It

Comedian Patrick McKenna seeks a diagnosis for Adult ADHD and learns the facts from an impressive array of experts (some of whom have ADHD themselves!) including medical researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, professors, and award-winning authors.

Gork19. Gork!

GORK! is a frank, intimate documentary about a family in Iowa navigating the challenges of raising a charismatic child with a mix of developmental disabilities (autism, ADHD, retardation). From his baby years as a foster child, through high school graduation, to his placement in an adult group home, the film explores the conflict, humor, hopes and frustrations in his family as Adam’s life unfolds.

frontline20.  FRONTLINE: The Medicated Child DVD

With over four million children now on behavior modifying medications, some starting as young as two years old, FRONTLINE continues its investigation into the controversial practice of medicating kids. Are the drugs safe? How young can you detect mental illness in a child? Is medication really the answer? As the debate grows more intense, FRONTLINE investigates the risks and benefits of prescription drugs for troubled children.

The ADD/ADHD Resource Series

  1. What is ADHD? Nine Websites that explain Attention (Hyperactivity) Deficit Disorder
  2. Seven Organizations that provide support for individuals with ADD/ADHD
  3. 10 ADD/ADHD Blogs and Forums you should follow
  4. 20 ADD/ADHD Books and Videos you should read and watch
  5. 10 Recreational Programs, Camps and Schools for children with ADD/ADHD
  6. 10 Toy Stores that provide great activities for Children with ADD/ADHD
  7. 30 ADD/ADHD Resources you should follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more!
  8. 20 APPS that can help individuals with ADD/ADHD

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Lauren Lewis

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Lauren Lewis began working at the Friendship Circle in May 2012 as the Communications and Event Coordinator. After participating in Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan and meeting some amazing kids with special needs, Lauren fell in love with the cause and never stopped advocating. When not at the Friendship Circle, she is wearing maize and blue and enjoying life in Detroit. You can connect with Lauren on LinkedIn.
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