Are you a parent navigating the ADHD journey with your child? ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, can seem daunting and complex to understand, especially when you're trying your best to provide the right kind of support for your child.
We carefully selected these ADHD books for parents in this guide.
They can offer insights, share experiences, provide practical strategies, and, most importantly, remind you that you're not alone in this journey.
Let's dive into some of the best ADHD books that every parent should have on their bookshelf.
Driven to Distraction
"Driven to Distraction" by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and Dr. John J. Ratey
If you're looking for a comprehensive understanding of ADHD, this book is a must-read. Dr. Hallowell brings a unique perspective to the table.
Not only is he a respected psychiatrist who has worked with many ADHD patients over the years, but he himself has ADHD. He knows what he's talking about both professionally and personally.
"Driven to Distraction" offers a deep dive into the world of ADHD, going beyond the clinical definitions and exploring the real-world impact of the condition.
The narratives of different patients, detailed descriptions of their experiences, and the empathy in Dr. Hallowell's writing will give you a new perspective on ADHD.
Plus, it's available as an audiobook here (shown above). Let me tell you, the voiceover is fantastic, making the 13-hour-long book a surprisingly engaging listen.
Listening to this the first time is what told me I had ADHD, and I was later officially diagnosed. As I listened to Dr. Hallowell's detailed examples, I was floored!
Taking Charge of ADHD
"Taking Charge of ADHD" The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents" by Dr. Russell A. Barkley
If there's one person who's dedicated his life to understanding ADHD, it's Dr. Russell Barkley. Inspired by personal tragedy - the loss of his ADHD-diagnosed brother in a car accident - Barkley has become a leading authority in the field.
His book, "Taking Charge of ADHD," is a comprehensive guide that offers scientifically tested treatments and practical guidance for managing ADHD. If you don't read this book (or even if you do), please check out some of his amazing ADHD speeches on Youtube.
Parenting Children with ADHD
"Parenting Children with ADHD" by Vincent J. Monastra
This book is a goldmine of effective mindfulness techniques and strategies to help your child improve their attention and behavior. It's broken down easily into 10 lessons.
Monastra offers insights into daily routines, homework, and school issues, making it a practical guide for any parent.
The Explosive Child
"The Explosive Child" by Dr. Ross W. Greene
Kids with ADHD often have difficulty with emotional regulation, meaning it's especially hard to control their emotions whether they are sad or angry.
Dealing with your child's explosive emotions can be one of the toughest parts of parenting an ADHD child. "The Explosive Child" is a lifesaver in this regard.
The book guides you through understanding why your child is "explosive" and provides detailed steps and strategies to handle these challenging situations. Dr. Greene's compassionate and insightful approach can make a world of difference in your family's daily life.
The Sensory Child Gets Organized
"The Sensory Child Gets Organized" by Carolyn Dalgliesh
Children with ADHD often struggle with sensory processing challenges. "The Sensory Child Gets Organized" is a fantastic resource that provides solutions to help your child succeed at home, in school, and in life.
It's practical, easy to follow, and can make managing sensory processing disorder much easier.
Remember, every ADHD journey is unique, and these books offer a range of perspectives and approaches. They can be a lifeline, helping you better understand your child's world and providing the tools to navigate it.
So, grab a book and get reading! Did we miss one of the best ADHD books for parents? Let us know in the comment section below!
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