WITH ADD & ADHD
A Guide for Parents and Professionals
Chris A. Zeigler Dendy
Over 100,000+ copies sold
Background:The first edition of Teenagers with ADD & ADHD took over
seven years to write and two additional years to edit and publish. During our
sons' turbulent teenage years, I began collecting materials that were helpful
with our boys. Initially, I wrote simply as therapy for myself as I struggled
with parenting our challenging teenage sons. Some of the strategies that I had
used effectively as a former teacher, school psychologist, and therapist were
not particularly effective with our boys. I agonized through periods of guilt,
inadequacy, embarrassment, and grief. Obviously, if a "so-called
expert" like me was struggling, I could only imagine what other poor
unsuspecting parents with less training must be feeling. After our humbling
education, my husband and I wanted to share the lessons we learned to help other
parents avoid some of the mistakes we made. Thus, Teenagers with ADD & ADHD was born with input from over a hundred
professionals in a variety of fields, many of whom were also parents of
children with attention deficits. In 2006 the second edition was updated with the latest scientific facts and information about ADHD and executive function deficits.
Book Summary: Attention Deficit Disorders and their hallmark characteristics of impulsivity and inattentiveness
can compromise a child's ability to reach his potential. When coupled with the
adolescent's struggle for control and independence, Attention Deficit Disorder
can present these teens, their families, educators, and treatment professionals
with special issues and challenges that, left untreated, can negatively impact
home and school life.
Teenagers with ADD & ADHD, unique in its expanded focus on adolescents and its comprehensive
coverage of ADD and ADHD, describes the three main types of the disorder, the
diagnostic process, and treatment strategies. Although the title specifically
names teenagers, this book is also an excellent resource for all school age
students. It examines typically occurring behaviors and offers guidance for
- The latest brain research on ADHD
- Diagnosis & treatment
- Reframing and building upon the student's strengths
- Common learning problems and academic failure
- Poor self-esteem
- Critical coexisting conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Abuse
- Executive function deficits
- Behavioral issues: defiance, speeding tickets, suicide risk, & brushes with law enforcement
- Truancy & school suspensions
- Sleep disturbances
- Legal rights & Federal laws
- Ideas for accommodations for either IEPs or RtI
- Life after high school—what next?
- Student success stories
Based upon the most current diagnostic criteria available (DSM-IV) and
incorporating ADD/ADHD literature and research, Teenagers with ADD & ADHD is a one-stop, indispensable resource for parents, teachers, psychologists, physicians, and other professionals who work with adolescents. The book was written by an educator and
mental health professional, and mother who has raised two teenage sons with
Parents and professionals alike will find a wealth of intervention
suggestions in tables and appendices that can be reproduced and shared. These
learning problems, behaviors observed, and classroom accommodations
laws governing ADD and ADHD
- US DOE
9/91 policy memo re: services and classroom accommodations for students
for teachers re: impact of ADD/ADHD on school performance
IEPs and accommodations included in Section 504 Plans
eligibility for Other Health Impaired (OHI) services
impact on school work, effectiveness, timing and doses
Teenagers with ADD & ADHD is
recommended reading for parents and families, educators, and administrators,
treatment professionals, and anyone interested in helping children and teens
overcome their difficulties to become well-adjusted and productive young
Thomas Brown, Ph.D. This very comprehensive guidebook offers parents of teenagers with ADD/ADHD an honest description of the many struggles they are likely to face, a wealth of helpful information and practical suggestions, and realistic hope form a knowledgeable and compassionate parent who has learned much from successfully raising two sons with ADHD. Highly recommended!
Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. Thorough and user-friendly, the 2nd Edition is a masterpiece of insight, advice, and guidance to help parents effectively raise teenagers struggling with ADHD. This volume will continue to be the only text on ADHD in the teenage years I recommend.
Sue Hammond, a parent. There is so much hope in this book that you can’t help but believe you will not only survive these years, but find the fabulous creative young adult just waiting to meet you. Thank God I found it.
Harvey Parker, Ph.D., A.D.D. WareHouse: "Chris Dendy has done it again! Her newest book will became the 'go-to' resource for families who are trying to help their adolescent cope with ADD/ADHD."
Autographed copies of Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD are available directly from this website.