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ADHD Book Answers to Parents' Most Pressing Questions

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ISBN-10: 1583332332

ISBN-13: 9781583332337

Edition: 2005

Authors: Beth Ann Hill, James Van Haren

List price: $14.95
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As more and more children are diagnosed with some form of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder each year, parents find themselves facing an intimidating barrage of questions, procedures, and visits to the doctor. The AD/HD Book is designed to penetrate the information chaos and serve as a one-stop manual that rationally addresses nearly a hundred of these questions and concerns to demystify what is often an intricate diagnosis.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

Understanding AD/HD
What is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD)?
What is a "disorder"? Is AD/HD a disease?
I've seen attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder listed as ADD, ADHD, and AD/HD. Which abbreviation is correct?
Does AD/HD really exist?
Why is AD/HD so controversial?
What areas of the brain are affected by AD/HD?
What areas of behavior and learning do these affected areas of the brain control?
Why can't scientists use neuroimaging to determine whether an individual has AD/HD?
What is the connection between dopamine and AD/HD?
What causes AD/HD?
Does genetics play a major role in the development of AD/HD?
Can bad parenting cause AD/HD?
Can other disorders be confused with AD/HD?
Can other disorders go along with AD/HD? What are these disorders?
Is AD/HD related to Asperger's disorder or autism?
Is AD/HD caused by a food or chemical allergy?
How common is AD/HD in children?
Can a child grow out of AD/HD?
Can AD/HD be cured?
Has the number of people with AD/HD gone up in the past few years?
How does AD/HD affect our society? How does it affect AD/HD children?
Why is it so important to treat AD/HD?
Symptoms of AD/HD
What are the symptoms of AD/HD?
Do children with AD/HD sometimes have sensory problems?
What other behaviors do children with AD/HD display?
Could temper tantrums and fits be a symptom of AD/HD?
Do vocal and physical tics sometimes go along with AD/HD?
Is there a higher occurrence of AD/HD in children with seizures?
Do children with AD/HD experience sleep disorders?
Diagnosis and Tests
How early can a child be tested for AD/HD?
What is the best way to have my child tested for AD/HD?
Besides the DSM-IV, what other tests are used to evaluate a child for AD/HD?
Why does the physician look for signs of coexisting disorders with AD/HD?
Is the school involved in testing?
What can I expect during testing? How long will it take?
Should we get a second opinion?
What will happen after my child receives an AD/HD diagnosis?
Can my child be mistakenly diagnosed with AD/HD?
Is AD/HD overdiagnosed or underdiagnosed?
Our daughter is in high school and was just diagnosed with AD/HD. How could we have missed it for this long?
What medications are used to help someone with AD/HD cope with his or her disorder?
How do these medications work? Are they helpful?
Are these medications like cocaine?
Are these medications safe?
Does using these medications cause tics?
Are generic versions of these medications available?
Is medication necessary for treating AD/HD?
Can children take these medications?
Can preschool children take these medications?
Will my child's growth be stunted if he is treated with stimulants?
How many children are receiving medication for AD/HD?
What are standard children's dosages for these medications?
How long will my child be on these medications?
How do we decide which medication is best for our AD/HD child?
Should our AD/HD child take a "drug holiday" from medication use?
How do we know whether the medication is helping our AD/HD child?
Are there some children who can't take these medications?
Can use of these medications by children cause later drug abuse?
Are stimulants controlled substances?
Alternative Practices
What about special diets to treat AD/HD?
What about vitamins and minerals to treat AD/HD?
What about the use of medicinal herbs to treat AD/HD?
What about other complementary and alternative practices?
Coping with the Diagnosis
Should I tell my child that he or she has AD/HD?
How can I help my child cope with AD/HD?
Should I spend extra time with my AD/HD child?
Are there any children's books about AD/HD that you would recommend for my child?
My teenager has just been diagnosed with AD/HD. How can I help him cope?
Are there any books that you would recommend for my AD/HD teen?
My child's grandparents don't understand. They just think he is misbehaving. How do I help them understand AD/HD?
Should I tell other people that my child has AD/HD?
Taking my AD/HD child to the grocery is a nightmare. She touches and asks for everything. How can I make this easier?
I'm losing my mind with my AD/HD child or teenager. How do I personally cope with this disorder?
Our child's AD/HD is creating problems in our marriage. What should we do?
What organizations are available to help with our child's AD/HD?
Educational Issues
What are my child's legal rights?
What is an IEP?
Does my AD/HD child have to be placed in a special classroom?
How can I help my child's teacher understand his AD/HD?
What should I do if my child's teacher is not supportive?
Lifestyle Issues
Doing homework with my child is a nightmare. How can we make this easier?
My child is constantly forgetting to bring his homework home. What should I do?
My child is too rough with his siblings, friends, and pets. What can we do?
What safety issues should we be aware of with our AD/HD child?
My child has trouble making and keeping friends. How can we help her socially?
Do AD/HD teenagers have a higher risk of developing substance problems?
Should someone with AD/HD drink alcoholic beverages?
Are there any issues with driving a car with which we should be concerned?
Should our AD/HD teen be allowed to babysit?
Pulling It All Together: The AD/HD Pyramid
Coaching Assignments
General Social Skills
Sensory Issues
School Issues
Personal Grooming
Safety Issues
Sample Incentive Charts
Driver's Contract
Checklist for the AD/HD Pyramid