Some children have frequent temper tantrums. Some are always fidgeting, running around screaming or falling over. Perhaps you have a child like that or teach one. If so, the chances are that theres nothing to worry about and theyre just being boisterous. For 5-10% of children its not that simple though. These characteristics can be some of the symptoms of ADHD. So, how can you tell the difference and what can you do about it? This book is here to help. Its easy-to-read style guides parents, teachers and carers through the process: from spotting the symptoms and getting a diagnosis to receiving treatment and finding support. Find out which professionals can help, how to get through the system and how to gain support from your school. Practical issues such as life after school and healthy eating are also an integral part of the book. Whether you are a parent or teacher, this practical guide will provide you with all the facts and resources you need. Knowledge is king and this book is your starting point.
As well as very sound advice, there are sections on setting up support groups, giving your child the best diet, what to expect from your childs school and many other helpful suggestions which should help to ease the burden of any parent or guardian who is unsure of the best way to help in this very distressing condition. Fidelity, the journal for the National Council of Psychotherapists This is a valuable book, an ideal first stop for parents and carers and I can see its use as a reference within the hard-pressed population of service providers in health, education and social services. Lea Hurst, IPSEA advisor, Independent Panel for Special Education Advice This guide covers everything from common symptoms to medicines and alternatives to help control a child with ADHD. It has a handy section on what support you can expect to receive from your school. This should be useful for parents and teachers alike. Emma Davis, primary school teacher 'The positive perspective it takes on ADHD gives parents and teachers a basis of knowledge and the information necessary to go forward.' Derby and Derbyshire Parent Partnership 'I would recommend this book as a good guide for any parent or carer who has a child with ADHD. It would also make interesting reading for anyone working with children and young people with ADHD.' Melanie Exley, parent of a child with ADHD, Nasen Special Magazine 'I have personally been through this experience and my child was diagnosed with this condition. Its not an excuse for bad behaviour but a reason and one that this book helps explain. I felt the book is written in an easy format so that any parent is not bedazzled by medicalness but clear ways of working through it all. The book helps explain different ways of treating this condition such as drugs, food, behaviour management and more. I would recommend this book to parents and I also allowed my son to look through it too because I felt he could understand things without being scared. I personally found the medication side effects list very useful as sometimes however much you search you get a mismatch of answers. This seems quite clear.' totz2teens.co.uk 'Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can manifest itself in behaviour patterns that may just be normal childhood behaviour, or may be symptomatic of an underlying issue.This book helps parents to know the difference, obtain a diagnosis and find treatment and support. medication is discussed in a factual manner, leavin