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    1. Delivered from Distraction : Getting
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    3. Developing Talents: Careers for
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    5. The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing
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    6. The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome:
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    1. Delivered from Distraction : Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
    by Edward M. Hallowell M.D., JOHN J. MD RATEY, John J. Ratey M.D.
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    Asin: 034544230X
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-04)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
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    2. Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
    by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
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    Asin: 0684801280
    Catlog: Book (1995-03-02)
    Publisher: Touchstone
    Sales Rank: 767
    Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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    This clear and valuable book dispels a variety of myths about attention deficit disorder (ADD). Since both authors have ADD themselves, and both are successful medical professionals, perhaps there's no surprise that the two myths they attack most persistently are: (a) that ADD is an issue only for children; and (b) that ADD corresponds simply to limited intelligence or limited self-discipline. "The word disorder puts the syndrome entirely in the domain of pathology, where it should not entirely be. Although ADD can generate a host of problems, there are also advantages to having it, advantages that this book will stress, such as high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm, and they are completely overlooked by the 'disorder' model."The authors go on to cite Mozart and Einstein as examples of probable ADD sufferers. (The problem as they see it is not so much attention deficit but attention inconsistency: "Most of us with ADD can in fact hyperfocus at times.") Although they warn against overdiagnosis, they also do a convincing job of answering the criticism that "everybody, and therefore nobody" has ADD. Using numerous case studies and a discussion of the way ADD intersects with other conditions (e.g., depression, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), they paint a concrete picture of the syndrome's realities. Especially helpful are the lists of tips for dealing with ADD in a child, a partner, or a family member.--Richard Farr ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A superbly balanced and rigorous text for all readers
    Whether lay public or professionals in the field, this is the best book you'll find on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I treat patients who have ADD; many come bearing a well-marked copy of this book to say they've found themselves in it. To the others, I routinely recommend they read it before we finalize the diagnosis or decide on treatment. The tone throughout is rigorously scientific yet informal, relatively free of jargon, approachable by anyone with a high school education, and very supportive to the sufferer without being patronizing. It contains no propaganda, a rare virtue in books about ADD. Although written by physicians (who themselves are sufferers), it does not shill for medication management at the expense of alternative treatments that have been scientifically validated as effective. This is the ideal book for sufferers and their families, for teachers and those who evaluate the learning problems of children and adults, and for all health care providers. For those who find it hard to read, another book by these authors, Answers to Distraction, is written in an easier, sound bite format. Both books are available on audiotape, often the best way for the ADDers to "read".

    -Phil Torrance MD (Diplomate in Psychiatry)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gives new meaning to "We Are Not Alone"
    This superbly compiled work was actually used by an M.D. as a substantial part of the dignostic process in evaluating possible ADD syndrome. Having read many self-help books trying to deal with personal trials and foibles, this book HIT HOME! Written by two psychologists who personally experience the frustrations of living with adult ADD, this title made for compelling reading. Imagine finding a description of yourself on every other page!!?? Concise, but personable case studies reveal numerous commonalities amongst ADDers. Rounded out with a detailed history of the discovery of ADD, the research pioneers, treatment plans, hope for the future, and a well thought out section on Resources, including support groups, newsletters, etc. Just Read It!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The ONE & ONLY BOOK you need to read on the subject!
    After finding out that my youngest son had ADHD, I picked up this book and started reading. It was almost like looking into a mirror that showed my life: Further, it described many people in my family! I went to a Stanford psychiatrist for input and am now taking Ritalin. This book may have actually saved my life: I now understand my need for change, my attraction to violence, my Type-A behavior, even my claustrophobia--everything. It was as heartbreaking as it was a relief to find out that there was a name for what I was going through--that there was help available--and most important, that I was not alone. I will have to deal with this affliction for the rest of my life. If you or anyone you know may have either of these maddening disorders, please help by reading this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Flowery nonsense
    If you've already been down the typical path with your child, namely: (1) Child has a problem in school, (2) Child fidgets in front of school "psychologist," (3) Referred to local pediatric physician, (4) received script for psychostimulants, and (5) started giving child the drugs, you'll like this book. It will make you feel good about yourself, your parenting style, and your decision.

    At least give yourself the chance to see the other side of the story. You only have one child - read the book "Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco" by David B. Stein, Ph.D. If you are still convinced that the drug route is the way to go, follow the "1-2-3 Magic" types of parenting techniques (or have a "family meeting" and solicit input from your little child who has no tools to solve this problem), and when that doesn't work, administer the drugs.

    OK - I've probably made some folks angry, and I'll concede that there are a relatively small percentage of children and adults that suffer from disorders (with symptoms like those attributed to ADD/ADHD) that are improved through these drugs, including Ritalin. But, keep in mind that in some schools 50% of the male childern are "ADHD" diagnosed and on Ritalin or similar drugs. No one in their right mind could possibly believe that 50% of children have something called ADD/ADHD that requires treatment with Schedule 2 drugs.

    I'm not writing for those few percent that maybe have a real disease that is helped by drugs. I'm writing for the 95% of children who are on Ritalin and don't need to be. This book will lead you in a direction that your child doesn't necessarily need to go.

    By the way, the book never mentions that Ritalin and similar medicines are "Schedule II" drugs, or what these are. As a parent, I hope you'll ask your doctor - or better still - do your own research on what Ritalin does in the body and its addictive and abuse potential.

    Rebut this information if you wish, but I didn't see anything in this book expressing outrage over 33 - 50% of little children being forced to take addictive drugs because some counseler, teacher, parent and doctor didn't want to do some hard work and rule out that the child's behavior can possibly be remedied by something other than drugs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my career and my family
    I have had problems all my life, some described in this book and some described by the other people who wrote a review of this book. My wife and I were attending marriage counseling because of my short temper. After a few sessions our therapist said she thought I had ADD which I quickly dismissed even though my younder brother was diagnosed with ADD early in his life. After a few more years of trying to convince me, after trying all kinds of self help, after attending anger management classes, our therapist finally recommended this book. I read parts and reread parts and reread parts (others with ADD will understand this) and finally, I got to the "test" in the back of the book. 100 yes/no questions, the more yes answers the more likely you are to have ADD. I took it and after restarting 4 or 5 times finally finished the test with a score of 80. For a baseline I had my wife take it. She scored 18. Not a diagnosis but enough for me to make an appointment with a psychiatrist. Almost 2 years later I am taking ADD medication and my temper is gone, my work productivity and my ability to complete projects has greatly improved. And most importantly I and my family have a new outlook on life. Everyone is happier, especially me. ... Read more


    3. Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
    by Temple Grandin, Kate Duffy, Tony Attwood
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    Asin: 1931282560
    Catlog: Book (2004-03)
    Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 64902
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This career planning guide is written specifically for high-functioning adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, their families, teachers, and counselors. The two authors weave together a unique blend of information and advice based on personal experiences. Temple Grandin draws from her own experience with autism spectrum disorders and her professional career, and Kate Duffy uses her expertise on employment issues and the mother of two teenagers with autistic-like behaviors. The result is an extremely useful and practical book that introduces step-by-step processes for the job search with a major section on the impact ASD has in the workplace, including managing sensory problems, how to nurture and turn talents and special interests into paid work, jobs that are particularly suited to individuals on the spectrum, and much more. First-hand accounts of job experiences and advice from individuals representing a broad range of careers particularly suited for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum round off this exciting new resource. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Ways to use special interests for people with ASD/AS!
    I have read all three of Temple Grandin's books. Each offers a different look at what it is like to experience Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In "Developing Talents" Grandin provides the readers with insight into how parents and educators can assist people with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome (HFA/AS)achieve success.

    Presented in an easy to read format,this book focuses on using one's strengths, natural talents, and special interests to gain
    employment and lead successful lives. This book offers helpful strategies to promote such things as addressing sensory needs in the workplace as well as creating a portfolio to showcase one's talents.

    In today's society, having marketable job skills is a must. This book gives a proactive look at some of the challenges faced by people with HFA/AS. It is important for parents and educators to introduce the concepts of the book early in the educational careers of these students as the skills are life skills in addition to career skills.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fills a much needed void!
    As a parent of an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome, I found this book easy to read and understand, with practical how-to instructions and guidelines for preparing my son to enter the work force. I really liked the emphasis on developing social and communication skills that are found throughout the book. This is one I will recommend to friends and relatives as well as my son's educators. ... Read more


    4. Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach
    by Howard Glasser, Jennifer Easley
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    Asin: 0967050707
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
    Publisher: Center for the Difficult Child
    Sales Rank: 3584
    Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Our Success with this Approach
    I learned of Tranforming the Difficult Child in May of this year, and began implementing the recommendations (with resolve) with our 10 year old son immediately. Everyone who knows him saw an immediate, major improvement in his ability to listen, to get and stay on task, to control his actions, to have meaningful conversations. These gains began in the first couple of days, and have accelerated ever since.

    Our son's official "diagnosis" if you will, is ADHD non-attentive type and Non verbal learning disorder. While fun and likeable (also smart) is still immature for his ten years. He had never once had a best friend in his class (his long-time best friend is in fourth grade). With the confidence and ability to control that he gained through our application of the nurtured heart techniques, he has made not one but fourfriends in the fifth grade class!!!! He's enthusiastic about school, was crushed not to have made "Responsibility Club" this week (homework snafu) - a problem of prosperity. His teachers have embraced the form I adapted from your book. It's come home everyday with feedback, and in fact the highest scores possible, each and every day (they love the form).

    Like many parents, I have tried many, many angles to help our son. Nothing has worked in the past. Implementing the approaches in this book has changed our lives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    After reading Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley's excellent book, "Transforming the Difficult Child," I felt a surge of hope for the more problematic children in our world. Finally, someone had discovered how to help parents manage difficult children in a positive, loving way and without medication!

    Most of the children Glasser and Easley have worked with were taking medication when they arrived at the Nurtured Heart Approach center. These same children are no longer medicated into submission but living bright, successful lives. These children needed a little or a lot more attention than the average child but were being raised with traditional parenting skills that were rendered ineffective because of their ultra-sensitive natures. The parents of these children needed to learn to apply another set of rules to their kids to help them become the wonderful people they were destined to be.

    The Nurtured Heart Approach is an easy, rational, beautiful and loving method of building on the successes of children while not giving energy to the negative aspects of their character. This is an approach that can be used on difficult or "normal" kids. I have begun applying these principles to my own methods of child rearing. They work quickly and magnificintly! It's brilliant in its simplicity and effectiveness.

    If you have a difficult child or even if you would like to learn a new positive, ingenious parenting approach, I urge you to read Glasser and Easley's book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A system that really works!
    My child is RAD, ADHD, PTSD, CPD, BiPolar, and GAD. I've tried every child raising system I can find, and although some helped a bit, none worked long term, or showed continuous improvement. This approach, based on the concept of giving pizazz for the positive, and holding a child accountable (in a non-energy giving way) for misdeeds, really works for my son. It is a slow go, but worth the effort. Also see his website and discussion boards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY HELPFUL RECOMMENDATIONS
    MY TWO BOYS ARE NOT ADD NOR ADHD, BUT ARE STRONG WILLED AND THIS BOOK WAS VERY HELPFUL IN GIVING IDEAS TO BETTER HANDLE THEM AND THEIR "GROWING PAINS" HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An appropriate solution to many issues
    I bought this book, and at the same time "Chaos to calm", and "The Explosive Child". We do not have an ADHD child, but the approach in this book worked wonders for our 4yr old who was becoming defiant and a really big headache, we were being sucked into a cycle of our own impatience and escalation of ineffective discipline. The basic premise of this approach worked wonderfully. Even if you can't do the entire appraoch, implementing the basics ( they offer a staged approach) will probably get you alot of success. The other 2 books, chaos to calm was a structured approach, that had some similarities but not the focus needed that comes through so well, in Nutured Heart. The explosive child was way beyond what we needed, once I read it I realized we were not dealing with such severe issues. ... Read more


    5. The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
    by Carol Stock Kranowitz
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    Asin: 0399523863
    Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
    Publisher: Perigee Books
    Sales Rank: 1101
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    Do you know a child who plays too rough, is uncoordinated, hates being touched, is ultra-sensitive (or unusually insensitive) to noise or sensations of heat and cold? Many pediatricians and other experts are beginning to recognize a link between some of these apparently unrelated behavior patterns.Children with perfectly normal "far senses" (such as sight and hearing) may have, because of a poorly integrated nervous system, serious problems with their "near senses," including touch, balance, and internal muscle sensation. It's called Sensory Integration Dysfunction, or SI. The announcement of yet another new syndrome is bound to raise skeptical eyebrows--and with good reason. (How do we know which child really has SI, and which one just happens to share some of the same symptoms?) Author Carol Stock Kranowitz argues convincingly, however, that for some children SI is a real disorder, and that it is devastating partly because it so often looks like nothing so much as "being difficult." And, whatever the scientific status of SI, Kranowitz carefully details many routines and remedies that will help children--and the parents of children--who exhibit the behaviors described. This book is a must-read for all doctors, pediatricians, and (perhaps especially) childcare workers.--Richard Farr ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars finally, an explanation!
    When my son, at age 2, was evaluated by professionals in our city's Early Intervention program, and diagnosed as having sensory issues along with some developmental delays (fine motor and speech) and apraxia, I had no idea what they were talking about. Our OT suggested I read The Out-of-Sync-Child and click, I got it. Suddenly all these "quirky" behaviors of my son's made sense: The intense craving for movement like swinging or jumping (while other kids in the swings smiled, he was hysterically whooping, and when other kids needed quiet time before bed, he needed to jump to exhaustion). The vigorous head shaking. The penchant for lying on the floor or the sidewalk, particularly in the middle of a tantrum. He pushed puzzle pieces so hard they'd pop out of place, smack a drum or xylophone so hard that he'd almost break the beater. His focus was terrible--and yet, if we "overstimulated" him by playing airplane or crushing him with pillows, suddenly his focus would be terrific. After reading this book, I understood that he has problems processing proprioceptive and vestibular sensations--these are senses I didn't even know we have. Now that my husband and I understand the importance of giving him the stimulation he needs, we can see a huge improvement. The behaviors have lessened and his focus is a thousand times better. I can't recommend this enough to anyone who suspects their child has sensory issues.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for anyone who has children in their lives!
    What was once seen as unexplainable outbursts, violent temper tantrums, instances of complete withdrawal and other "bad behavior" are finally explained from the viewpoint of a child with SI. Parents and teachers alike will discover that these children are simply interacting and reacting to a world that assaults him/her with overwhelming sensations.

    Where punishment has been ineffective, this book steps in to fill the gap. It teaches parents and other caregivers not only what Sensory Integration Disorder is and how it affects a child but what possible triggers may exist and how to address them.

    Perhaps the greatest contribution of this book is not to teach adults how to counter sensory overload but to help adults teach the child to cope with this common disorder that will be with him/her throughout his/her life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars From an Educator's Viewpoint
    The Out-of-Sync Child was a text book for one of my early childhood education courses. This is a wonderful tool for both educators and parents. I feel this book gives hope to parents and techniques for teachers to help make all children feel comfortable in the classroom. Working with preschool children, I feel it is my duty to make sure every child's learning style is taken into consideration. I feel it is imparative for parent, teacher, and occupational therapist to work as a team.

    My first experience with a child with SI dysfunction was last school year. His Mother was open and receptive and that was a huge factor in this child's progress. I was amazed at his development due to Mom keeping him with an OT over the summer. He went from almost no language to making eye contact and having complete conversations. I have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with this child and every time I see him, I tell him just how proud I am of him!

    I highly recommend the companion book The Out-of-Sync Child Had Fun. This book is filled with wonderful activities for SI children as well as all children. I am looking forward to including them into our curriculum next year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Light in the darkness
    A child with sensory integration disorder spends most of his life uncomfortable in his own skin. The Out-of-Sync Child is an excellent resource for parents whose children suffer from this crippling neurological condition, and demonstrates the devastation that can come from having "the volume control" on one or more of the senses (including the sense that allows the average blindfolded person to eat with a fork without impaling his own cheek) set too high or too low. My own 29-month-old has been seen by child psychiatrists, speech therapists, audiologists and occupational therapists. The growing consensus is that he suffers from this debilitating -- but manageable -- condition. The Out-of-Sync Child has helped us not only understand our son better, but also to understand the evaluation process better. Why does the evaluator care that my son wakes up frequently in the night? What does it mean that he loves bear hugs but lashes out at a gentle touch? I have only one quarrel with this book, and perhaps I am asking too much of the authors: The hardest thing about having a child with sensory integration disorder -- and there are many hard things about having a child with sensory integration disorder -- is that you can't explain the disorder to onlookers in a five-sentence paragraph. Because of that, it is easy to decide that the disorder does not exist."Dag-blammit," people say, "in my day you made children sit still in school and if a child didn't sit still, it was because the parents were poor disciplinarians, and if he can't wear a polyester shirt, it's because he's spoiled." Why is my 2.5-year-old wearing a leash? Why is he such a handful that we cannot entrust him to anyone but us, his parents? Why would he die of dehydration before he would drink anything but milk out of anything but a bottle? We cannot explain sensory integration disorder in a sound-bite, but at least, thanks to this book, we have understanding of our son's multifaceted, complicated disorder, and we are delighted to find in the book some immediate solutions for helping him -- and us -- cope. The treatment of choice for S.I. Disorder is occupational therapy, and many treatments must be carried on at home. We have applied many of the suggestions in the book and have seen improvement in our child over a matter of days. And for parents just beginning the odyssey with their child, this book can help understand the evaluation process even if their child turns out to be suffering from some other disorder. A must-read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good start
    This book brought a lot of answers to a set of parents who were confused on what exactly Sensory Integration Dysfunction was. The only thing I would have added was more advice on how to cope as parents. ... Read more


    6. The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Completely Revised and Updated : Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration
    by Patricia Romanowski Bashe, Barbara L. Kirby, Simon Baron-Cohen, Tony Attwood
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    Asin: 1400081521
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 3272
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Families or Professionals working with Aspergers
    This isn't a book, it is a "good deed" (no, make that GREAT deed). And even that isn't high enough praise. Page by page, we have found answers to dozens of questions that we have been asking, but previously finding no answers. We went to therapists, psychiatrists & psychologists, but until Barbara & Patricia came along with this book, our family was sinking fast.
    We are buying additional copies to give to family members and for the staff where our kid goes to school.

    5-0 out of 5 stars OASIS GUIDE to Asperger Syndrome is OUR OASIS
    From the time that my son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, at the age of 3 ½, our family knew that the idyllic life we had anticipated, would never be. At that time, in 1998, there wasn't a lot written about Asperser's Syndrome. Fortunately, I was just becoming a little more knowledgeable about the internet and quickly found my way to OASIS, the Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support network.

    Barb Kirby was there from my first day to help smooth the pathways for other families as no one was really there to help smooth her way. She soon found Patty Romanowski Bashe and together they have created the complete guide to help families through the maze of diagnoses, acronyms, treatments, diets, and educational interventions applicable to those with Asperger's Syndrome, with the publishing of the OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome.

    Because of Barb's reputation, as soon as I saw this book, I knew that it would be thorough. What I didn't realize is how easy it would be to pick the book up and turn to any page and find information that would prove to be helpful to parents and other family members dealing with the overwhelming issues related to having a child on the autism spectrum.

    It is difficult to point to which section of the book is most helpful, because at different times, the various chapters have guided me to my child. At various times, I thought "Why me....why did this happen to ME?"But as this book states, "... the person who is working the hardest in all of this is ....your child".Easy to forget with my parental self-pitying. After I read that, I began to stop feeling sorry for myself and instead began thinking of myself as a "team member". From then, we could begin to regain some of our hopefulness and took on the challenge as a family team goal.

    This new edition has been brought up-to-date to include some of the newer ideas, research and treatments related to Asperger's Syndrome. They include various treatments, medications and discussions ofa range of products available to families like ours that are desperately seeking the magic bullet for our child (there are none unfortunately).

    However what Barb and Patty have given us with this, is what I consider, the COMPLETE manual for all things related to Asperger's Syndrome; it is the bright ray of optimism that although there are certainly many difficult times ahead, there is also a lot of hope. There are many of us parents and professionals that Barb has brought together under the OASIS umbrella and are working arm in arm to find out more and share those successes with others.

    Thank you for the NEW "OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome".I thought the original was as good as it gets, but this one is even better!

    ~Ellen T

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oasis- a Life Saver!!
    Upon receiving the diagnosis Autism for our son, our world collapsed.But when this book arrived in the mail, the tears I cried were not sorrow, but relief.Here were Mothers who understood.
    The facts and information are presented in an easy to read format, and it has given us new hope for our son.
    Life will not be easy, but it has not ended either.

    If anyone is thinking of purchasing any book on Aspergers, this would be the one and only book I would recommend. ... Read more


    7. The Source for Nonverbal Learning Disorders
    by Sue Thompson
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    Asin: 0760601631
    Catlog: Book (1997)
    Publisher: LinguiSystems
    Sales Rank: 51041
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars REPRINT THIS BOOK, SOMEONE !!
    Although I agree that some of the adult 'outcome' examples are scary, such gives us all the more impetus to help kids w/NLD and to spread the word at any stage; this user-friendly source book is the definitive intro for parents and school-folk (followed then by P.Tanguay's pair of books: NLD at Home, and NLD at School). The base of the front cover states the previous title which (if you're a parent or friend of someone with NLD) rings SO TRUE: "I Shouldn't Have to TELL You..." Well, yes, we do -- and yes, we do need this book back in circulation, maybe with some updating. I've special-ordered multiple copies for others and it's getting mighty expensive -- but worth it."

    4-0 out of 5 stars almost perfect but....
    This book is considered the definitive work for parents of NLDer's. I'll admit it's very good but it does have some flaws. I want to start by saying that I was diagnosed with mild NLD at the age of 18. This affects my view of the book in that it really isn't that useful for high school and beyond. Her CAMS don't mix with a university setting and the adults she profiles have depressing lives. Thompson's example of a college student bothers me because she is portrayed as being unable to attend anything but a "local junior college". I also agree with the reviewer who said that Thompson spends to much time focousing on extreme cases, not everyone with NLD needs such intense interventions. Some of the examples are really worst case scenarios. Another thing that I'd like to point out is that not all NLDer's have problems with reading comprehension. I'm an English lit major with no reading problems and have read of other NLD individuals who don't have this kind of difficulty. Finally, typing isn't the magic solution she says it is- the same deficits that make writing difficult can affect typing ability. Good starter book but don't assume your child is going to be that bad. I wish she would expand on this book with something not geared towards just young children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insight Finally
    I have already bought three copies of this book to give to others (teachers and doctors) that deal with my son. My son also says this book describes many aspects of him much better than he could. It has opened my eyes and allowed us to begin to address the real issues, not just theories given by professionals.

    This is the best book I have ever read on the subject. For the first time I can distinguish between ADD and NVL.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best practical guide
    This is by far the best practical guide for NLD children, their parents and their teachers. I am a parent, and had I discovered this book when my child was younger, I am certain that we could have avoided many of the headaches and heartaches he and our family have experienced. The section on accomodations is particularly valuable. I have copied pages to bring to teacher conferences, and have ordered a copy for my son's special education department.

    This book is worth every penny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book first
    My child's Occupational Therapist handed me this book and told me to skim it quickly. She thought my child had NLD and suggested I review the book and see if I agreed. Thanks to the numerous checklists in Thompson's book I was able to get a handle on what the problem was.

    But it isn't all checklists. Thompson has illustrative anecdotes that explain what it's like to have an NLD child, and to BE an NLD child. Some of them are absolutely heartbreaking, such as the boy who jumped off a building because he believed his "friends" who assured him he could fly. Some are encouraging, showing how therapy, accomodations, and hard work can help children overcome this learning disorder. And some just make you think... different.

    If you've heard the phrase "Non-verbal learning disability" and aren't sure what it means or whether it applies to your child, or what to do about it, do check this book out. An excellent resource for parents, teachers, and anyone else who works with any children with NLD. ... Read more


    8. Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
    by Tony Attwood
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    Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
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    Tony Attwood's guide will assist parents and professionals with the identification, treatment and care of both children and adults with Asperger's Syndrome. The book provides a description and analysis of the unusual characteristics of the syndrome and practical strategies to reduce those that are most conspicuous or debilitating. Beginning with a chapter on diagnosis, including an assessment test, the book covers all aspects of the syndrome from language to social behaviour and motor clumsiness, concluding with a chapter based on the questions most frequently asked by those who come into contact with individuals with this syndrome. Covering the available literature in full, this guide brings together the most relevant and useful information on Asperger's Syndrome, incorporating case studies from the author's own practical experience as a Clinical Psychologist, with examples of, and numerous quotations from people with Asperger's Syndrome. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Special Education Teacher Review
    I found this book to be very informative. Tony Attwood's explanation of the syndrome was clear and very easy to understand. Some professional jargon may be difficult for parents to decipher, however the overall approach to diagnostic criteria is very good. I am in the process of referring a high school student for Asperger's screening. This book was critical in my own exposure to this disability and its place on the Autistic spectrum. My 4 star rating was given only for lack of diagnostic examples for secondary level students. One would hope a child with Asperger's would be diagnosed at the elementary level. However, with such a new awakening to the topic, I feel there are probably hundreds of misdiagnosed adolescents out there waiting for help and insight. Parents, I urge you to approach your child's teachers if you suspect Asperger-like characteristics in your own child. Then, recommend they read this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I could have used this book in my youth!
    In the Preface, Attwood mentions meeting over a thousand individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability, and background, and of being impressed by some of their abilities. As an AS person myself, I am impressed by Attwood's understanding of these individuals as real people, and by the simple straightforward language used. Temple Grandin's review, as printed on the back cover of this book, said that the book would have been a great benefit to her as a teenager and young adult. It also includes positive aspects of Asperger's Syndrome. Her full review summed up the book well and could well have been included in this series of reviews. There are eight main chapters, titled Diagnosis, Social Behaviour, Language, Interests and Routine, Motor Clumsiness, Cognition, Sensory Sensitivity, and Frequently Asked Questions. There are also three appendices, including Diagnostic Criteria. And there are References, Subject Index, and Author Index. Only of late has there been a widening of knowledge of Asperger's Syndrome. This is a book that has measurably helped, and will be useful for quite a while yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As most are aware
    As most of us who deal or have dealt with this are aware, the range of the "syndromes" runs the gamut from autism to AS. Then there's DID, ADD, and just about everything else thrown in. But keep in mind that all these labels are relatively new and constantly moving around, like some giant kaliedoscopic series of diagnosis that you can't quite put your finger on. Enter "Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals." As others have said, "Thank you, Mr. Attwood" for this book that helps sort out all of the possibilities. Concise and well-written, this is THE book when it comes to this syndrome, and while many have written about AS or autism (think Haddon's "The Curious Incident" or McCrae's "Bark of the Dogwood") as fiction or fictional characters (though you're never really sure excatly WHAT the character in "Bark of the Dogwood" has), few have come to professional diagnostic arena the way Attwood does. Practial and informative, this is the book you've been looking for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book for parents/professionals alike!
    This book is the first book I reccommend to anyone who is facing a diagnosis of high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome in their family. My 10 year old son is "officially" diagnosed with high functioning autism, but those of us in the know, realize how little that means. Tony Attwood is simply amazing, this book breaks Asperger's Syndrome down for you, step by step, symptom by symptom, and is a real help and reference. Even after being involved in the autism spectrum now for over 6 years, I still refer to this book on a regular basis. Also, unlike many books I have read about autism and Asperger's Syndrome, this book is written very much for the lay person, you don't have to have a PhD to understand this book. There are also very practical solutions for many of the challenging problems unique to Asperger's and austism in here as well, many of them we have used with much sucess with our son. One example I can think of off the top of my head is teaching pragmatic language skills, something that neuro-typical children understand naturally, and children with Asperger's have to laboriously be taught. Temple Grandin's endorsement at the end is literally the icing on the cake.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best place to start for Asperger's Syndrome
    I work with a lot of children on the autistic spectrum, in fact I am often the person to give the diagnosis. I try my best to explain about the autistic spectrum and the nature of the pattern of strengths and weaknesses that are typical in Asperger's Syndrome, but it is great to know that there is one good solid staple book I can also recommend, and this is it.

    I also recommend Luke Jackson's book "Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome" and Kenneth Hall's "Asperger Syndrome the Universe and Everything", which give an inside view that I have valued and I know parents also like.

    I am about to re-read my copy of Tony Attwoods book, as I renew my own research into computer interventions to help children with ASD learn about emotions (see emotiontrainer.co.uk for more information). I've also heard Tony speak and I consider his advice in person and in the book to be realistic, positive and practical. I'd thoroughly recommend it. ... Read more


    9. The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
    by Carol StockKranowitz
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    Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This companion volume to The Out-of-Sync Child presents activities that parents of kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction can do at home with their child to strengthen their child's abilities-and have some fun together along the way. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Any Child Has Fun!
    This book transformed the way I looked at education...not just for children with special needs, but ANY child. This book is bursting at the seams with practical, detailed descriptions of activities that parents, teachers, occupational therapists can participate in with children to promote their sensory integration and academic success. I really appreciated the instructions giving ways to create or purchase equipment and also different variations on one activity to fit the needs of the child(ren) you are working with. This is a beautiful companion to "The Out-of-Sync Child" and I would highly recommend both of these books to anyone who cares about or works with children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas for all kids
    This book has a lot of great ideas for kids with sensory integration problems, but I really think all kids will enjoy and benefit from the activities. It is easy to read and follow the instructions for the activities.

    5-0 out of 5 stars READ this for any child delays - physical,motor,speech
    This is a fantastic resource that I reference again and again for great play ideas that actually help my son develop his brain in the areas of motor planning, fine motor, bilateral, etc. This book is FULL of great play ideas, like bean bag mania for bilateral integration and a simple length of cottom tubing as a proprioceptive giving tunnel. The obstacle course section alone is worth the price of the book; examples include, use flour to mark an outside obstacle course, like a line of flour on the grass for a somersault section... Get this book now, it is the number one idea resource for parents whose children are in OT (Occupational Therapy).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight
    I just bought another copy of this book for the director of my daughter's preschool program. Carol Kranowitz has done an excellent job of outlining symptoms of and explaining sensory integration dysfunction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Time for children with disabilities to have FUN!
    Carol Stock Kranowitz has done it again! He first book, The Out-of-Sync Child was a god send for parents and teachers of children who have difficulties with processing and interpreting the sensory stimuli that they are bombarded with each day. Now, she goes a step further with her newest entry The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, which is a treasure-trove of activities that can help a child feel more comfortable with tactile, vestibular, proprieceptive, and other forms of stimuli. This really neat book starts out with an introduction to sensory integration and explains the sensory difficulties that children with Dysfunction of Sensory Integration [DSI] experience and then she discusses SAFE [Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun, and Easy]. Each subsequent chapter focuses on a particular sensory modality, such as vestibular, proprieceptive, visual, auditory and olfactory and gustatory [smell and taste].

    Each chapter starts out with a thumbnail sketch of a child with that particular sensory challenge, then give a brief overview of that sensory dysfunction, including a modality. Each activity lists the appropriate age range, the materials needed, what the child can do, and the sensory benefits that the activity offers. Each chapter is like this, so the teacher or parent can select the chapter that best fits the child and go from there. This is also true for the section on SAFE activities for sensory-related skills, such as motor planning, oral-motor skills, fine-motor skills, and bilateral coordination. At the end there is an appendix which includes a glossary of terms relating to sensory integration, recommended materials, a list of places where materials can be ordered from. This book should have been available yesterday and it is not time for children with autism and related disabilities to have FUN while having a sensory processing therapy and there's not better place to start than this book! A DEFINATE MUST HAVE! ... Read more


    10. Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns
    by Brenda Smith Myles, Jack Southwick
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    Asin: 0967251435
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
    Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 8862
    Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
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    Written for professionals and parents alike, Asperger Syndrome and Rage: Practical Solutions for a Difficult Moment offers practical solutions to the day-to-day challenges facing individuals with Asperger Syndrome and their families.With a major emphasis on tantrums and other behavioral outbursts, the book offers strategies that promote social skills development, including self-awreness, self-calming and self-management thereby promoting effective lifelong practices.Solutions for parents include organization and support, the importance of daily routines, signs to watch for and more.This clear and concise discussion of the rage cycle and what can be done to stop it from escalating offers helpful suggestions designed to help children and youth function more successfully both at home and at school. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ BOOK
    Just wanted to mention that the title of this book was changed to "Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns" so it's still available on Amazon (do a search)

    I highly recommend this book for both parents and professionals

    5-0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and practical help
    This book is extremely helpful with practical, concise instructions for understanding and helping your child with Asperger Syndrome. I have loaned or given copies to every staff member working with my two sons who have AS. It has enabled us to set up a complete program that enables to them to be safe and to learn. It addresses the behaviour while not judging the child. It if were up to me it would be standard issue in every school. The only thing better than reading this book is to hear one of the authors, Brenda Smith Myles, speak in person. She truly understands our kids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK
    If your child has meltdowns in school, you MUST read this book. More important, it should be required reading for all school personnel who come in contact with AS kids who have meltdowns.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book for your Child's Teacher!!
    We bought this book for my son's fifth grade teacher, who had some trepidation about teaching my son, First,we had bought this book for ourselves and it made total sense to us. After the teacher adopted many of the teaching strategies described in this book, my son had the most successful year in his whole scholastic history! The teacher also happened to be very experienced, consistent and organized, which helped very much, but he had taught my son before that with little to no success. This book made the difference.

    The thing is, the teacher developed behavioral strategies and explicit rules for the whole classroom, so my son was never singled out! My son's severe behaviors improved incredibly until they were exremely limited - both at school and at home. His relationships with his peers progressed amazingly. And his schoolwork blossomed; he was ranked #3 in the entire class.

    Alas, this year, when the strategies were NOT applied to the classroom, the whole year fell apart and we withdrew my son from that school.

    All goes to show, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, and this book gives TONS of prevention.

    Finally, there is a section for the parents that makes perfect sense. I liked the one about engaging in verbal arguments - it's ok not to have the LAST word as long as you have the LASTING word.

    This book is the Gold Standard of books on Asperger Syndrome. Along with Teresa Bolick, "Aspergers and Adolescence," I frequently recommend these books to everyone who has any tangential contact with Asperger Syndrome.

    THANK YOU Brenda Smith Myles for writing this book. I hope to read many more of your books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heading Melt Downs Off At the Pass
    Parents, educators and people on the autism/Asperger's spectrum will get a lot of mileage out of this excellent book. It is written in a plain, straight-forward style that clearly describes the behaviors that are often associated with a/A. I like the way the authors don't make light of meltdowns and explain what often triggers them. I also like the straight-forward direct approach they take in helping others cope with, and, in cowpoke parlance, head meltdowns off at the pass. This is a book that many will find helpful and power packed with invaluable information. ... Read more


    11. The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder (Revised and Expanded Edition)
    by DEMITRI MD PAPOLOS, JANICE PAPOLOS
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    Asin: 0767912853
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-24)
    Publisher: Broadway
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    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    After almost three years in print and more than 100,000 copies sold, The Bipolar Child has made an indelible mark on the field of psychiatry and has become the resource that families rely on. Now in the first book about early-onset bipolar disorder is completely revised and expanded.

    Bipolar disorder--manic depression--was once thought to be rare in children. Now researchers are discovering that not only can bipolar disorder begin very early in life, but also that it is much more common than ever imagined. Yet the illness is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Why?Bipolar disorder manifests itself differently in children than in adults, and in children there is an overlap of symptoms with other childhood psychiatric disorders. As a result, these kids may be given any number of psychiatric labels: "ADHD," "Depressed," "Oppositional Defiant Disorder," "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," or "Separation Anxiety Disorder." Too often they are treated with stimulants or antidepressants--medications that can actually worsen the bipolar condition.

    Since the publication of the first edition, thousands of families have gotten to the root of their children’s behaviors, and found the answers they were looking for in The Bipolar Child. Drawing upon recent advances in the fields of neuroscience and genetics, the Papoloses convey what is known and not known about the illness. They comprehensively detail the diagnosis, tell how to find good treatment and medications, and advise parents about ways to advocate effectively for their children at school. Included in these pages is the first Individual Education Plan--IEP--ever published for a bipolar child. The book also offers critical information about the stages of adolescence, hospitalization, the world of insurance, and the psychological impact the illness has on the child. New to this edition are information on promising new mood-stabilizing drugs and omega-3 fatty acids, more advice on getting appropriate school accommodations, and a full discussion about the complexities of family life when more than one family member has the illness. A critical new chapter deals with the deficits in the area of executive functions that have recently been identified as a common feature of a bipolar disorder. This chapter walks parents through a neuropsychological testing and–for the first time–recommends a specific battery of tests that should be administered to these children and adolescents.

    The Bipolar Child is rich with the voices of parents, siblings, and the children themselves, opening up the long-closed world of the families struggling with this condition. Already proven, in its original edition, to be an invaluable resource for parents whose children suffer from mood disorders, as well as the professionals who treat and educate them, this book will prove to have major public health significance.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bipolar Child and Matt the Moody Hermit Crab
    I consider this book to be my "Bible" when it comes to questions, information and concerns about children with early onset bipolar disorder. I reference it often and I'm so glad the Papolos's have taken the time to meet and talk with so many people who have children with bipolar disorder. Their information and recommendations are based on information that comes directly from the perspective of parents-something so often missing in books about mental illness in children. I would also recommend that children read Matt the Moody Hermit Crab by Caroline McGee. While there are many books out there for adults, there are not many written for children with this disease. Ms. McGee's book was the first one I was able to find that was appropriate for my son's age and reading level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wish this book had been around when my son was 3
    While many people believe that Bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed in children, the psychiatric community is now determining that many times the diagnosis' that were given as ADHD have been incorrect and were actually the behaviors of Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder. While I knew my child was Bipolar because of family history, I could not convince the professionals who were "helping us" and I did not know what I was supposed to do to help him. I wish this book had been around when my son was three years old and could have guided my husband and I. We went through years of dysfunctional behavior, spiraling downward until we could no longer cope with our child's behavior and finally sent him to a therapeutic residential school for 2 1/2 years beginning at age 12 1/2. While suicide is the ultimate loss of a child, sending them away in the hopes that they will get their head together, never knowing if the therapy will take, always wondering if people are being kind to your child, missing important stages of development, not sharing those few moments of sunlight and happiness that you can snatch when they are in a good mood, is devastating. My heart felt as if it had been ripped out of my chest and I was a walking zombie for the first year and one-half. People who say that parents and teachers can "manage" this type of child without the appropriate medications and think that the average onset is still in adulthood are fooling themselves and doing irreparable harm to their children. Had this book been available 12 1/2 years ago, our story might have been different. Our child might have been able to stay at home and share our lives instead of being sent away because we could no longer "manage" him. Don't fool yourselves-learn all that you can about this disorder and this book will help you start that steep learning curve.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What's in a name
    It's a very comprehensive book directed at parents but containing a lot of technical information about neuroscience within its 440 pages. Part II "Inside the brain and mind" would be heavy going for anyone without a medical or scientific background although the writing is admirably lucid.
    I did not find any arrors of fact but readers should be aware that the Papolos's extend the diagnosis of bipolar disorder beyond what is generally accepted. They may be right but at present there is no objective test like a blood test or an X-ray to prove the diagnosis. It is often suspected when a child is made worse by drugs in the Ritalin class, which is a tough way to make a diagnosis. A strong family history of classical manic-depressive illness as described by Kraepelin is another clue. Most diagnoses of childhood mental ilnesses are fuzzy. (The DSM criteria have aroused a lot of sharp satirical comment). One result is that that a lot of the medication use is empirical "let's try this and see."
    The Papalos's also emphasize the possibility that treatment of depression with an anti-depressant drug can precipitate mania. This can happen in adults but its implications for treatment are controversial.
    They tend to be over-optimistic about the effects of many anti-convulsant drugs and perhaps give too much credence to single reports of spectacular improvement.
    I appreciated their harrowing but warmly sympathetic descriptions of life with a severely mentally ill child and how to cope with the well-meaning (or ill-meaning) critics who say things like "give him to me for a week and he'll be different child."
    It's a very practical book for parents in the the United States in dealing with questions like the costs of treatment. The advice about gaming the system and the the complexities of IDEA and IEP etc is particularly good although it is so detailed and specific that it would not help much in other countires, even Canada.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Footsoldiers In The Battle To Comfort Children
    One might argue that the authors attempted to squeeze too much information between one set of covers. It does seem that there are actually two books here: one, a medical analysis of the etiology of Bipolar Disorder, particularly early onset in very young children; and another book guiding parents in recognizing the symptoms and navigating the medical, insurance, and governmental mazes to obtain treatment for their children. Be that as it may, the authors have written a very provocative treatment of Bipolar Disorder that brings into print what psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and many parents have been concerned about for some time. For the past decade or so, there has been growing concern about the precision of children's diagnoses vis-à-vis Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While many parents and school officials wonder if the ADHD diagnosis is rendered too often, there is another school of thought emerging that as many as a third of ADHD diagnoses are in reality cases of early onset Bipolar Disorder.

    The authors are not alarmists; their stance, research, and professional networking is mainstream. But this work is alarming. It argues from the testimony of hundreds of parents connected to the authors from around the country by the Internet, that their children were much more violently ill than DSM-IV criteria for ADHD would admit, and that traditional ADHD treatments were not working, in fact making the situations worse. Admitting that the ADHD/bipolar differential is tricky for the diagnostician, the authors have arrived at useful clinical clues. For example, when a hyperactive child breaks something, more often than not he is angry with himself for his clumsiness. The bipolar child, on the other hand, often demonstrates an outward rage or anger with his destructive actions directed at family and peers. The Papoloses note also that bipolar children are more inclined to night terrors and violent imagination in story telling and art work.

    The authors point out that pediatric pharmacology in the treatment of early-onset Bipolar Disorder is extremely critical and presents a wide array of problems. As noted above, Bipolar Disorder can be mistaken for ADHD. The standard medication for the latter has been stimulants, which unfortunately will severely aggravate the manic tendencies of the bipolar client. Other clients may present as depressed, and even though the FDA has severely cautioned against the use of SSRI's with depressed children, it has not forbidden their use outright. In children and adults, SSRI's have been found to trigger manic episodes where the depressed mood was a feature of misdiagnosed Bipolar Disorder.

    Even when the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder is correctly made, the medication problems for children are significant. Over the years the common practice has been the use of such mood stabilizers as Lithium and Depakote. These medications have required regular blood work, which has made compliance an issue with children who naturally despise needles. More recently, anticonvulsant and atypical psychotic medications have proven useful in severe cases. However, these medications involve significant side effects ranging from aggravated weight gain and acne to such extremes as facial distortions and the other trademark symptoms of psychotic medications. The Papoloses examine each medication, pro and con, to assist parents and practitioners in treating and educating their clients.

    Parents are reminded that dating back to 1973 federal law has mandated the educational opportunities of children with mental disorders. In a similar vein, children's rights to medical treatment, including institutionalization for weeks or months, are also reviewed under the provisions of Medicare and Medicaid, among other plans. The authors are thorough in spelling out the rights and the best procedures to follow in dealing with the bureaucracies of government, schools, and insurance companies. A number of useful organizations, with phone numbers and web sites, are provided. However, in the two states whose budgets I monitor, New York and Florida, Medicaid funding for children has been significantly reduced due to strapped state budgets. At this writing, California is considering wholesale reduction of service as well. Consequently, even those parents who are faithful to the advice rendered by the Papoloses may have difficulty in accessing service. The authors' advice here, while correct may be a bit too rosy in the present health care environment. In addition, I attempted to use several of the web sites, and some of them have been disbanded.

    But in the final analysis, this work fulfills what I think were the intentions of the authors. First, it provides assurances to parents that the bizarre and deeply troubling behavior of their children may have organic causes for which they are not responsible. Caregivers are reminded that they are not alone, that they have rights, and most importantly, that there are support groups and practitioners who are beginning to understand the scope of their problems. Second, this work is successful in encouraging practitioners to think more expansively about the pervasiveness of early-onset Bipolar Disorder. Until fairly recently popular wisdom had that Bipolar Disorder was "a grownup's disorder." Today any practitioner will tell you that in the absence of significant personal and family history, the establishment of a bipolar diagnosis is extremely difficult. So much the more for children, particularly when we are not conditioned to routinely look for manic depressive features.

    The Papoloses also discuss the troubling prospect that disorders of mood are gradually increasing in scope and intensity in America and appearing at earlier ages than ever before. I do not expect that this contention will go unchallenged. But if the authors are anywhere near correct in this contention, our research into the causes and treatment of many children's mental disorders, which now appear inherited and to emanate from the frontal regions of the brain, must accelerate not only for the safety of our children and families, but as a humane gesture to their suffering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A lot of really helpful info
    This book is such a wonderful resource, I cannot count how many times I have pulled it out to look up information. Some of it is a bit technical for me, but it reassured me that I was not a bad parent, that I was not alone, and that there are professionals out there working on helping kids like mine.

    I also recommend "If Your Child Is Bipolar." Between these two books, I feel like I have the information and support I need to really make a difference in the life of my child and the rest of my families' as well.

    Thank you to Dr. Papalos for all that he is doing to help our kids! ... Read more


    12. The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
    by Stanley I., Md. Greenspan, Serena, Ph.D. Weider, Robin Simon, Serena Wieder, Robin Simons
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    Asin: 0201407264
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic resource
    Although the strategies in this book are definately time consuming, it is all completely worth it when your child makes a communication breakthrough. My daughter went to a pre school where the teachers followed the methods outlined in this book, and the students (who were all autistic or language learning disabled) left able to function in a regular education environment. I strongly recommend that parents follow the guidelines in this book, it will make a world of difference for your child.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you were only going to buy one book . . .
    Buy this one! Our daughter was recently diagnosed with a developmental disorder and this book is just a wonderful resource, particularly for the period just after diagnosis, when parents are scrambling to find the right treatment options and at a loss for what to do. After reading this book, we felt suddenly empowered to begin working with our daughter, even though we don't yet have our full team in place. We realized that we were doing all the wrong things with the best of intentions, often making our interactions with her frustrating on both sides. The floor time descriptions and techniques have really helped us interact with our sometimes withdrawn and difficult child and even better, really enjoy the time we spend playing and working with her.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hands down the book to improve your child dramatically
    This is the one book to get if you have a child with special needs. I cannot state enough how wonderful this book is in helping your child grow and develop above and beyond their current level, not just incrementally, but in leaps and bounds! I have a daughter with autism and first I tried the Behavioral books, such as "Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism" along with all the other books based on the Lovaas Method and the Behavioral Model of teaching which is shaping behavior step-by-step using reinforcers (just how Pavlov got a dog to ring a bell for food or how, in my Psychology class, I got a pigeon to peck a red dot for food) I tried the Lovaas method for one year, also called ABA or Applied Behavioral Analysis, and my child did not progress in her development. She was also enrolled in an Early Start class and was getting speech therapy. Finally I bought Dr. Greenspan's book when my daughter turned 3, one year after her diagnosis. I only wish I found this book earlier! This is based on the Developmental approach to learning. It is full of hope, not false hope like dietary cures, but real hope based on real methods that are simple to learn, make a lot of sense and are based on how children actually learn. It really makes perfect sense when you read it: Play with your child, keep an interaction going, keep them actively engaged, block them from self-stimulating or hiding into their own world, keep them interacting with you. This is a lot of work, but it is natural and rewarding and you can do it yourself without training. You do not have to do this all day long. Dr. Greenspan recommends several 30-minute sessions of "Floortime" each day. Do not believe the bad reviews on this book that say something like, "If your child flaps their arms, flap with them." I kept away from this book for one year based on such reviews, but that is not how it is at all! This book is empowering and enlightening. Dr. Greenspan's entire premise is based on this: Although your child is disabled, they can learn and grow way beyond any level you could imagine for them or any teacher could vision for them, by having high expectations and not limiting them based on their label. Yes it is work, but with a little effort on your part, your child can really improve and learn self-help skills to become an independent adult. That is the goal for all children with special needs and it's not easy to get them there, but for most all children it is doable with work, time and attention and high expectations that it can and will happen! Dr. Greenspan does not throw out the Behavioral approach of Lovaas at all- he even states that for some children both approaches are necessary to learning, he has an entire chapter on this. Each child is unique and each child needs an approach tailored to what works best for that child. For my daughter, Greenspan's approach really works and after using this method for several months, she is now enrolled in an integrated Preschool with mostly typically developed children- Something she never could have achieved without the Greenspan approach!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dr. Greenspan for saving my child
    When my wife and I first felt that our daughter had serious developmental issues, we panicked. My daughter was 3 at that time and was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified(PDD NOS). Days later a librarian helped me choose this book. I read the book, re read it many times and applied it to interact with my daughter.
    After nearly two years of applying the principles and techniques discussed in this book, we turned our daughter around a full 180 degrees.
    She is now very intentional, joyful, creative, spontaneous, logical, friendly and natural. What were some of her major issues are now her strengths. She still has a few minor issues and they are being addressed.
    Our main intervention has been Dr. Greenspan's Floortime model. Most of the caregivers and professionals of my daughter were educated in the Floortime principles.
    This book must be considered a great tool for providing intervention to special needs kids both at home and in the classroom. This intervention is very demanding of a parent's time and mind but worth every bit of it. We had a great psychologist that helped us apply the intervention.
    Contrary to what another reviewer said, this intervention is not easy. You need a lot of patience, determination, mental energy to understand your child and apply the intervention for her individual needs.
    Stanley Greenspan and Serena Weider created a masterpiece. This is a must read for anyone with a special needs child.

    2-0 out of 5 stars This book will not cure my child of autism
    My child had severe autism and needed learning in repitition, such as that done in discrete trials and strict management of his behavior in order to progress. Trying these "sweet and nice" ways of intellectual stimulation for 4 months did not work and produced much non-compliant behavior. We quickly saw and continue to see progress with a therapy that teaches in the repetitive way he needs to be taught while keeping his behavior under control. In addition, my ABA therapists already use some of the play described in this book on play breaks as a reward for good behavior.

    This book assumes that parents are neglectful and ignorant of the child having any emotional needs just because he is disabled. I am aware that my handicapped child still has emotional needs. I can play with and kiss and hug my child until the cows come home and he will be very happy in the short term but remain quite developmentally delayed and non-compliant! Behavioral interventions, such as those taught by Lovaas have made dramatic improvements in speech, behavior and toy play for my 3 year old. I'm sure he will thank me later. I recommend a good quality ABA program such as from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) as well as strict biological interventions for your autistic child to make progress.

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    13. Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
    by SALLY MD SHAYWITZ
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    Catlog: Book (2003-04-15)
    Publisher: Knopf
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    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help us understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels—and for their parents, teachers, and tutors—this book can make a difference.
    Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs—many of them in her own laboratory—Dr. Shaywitz demystifies the subject of reading difficulties and explains how a child can be helped to become a good reader. She discusses early diagnosis in young children as well as the diagnosing of older children, young adults, and adults. Dr. Shaywitz explains why some bright adults can read only very slowly, and what they can do about it. Her book makes clear how the latest research, including new brain imaging studies, is uncovering the mechanisms underlying dyslexia and has led to effective treatments for each age group.

    Dr. Shaywitz instructs parents in what they can do year-by-year, grade-by-grade, step-by-step for a dyslexic child. She lays out a home program for enhanced reading; guides parents in choosing the best school for their child and in working with teachers; and suggests ways of raising and preserving the child’s self-esteem. She provides exercises, teaching aids, information on computer programs, and many other invaluable resources.
    In addition, her book corrects such popular (and harmful) myths as the belief that dyslexia is primarily a male problem, that children with dyslexia see words backward, that dyslexia is linked to intelligence. She shows us how, although dyslexia cannot be outgrown, its effects can, with careful planning and hard work, be overcome.
    Dr. Shaywitz lifts the barrier of ignorance surrounding dyslexia and replaces it with the comfort of knowledge. Here is a trusted source to which you can turn for information, advice, guidance, and explanation. In sum, here is cutting-edge research translated into an easy-to-follow plan of action offering help—and hope—to all who have reading problems, and their families.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of good stuff here, but watch out for...
    This book contains large amounts of interesting and important information about dyslexia, much of which is not readily available elsewhere. It will be of interest to dyslexics, the friends and family of dyslexics, teachers, education administrators, and indeed to anyone who wonders about how people learn and how people think.

    One particularly attractive feature of the book is that it covers many areas of concern: not just the science of dyslexia, but also the techniques of testing for dyslexia and teaching to dyslexics, the social and personal implications of dyslexia, policy and administrative implications of dyslexia, effective advocacy for a dyslexic child, misconceptions about dyslexia, and so forth. A special treat is the epilogue, which provides the life stories of seven dyslexics who have been extraordinarily successful as authors, physicians, businesspersons, or politicians. I particularly note that many of these successful people regard dyslexia not as a burden to overcome, but as a gift that forces them to think where others rely on rote memorization.

    I bought this book because my son is dyslexic. After reading it, I am also nearly convinced that I am dyslexic. (Before you read too much into genetics, let me tell you that my son is adopted.) Other apparent dyslexics I know are my father (a self-made multimillionaire who has difficulty spelling words of four or five letters) and my Ph.D. thesis advisor (a highly creative theoretical physicist, winner of the Wolf Prize and the Boltzmann Metal, who told me not to fret overly about my poor spelling, because "the ability to spell anticorrelates with intelligence").

    The book does not deserve five stars, however, because it is seriously schizophrenic. Most of the book, particularly parts I, II, and IV, takes the position that there are many different kinds of students, who enter school with a variety of backgrounds and a variety of objectives, and that this variety demands a variety of teaching approaches. For example:

    "Every child is different." (page 193)

    "There is no one perfect school environment that will suit every child." (page 302)

    "Good readers and dyslexic readers follow very different pathways to adult reading." (page 314)

    They are poor schools that "pride themselves on uniformity." (page 297)

    My observations, both as a parent and as a teacher, support the soundness of these conclusions. After all, every shirt manufacturer knows that it's *not* true that "one size fits all". If we need variety in such a simple thing as shirt sizing, isn't it clear that we also need variety in something as complex as thinking, teaching, and learning?

    Yet part of Shaywitz's book (much of part III) flatly rejects this need for variety and replaces it with a doctrinaire insistence that there is only one way to learn reading, namely phonics:

    "A young child *must* develop phonemic awareness if he is to become a reader." (page 51)

    The child "must understand that spoken words come apart" into short sounds. (page 176)

    "All children must master the same elements." (page 262)

    Fluency training "invariably works." (page 273)

    "It is only by reading aloud...that real gains are noted." (page 235)

    "There is no other way." (page 263)

    It is abundantly clear that such statements are dead false: deaf children do not -- cannot -- learn to read by associating letters with sounds, as phonics demands. Furthermore, I assure you that I do not read this way. I simply do not understand the complex rules about vowels on pages 200 and 201 -- rules that Shaywitz claims *must* be understood by second graders to enable them to read. (While reading these rules, I could only think that, in comparison, quantum mechanics is utterly trivial.) Perhaps this is related to the fact that I've never been able to play a musical instrument, or to sing, or even to hum. But surely I am a counterexample to this arrogant insistence that "there is no other way".

    Shaywitz claims that her insistence on phonics as the only way to learn is supported by the report of National Reading Panel. In fact, that panel draws exactly the opposite conclusion, namely that "Not all children learn in the same way and one strategy does not work for all children."

    It may well be that deaf people and I don't read as efficiently as other people do. It may well be that phonics is the most efficient place to start when attempting to teach a child to read. But to insist, as Shaywitz does, that it's the place to start *and* the place to stop is contrary to both common sense and the evidence.

    The book's dual-headed character is sometimes frightening in its contradictions. On page 358 Shaywitz recounts vividly how awful it is for dyslexics to be forced to read aloud in class. (The same can be said for those with speech impediments, for those with non-standard accents, for poor readers who are not dyslexic, and for those who are just plain shy.) And on page 235 she writes with pride that, due to her contributions to the "No Child Left Behind Act", soon all children will be forced to read aloud in class.

    The tragedy is that due to the adoption of the "No Child Left Behind Act", and due to impending changes in the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act", our country is moving away from the sound practice of "one strategy does not work for all children" and towards the one-size-fits-all doctrine of "there is no other way."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Dyslexia
    This is the book you've been looking for!!! This is "the Bible" for those of us who are, (or who are working with) dyslexic people. This book is written so naturally that you feel like you are part of a dialogue at this very moment. Dr. Shaywitz knows what our questions are and she answers them! Better, she anwsers with Scientific backup! She offers directions on specific places to go for more help; help that works. I have bumbled along as a parent advocate on my own for five years now...how I wish that I had had the benefit of this book from the very beginning. You can! BUY IT! Buy multiples. SHARE IT...especially with the people at school . I have given copies to my school's Kindergarten teacher, and Special Education department first, because that is where I think it will help the most children immediately. Every educator should read this book, every parent should read this book and certainly anyone with a concern about reading should read this book. I won't go on about the entire content; for that read one of the editorial reviews. This one comes from the heart!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Read Gift of Dyslexia
    My friend, who's dyslexic, learned to sound out words in grade school, but she had never read a book until the age of 38, after finding the book, "The Gift Of Dyslexia". The way her brain works may have been described well in the book, "Overcoming Dyslexia", but Ron Davis' book is much more helpful overall. Also, the book "Right-brained Children in a Left-Brained World" by Jeffrey Freed was helpful and sometimes contradicts what Dr. Shaywitz suggests in her book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, and Now More
    This is a wonderful first step to demystifying dyslexia and to empower parents and older children to find the answers they need. If you are worried because your first grader looking at picture of a little dog and the word "puppy" underneath and says "dog" you need this book. If your 4th grader is crying over her homework every night, you need this book. If your 7th grader, who did well in grammar school is suddenly tanking, you need this book.

    There is a HUGE amount of disinformation out there--most school districts know little about learning disabilites and dyslexia, and don't want to change--you need to be armed with the facts, not your fears or emotions. This book has facts.

    If somebody tells you modelling in clay will make your child's reading all better, you need this book. If somebody tells you the answer is eye exercises, you need this book. If somebody promises you that reading through colored plastic will be much easier and cheaper than anything else, you need this book.

    The "now more" parts of the review is that now there needs to be a shorter, easier-to-read, suitable-for-busy-people version or new book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful Education
    I was required to read this book for an educational training in using the Slingerland approach. I teach first grade students who have been pre-screened for the possibility of dyslexia. Teachers and staff do not make that medical diagnosis. However, it was extremely important to realize that students with dyslexia process language using a different part of their brain. Most importantly it emphasized that direct, systemaic teaching may pattern the brain and "rewire" it. A great book for educators and parents alike. ... Read more


    14. Special Diets for Special Kids
    by Lisa Lewis
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    Asin: 1885477449
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
    Publisher: Future Horizons
    Sales Rank: 8807
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    Understanding and implementing special diets to aid in the treatment of autism and related developmental disorders. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Important Autism Resource
    My eight year old son went on the gluten-free/casein free diet a little over a year ago. A member of my support group had highly recommended _Special Diets for Special Kids_ by Dr. Lisa Lewis. I'll always be grateful that she did! My little boy immediatley showed more awareness. Before going on the diet, we were unable to get him potty-trained; within two weeks of starting the diet, he achieved toileting control on his own. He increased some in expressive language, but in receptive language he improved tremendously. Dr. Lewis clearly explains the testing options available to help parents make an informed decision about whether the diet might benefit their child. She emphasizes that this diet is not a guarantee or cure but could possibly improve a child's life. Reading her book is like talking to another mother of a special-needs child who is offering the experience of what worked for her. After going on the diet, learning definitely become easier for my son. Dr. Lewis also lists every imaginable resource to help in the appendices. After reading the book and trying to properly implement the diet, we continue to receive support from ANDI, the group co-founded by Dr. Lewis. This group offers the latest information and new recipes to help with dietary intervention. The procedure has not always been easy, but seeing my son emerge as he has, has made it worth the extra effort.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource To Implement A Gluten- & Casein-Free Diet
    I disagree tremendously with the negative review listed for this book. The author never implies the diet will work for everyone and is the sole therapeutic answer. In my opinion, if you are even THINKING of implementing a gluten-free, casein-free diet for your child, this book is a must. Not only does the author provide a thorough review of the literature & studies done on relevant treatments for autism, & defines many of the terms so readily used, she offers a ton of GREAT, KID-FRIENDLY recipes (great for ANY kids that need to be dairy- and gluten-free, regardless of the reason). The author presents the information without bias, allowing the reader to form their own conclusions whether the diet would be helpful. And while, yes, the diet may be difficult to implement (since casein and gluten are so pervasive in our foods), it offers a SAFE, alternative approach that we have seen work for MANY, MANY people in conjuction with other therapies. And as a medical professional, I was more skeptical than most that there could be any link with food & behavior before I heard and saw it for myself over and over and over first hand. If I had a child with autism I would CERTAINLY TRY this. I would have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

    5-0 out of 5 stars OK peoples ! If you have a child on the spectrum - its time!
    Parents of autistic children, ADD or ADHD kids - you have to do the GFCF Diet thing! IT IS TIME.
    This book by Ms Lewis is a great how to get on this diet with excellent practical advice and good tested/yummy recipes for all the favorites including: CHICKEN NUGGETS, breads and food planning.
    This GFCF Diet is not a fad and it is not a gimic but an excellent way to you help spectrum child feel, do, be the best they can be.
    It all starts with proper nutrition and certain ingredient avoidances. Give it a shot! I highly recommend it and have seen enormous changes in my autistic son so much so that his ATEC went from 89 to 9 and he is now in kindergarten! I highly recommend this book (and Special Diets for Special Kids II!)

    What are you waiting for????

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good resource for starting the gluten/casein free diet
    This was an excellent start to understand the gluten/casein free diet for children with autism and other special needs. The background information was a little complicated for people who are not in the medical field. However, the basic steps were concise and easy to follow. I especially like the recipes in the back of the book and use them often. There is also excellent resources and contact information in the book. These dietary interventions should be tried by every autistic person. It has changed my son (and my)life! Thank you Lisa Lewis!

    5-0 out of 5 stars the must-have book for the gf/cf diet
    There is so much information in this book I studied it for a year before my boys started the diet. I use it daily for all of the recipes. This book makes the diet more do-able than it sounds and much less scary. ... Read more


    15. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, "Chronically Inflexible" Children
    by Ross W. Greene
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    Asin: 0060175346
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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    Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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    Flexibility and tolerance are learned skills, as any parent knows if they've seen an irascible 2-year-old grow into a pleasant, thoughtful, and considerate older child. Unfortunately, for reasons that are poorly understood, a few children don't "get" this part of socialization. Years after toddler tantrums should have become an unpleasant memory, a few unlucky parents find themselves battling with sudden, inexplicable, disturbingly violent rages--along with crushing guilt about what they "did wrong." Medical experts haven't helped much: the flurry of acronyms and labels (Tourette's, ADHD, ADD, etc.) seems to proffer new discoveries about the causes of such explosions, when in fact the only new development isalternative vocabulary to describe the effects. Ross Greene, a pediatricpsychologist who also teaches at Harvard Medical School, makes a bold and humane attempt in this book to cut through the blather and speak directly to the (usually desperate) parents of explosive children. His text is long and serious, and has the advantage of covering an enormous amount of ground with nuance, detail, and sympathy, but also perhaps the disadvantage that only those parents who are not chronically tired and time-deprived are likely to get through the entire book. Quoted dialogue from actual sessions with parents and children is interspersed with analysis that is always oriented toward understanding the origins of "meltdowns" and developing workable strategies for avoidance. Although pharmacological treatment is not the book's focus, there is a chapter on drug therapies. --Richard Farr ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars At last, a book that actually helps--amazing!
    Parents of "explosive: children, you know who you are. This book can be a life-saver for you. If you have failed repeatedly with traditional advice-- "just set consistent limits;" "kids need occasional 'time outs;'""teach patience with consistent rewards and punishments;" "exert your natural authority for your child's good"--you'll find this book a real breath of fresh air. Dr. Greene explains why these approaches just infuriate and humiliate some kids (not to mention their harried parents). He explains why you can't train a kid like this to obey even the best advice blindly, and recommends relinquishing a bit of your (nonexistent) authority in favor of creating a relationship of two-way communication that allows your kid to stay calm and forge compromises. It isn't easy, and it isn't perfect, but--unlike reward-and-punishment, behaviorally-oriented approaches--it really does help.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Understand How it Feels to be your child!
    Excellent description of children (and adults) who are very inflexible, easily frustrated and very difficult to understand. As a teacher and parent of children diagnosed with ADHD and Sensory Integration Dysfunction, I was impressed by the way this book explains how it feels to be the child who is so difficult to manage. I have read many books on difficult children and this is the first one that finally forced me to realize how hard life is for the child and not just the parents or teachers of these kids. The book offers constructive approaches and, even more importantly, tells adults what NOT to do with these kids. Each school library should offer this book to teachers and parents. You won't be disappointed. You will find yourself looking more realistically and sensitively at your explosive child. You'll want to rush to school and start fresh right away!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
    This book has changed our lives! I have read it several times through, and given copies to all of my daughter's educators. I cried when I read the opening chapters - it described my life to a tee. But now, after using the methods discussed in the book for about a year, the difference in my daughter, my household and my sanity are remarkable. This methodology is phenomenal!

    5-0 out of 5 stars a book you'll want and need to pass on to others
    I've read this book at least 20 times and have purchased copies for teachers and other parents of difficult kids. Whenever I feel burned out with my wonderful but explosive child, this books helps me to pull myself back together and renews my hope and energy. The Collaborative Problem Solving technique works! What a relief after so many failures.

    Dr. Greene writes about these kids with affection and respect - and less face it, if your kid is explosive and inflexible, affection and respect from teachers, therapists, doctors, police, etc (maybe even from yourself) has been hard to come by. I can't begin to describe the relief and hope I felt when I finally saw a description of my child that FIT (!) and didn't blame either her or myself for being horribly inadequate people and causing the whole problem in the first place.

    If you parent or teach these kids - you need to read this book. Your outlook and actions will change and so will the child.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved our family
    Finally somebody who understands what we live with. After several years of professionals suggesting that we just needed another parenting class, we were ready to fall apart. "The Explosive Child" acknowledges that children like mine exist and that we have to understand why they are the way they are and how we can start to bring some sanity to our lives. For desperate parents, this book is like oxygen. It provides a great template for dealing with explosive children on a day to day basis. Dr. Greene's book gave me the courage to stop accepting answers that clearly weren't in our daughter's best interest. This gave me the understanding of how to start advocating for my child. If you find yourself thinking that 'something just isn't right with my child' and 'how can I live with this behavior forever' and 'we need help because nobody understands what we live with', then this book belongs in your hands today. I am not exagerating when I say this book saved our family. We actually have hope that we can raise our child to be a happy and self-sufficient person instead of ending up dead or in jail. ... Read more


    16. Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD
    by Daniel G. Amen
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    Using breakthrough diagnostic techniques, Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered that there are six distinct types of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), each requiring a different treatment. With recommendations for prescription drugs, nutraceutical therapy, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and more, this revolutionary approach can lead sufferers of ADD to a normal, fully-functional life. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars fascinating and validating
    Dr. Daniel Amen describes several sets of ADD symptoms, illustrating them with images of abnormal brain activity in those who suffer from the symptoms. While I'm not convinced that his six types are all really primarily ADD, or that they are the only types of ADD, still, this book provides fascinating insight into the physical basis for psychiatric difficulties. Dr. Amen's case studies are fascinating and quite compelling, and he shows both great tenderness for his clients and great insight into the needs and difficulties of people with ADD.

    This book is extremely valuable for debunking the myth that ADD is not a real disability. Dr. Amen's use of brain imaging technology demonstrates the ways that some people's brains work differently and ineffectively. It's not just laziness--when people with ADD try to concentrate, the part of our brain that controls concentration just shuts down. It's genuinely a physical disability. Although I can "feel" this, to see it verified in black-and-white was extremely validating.

    While Amen's treatments might be experimental, his diagnostic methods do not seem so. It is not "experimental" to use brain imaging technology to identify where the brain is working properly and not working enough. This has been done for many years. And it's not true that Amen's work is completely "out there"--his work was reviewed by research physicians in two departments (nuclear medicine and neurology, I think) at UCLA and found to be "good medicine" and worthwhile. Comparisons made in other reviews to procedures completely unsupported by any scientific evidence are really in themselves unsupportable.

    I am not a doctor and can't recommend whether the treatments outlined in this book should be implemented. I can say that people with ADD, and those around them who doubt the reality of their difficulties, will learn a lot from looking at the brain images in this book and understanding the connections between the brain's impaired functioning and the associated symptoms.

    Reading this book almost makes me feel that "normal" psychiatry is working in the dark without tools... Dr Amen might or might not have made as much progress in the field as this book appears to demonstrate, but nonetheless I think he must be on the right track. I wonder whether it will one day seem to us that trying to guess what's wrong with someone's brain without looking at it, is as strange as trying to diagnose strep throat over the phone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Some new light on ADD!
    At last! Some real guidance through the difficulties of identifying, let alone trying to correct ADD. I'm the director of a nutritional therapy clinic. We have sent several people with ADD (as well as with brain injury and stroke) to Dr. Amen's clinics. Until now, though, I never understood why his medication protocols typically worked so well. His book makes it clear, using fascinating "before and after" SPECT "photos" of the ADD brains treated, that there are several distinct kinds of ADD. It goes on to explain the special treatments suitable for each. Dr. Amen also devotes several chapters to some effective, non-drug options. Like his first great book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, this one is full of inspiring case histories, and is so readable that you can't put it down.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Questionable research, equivocation-from a reviewer with ADD
    This book was a big disappointment. Using brain scanning imagery AMEN has deduced that there are six types of ADD. I find his taxonomy very questionable, and while I don't object to anecdotal evidence to support medical views, Amen turns very slight differences in behavior into major types of diagnoses. The descriptions of the various types interweave to the point that the differences among them are very slight. Why six? Why not 60? Amen's selective perception seems to be pseudo-science reductionist claptrap to me. I have ADD, and as I studied the traits of each one of Amen's categories, it seemed that I was a likely candidate for five of the six. His suggestions regarding diet are laughable: he recommends a healthy well balanced diet as a component to "healing" ADD. Well, now isn't that the most innovative idea about improving one's health: a good diet?!?!?! Thanks to psychostimulants I have been able to completely change my life in ways that at one time would have seemed miraculous. At times, I still feel it is miraculous. But I would never say I am "healed." The term in the title seems to be more marketing ploy than accurate empirical statement. I do recommend the book SCATTERED by Gabor Mate, a physician with ADD. That book is far more informed, holistic, thoughtful, incisive. It is also very well written. The style and methodology of Amen's book makes the DSM-IV seem as though it were written by God him/herself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A gold mine of information
    This book is the most comprehensive source of information on ADD available.

    The basis of the treatment techniques, SPECT scans, is also revolutionary in its approach and nearly self-evident. This approach of examining both patients' histories and SPECT scans at the same time is obviously an effective means of targeting not only the specific type of ADD (Dr. Amen has categorized 6 types) but also recognizing other disorders that may cause confusion about the ultimate diagnosis.

    His work is the tip of the iceberg in diagnosing and finding successful treatments for ADD, anxiety, depression, violent behaivors, Alzeheimer's, obsessive disorders, manic disorders, head-injury related disorders, substance abuse disorders, dementia, and many other brain-related disorders.

    It is loaded with information. Many professionals would do well to not only ready but study the information.

    This book can be considered a companion to "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life."

    1-0 out of 5 stars I don't trust this guy
    I have no doubt that Dr. Amen has a lot of experience with SPECT scans, and ADD. I worry that his conclusions haven't been reproduced or confirmed indepedently outside his laboratory, which makes me highly skeptical of his results, and generalizations. Therefore, as the SPECT identifications are the selling point of his book, I can't recommend it.

    The title, should also give anyone who has studied ADD pause, as ADD isn't really something that can be "healed", although it can be substantially mitigated. It strikes me as very a "huckster" or "snake oil salesmen" kind of title.

    In a world with so many charlatans and unethical companies trying to fool people or exaggerate claims to make a buck, it is disturbing to see a medical doctor disregard the reproducibility demanded by the scientific method.

    The general advice given in the book is good, but by no means unique or exceptional, by comparison.

    I would recommend Driven to Distraction to those who are looking for more scientifically sound information and advice regarding ADD, and it's treatment. ... Read more


    17. Women With Attention Deficit Disorder: Embracing Disorganization at Home and in the Workplace
    by Sari Solden
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    Asin: 1887424059
    Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
    Publisher: Underwood Books
    Sales Rank: 3864
    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    Women with Attention Deficit Disorder addresses the millions of withdrawn little girls and chronically overwhelmed women with ADD who go undiagnosed because they don't fit the stereotypical notion of people with ADD. They are not fast-talking, hyperactive, non-attentive, and they are not male. Though the book focuses on ADD, much of what is said also applies to women with ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Introduction by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo, authors of You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Crazy or Stupid? Foreword by John J. Ratey, MD, co-author of Driven to Distraction. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL reading for ADD in women
    Women face an incredible wall of disbelief from professionals when it comes to the diagnosis of ADD. This book acknowledges the additional gender-based expectations women face, exacerbating our difficulties, when it is a struggle just to meet the basic demands of daily life. Clearly explains what ADD is and is not, helps sort through the tangle step by step. Undiagnosed ADD can have us running ourselves ragged with no explanation, no hope of an answer, and "no excuse" for our problems. This book sheds light in so many areas that will never apply to the lives of men in this society. For women coming to terms with ADD, this is a MUST READ. Brings to light our disjointed lives, striving hard to hide the depth of our incompetence, hiding the mess at home and at work, the frantic behind-the-scenes scramble to keep up with the demands of everyday life. Gives hope and courage in the face of professional ignorance and reluctance to believe women, especially WITHOUT hyperactivity. It felt like my life was spread out before me in the pages of this book. Clearly delineated a struggle I thought was mine alone. When your friends and your therapist are saying "Oh, EVERYONE thinks they are ADD", tune in to this book. Let it be your guide in the search for an answer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Book that Reassures and Guides
    I picked this book up while cruising the bookstore for books on ADD, which both my son and I have. When I started reading, I had to put it down and go get a pencil. I underlined everything that was me--the book ended up looking like a flat zebra. In spite of myself I tend to feel ashamed, as though I have bad character, so to have a book addressed specifically to how ADD would look in a woman was wonderful. It isn't just that many women experience it differently than men, but also that the kinds of situations we find ourselves in are different. (Housecleaning!!!!!Nurturing!!!) Only down side, only not really, was that I had my then fiance, a psychologist, read it. He gave it back and said grumpily "this says you have no intention of changing." He's history now and I'm married to a lovely man who is more disorganized than I am.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an ADDult
    I was soooooooooo relieved after i read this book,as I am not the hyper type(although I talk a lot-but I am not jumping around -fidgeting or worse daydreaming when I have to sit still)
    A lot of is highlighted in yellow and I lended it to the ADD psy(he heard about but did not have the opportunity to read,well this could have save both of us a lot of time,anyway...)
    It was like a thriller I spend 3 nights and days reading and reading.I highly recommend it along with "ADD in women" by nadeau,this one is more recent and quote a lot from it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Women Who Think They Might Have ADD!
    This book stilled so many fears and anxieties I've had for years because I had no idea what was wrong with me but knew it had to be something terrible! Now, after reading this very informative book, I feel enlightened about a woman's unique symptomology as compared to boys and men.....no wonder I never dreamed that I might have ADD!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is Me!
    I just got this book yesterday and I'm up to Chapter 6! I was just recently diagnosed with ADD and it seems every page of this book is describing some aspect of my life! I can't wait to read the next page, the next chapter, the next section. I'm hoping to also be able to help my teenage son who also has ADD. Thank you Sari for helping me know that I am definately not alone! ... Read more


    18. ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
    by Judith Kolberg, Kathleen Nadeau
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    Asin: 1583913580
    Catlog: Book (2002-08)
    Publisher: Brunner-Routledge
    Sales Rank: 1188
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars hooray for another great book with help of Kathleen Nadeau!!
    This book is a wonderful collection of sources, ideas, and strageties to work with ones ADD/ADHD rather than always working against it.
    It's an easy read, the pages and chapters are set up to make the reading easier for ADD'ers, but doesn't come across as being 'dumbed down' like some of the books can seem.

    Very logical, and life applicable techniques involving yourself, some one close to help you, a professional organizer etc, this book covers all the options and explains how to tell when which option is best for the situaiton.
    I highly recommend this book- it's a must have for people living with ADD, or people who love and would like to help out someone else who is dealing with ADD. Counselors, teachers, students, parents- all can benefit from the ideas in this book either to help themselves or those that they work with or love!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for ADDers with organizing issues
    It's about time a book specifically about ADD and organizing was written. This book was well worth the wait!

    I was pleasantly surprised that the size of the book is larger than many other ADD books and so is the Print itself.

    The set up of the book is VERY "ADD Friendly". Main ideas are bulleted and highlighted. There are also review sections at end of each chapter. There are some very useful charts and even some a few pictures of specific organizing tools.

    The ideas and suggestion given in this book may be be very helpful to people with ADD. There are some great suggestion that seem too easy to help but as somebody who has used many of them, they do help.

    5-0 out of 5 stars mitchielou
    Great Book!
    Finally, an organizing book that really works wonders. It has me motivated to move forward into my piles of paper and crammed closets. I have made more progress using these ideas than any from any other source. I can really relate to most of the situations discussed within this book. I would highly recommend this book. I originally bought it to help my son learn organizing, but I have greatly benefited also!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book for ADD disorginization!!
    I would recomend this book to anyone with ADD, after reading books and magezines trying to organize my life this one was the best ever! It is so easy to follow with ending notes after each chapter to remind you of the important points in that chapter. It gives diagrams, pictures, and illistrations, everything an ADDer needs in a good book. Every chapter was like looking into a mirror but ACTUALLY getting help from it! Not just another ADD book that tells you you need therepy and this is what is wrong with you, it explains why you do these things and then give simple suggestions that are easy to follow. I would recomend this to anyone who has organization problems even those who don't but have ADD. I am going to pass this through my whole family so maby it can help them too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You can be organized!
    Yes, finally a book that helped me keep up with things I need to do, places I needed to go, items to buy, etc. This book has ideas that work for people who aren't going to use a big notebook, or develop a love of paper work, or suddenly become single-minded about a task.
    Use of color, flexibility, and multiple ways of conquering disorganization are explained. Having a "support" person is a tremendous help I found personally, but I did get a good start on my own.
    This is the best book I've found on organization period! ... Read more


    19. Families, Professionals, and Exceptionality: Collaborating for Empowerment (4th Edition)
    by Ann Turnbull, H. Rutherford Turnbull
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    Asin: 0130163031
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 351970
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    20. YOU MEAN I'M NOT LAZY, STUPID OR CRAZY?!: A Self-help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
    by Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo
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    Asin: 0684815311
    Catlog: Book (1996-01-16)
    Publisher: Scribner
    Sales Rank: 2851
    Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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    Straightforward, practical advice for taking control of the symptoms, minimizing the disabilities, and maximizing the advantages of adult ADD.

    There is a great deal of literature about children with attention deficit disorder, ADD. But what do you do if you have ADD and aren't a child anymore? You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! focuses on the experiences of adults, offering accurate information, practical how-tos and moral support to help readers deal with ADD. It explains the diagnostic process that distinguishes ADD symptoms from normal lapses in memory, lack of concentration or impulsive behavior, and it addresses:

    * Achieving balance by analyzing one's strengths and weaknesses
    * Getting along in groups, at work and in intimate and family relationships -- including how to decrease discord and chaos
    * Learning the mechanics and methods for getting organized and improving memory
    * Seeking professional help, including therapy and medication

    Widely used by support groups around the country, You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! is the indispensable reference for anyone who faces the challenge of ADD on a daily basis. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Want to learn all about ADD - read this book!
    As an ADD coach and head of the American Coaching Association I heartily recommend reading this book. One of the primary missions of ADD coaching is to assist clients in learning all they can about their own ADD symptoms. Once they have accomplished this they can begin the process of using this knowledge to develop coping strategies and techniques to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. This book provides abundant information to help coaches and their clients on this journey. Hats off to Kelly and Ramundo!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Helpful Book on ADD I have ever read....!!!
    This book has really changed my life in so many ways. Having ADD as an adult is one thing....but being able to do something about it in a positive way is yet another challenge. This book enabled me to make some really fundamental changes in the way I operate to take advantage of the skills I have. It really helps in enabling you to rationalize your "lazy/crazy" behaviours by giving you a pseudo-scientific explanation for why you do the things you do. It does this by relating your actions to they way the brain works in an ADD vs. non-ADD person. Also, it relates brain functionality with day-to-day examples such as filing cabinets, etc... Best part of the book is that it doesn't give you specific answers, since there is a different solution for every individual. Rather, it arms you with the fundamental facts/issues/consequences so you can formulate something that works best for you. As a well-educated adult in a challenging profession, this book has helped me cope with my limitations due to ADD very effectively. I can't thank the authors enough...and that is why I am writing this review so that others may benefit.

    3-0 out of 5 stars my opinion
    the first one I read along with "driven by distraction".the fact that the authors have ADD too is kind of conforting.they tell about their long struggle to finding proper back up and treatment,It is written in a fun way with illustrations.After reading I finally took an appointment with a psy specialized an ADD ,just to be sure I was not self-diagnosing wrongly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank God--I thought it was just me!
    Finally, someone has written a book on this. For the longest I just thought I really had something mentally wrong with me, but after reading this, I don't feel like I'm the only one in the world that can't concentrate on things or that has trouble getting started. If only we (as a society) had known this stuff ten, twenty years ago when a lot of us were in school, we could have been saved a lot of heartache. And saved our parents and teachers a lot of suffering and frustration also. There are a few books out there now even on this and other types of "disorders." One that comes to mind is "The Curious Incident" which is told from the point of view of an autistic teenager. Another is "The Bark of the Dogwood" where the main character either suffers from DID, ADD, BPD, or Aspergers (or any combination thereof). But as far as self-helps, this one takes the cake. The good news is this: We now know what is "wrong" with us. The bad news? We now have to get others to believe it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow what a new leash on life!!!
    Oh my God what a book. I was shocked to learn that I have many abilites and not disabilites. I now have a positive outlook on ADD. This book has changed my life and I came back to Amazon to order 4 more for some of my freinds that struggle with ADD. I now can have my sons teachers read this and they will finnally understand my sons. I am so moved by this book and if you have ADD or know someone who does you should order this book today. I have read other ADD books but this is HANDS DOWN THE BEST EVER!!! ... Read more


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