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161. Helping Your Child With Ocd: A
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162. Scattered:How Attention Deficit
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161. Helping Your Child With Ocd: A Workbook for Parents of Children With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
by Lee, Ph.D. Fitzgibbons, Cherry Pedrick
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Asin: 1572243325
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Sales Rank: 191816
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Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder may need to engage in ritualistic behavior such as counting, checking, washing, hoarding, as a part of their daily routine. Left untreated, this problem can lead to debilitating stress and embarrassment during their school years and a lifetime of struggle with anxiety.

This book is a personalized guide for parents of a child with OCD. Understand the causes of the disorder and explore available treatments. Find out which techniques are most effective at controlling symptoms. This engaging workbook is full of assessments, fill-ins, and progress charts that encourage you to get involved and stay committed to your child’s recovery.

Lee Fitzgibbons, a psychologist specializing in the treatment of OCD in children and adolescents, and Cherry Pedrick, an OCD expert and coauthor of The OCD Workbook, offer parents personalized recommendations they can use to help their child with OCD. In this thorough, step-by-step guide parents learn how to: recognize their child’s specific OCD symptoms, understand causes of and treatment options for OCD, and teach their child the tools and techniques they need deal with their OCD behavior. ... Read more


162. Scattered:How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates And What You Can Do About It
by Gabor Mate
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Asin: 0452279631
Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
Publisher: Plume Books
Sales Rank: 86025
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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A groundbreaking book explains what really causes Attention Deficit Disorder.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Mate believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition. In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of ADD and its effect on children as well as on career and social paths in adults. While acknowledging that genetics may indeed play a part in predisposing a person toward ADD, Dr. Mate moves beyond that to focus on the things we can control: changes in environment, family dynamics, and parenting choices. He draws heavily on his own experience with the disorder, as both an ADD sufferer and the parent of three diagnosed children. Providing a thorough overview of ADD and its treatments, Scattered is essential and life-changing reading for the millions of ADD sufferers in North America today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, well researched book . Highly recommended.
Dr. Mate, who has ADD himself and who is the father of three children with ADD, provides information about brain development and theorizes that ADD results from problems in bonding that effect brain development. He discusses addiction as related to ADD and the lack of bonding. He provides a method of treatment that addresses the underlying dynamic rather than dealing more superficially. As someone with ADD myself, experience in working with autistic and learning disabled children, and a strong interest in curative emotional relationships, I have found this book incredibly insightful and useful. It is strongly recommended to professionals as well as clients and families. It is written with respect and compassion and refrains from blaming parents for their children's difficulties.

5-0 out of 5 stars Applauding Gabor Mate
I applaud Gabor Mate for the remarkable contribution he has made to the literature on Attention Deficit Disorder in his book Scattered. Due to both personal and professional interest, I have read and recommended many books and articles on this topic. I find that Scattered has become the first book I recommend to colleagues, clients and anyone interested in learning about, or ruling out ADD. Feedback is consistent with my own reaction--this is a comprehensive and insightful book--an easy, informative, valuable, read for professional and lay people. The role of biology/nature is described so well that the non-scientific reader gains a new level of understanding. When it comes to the role of nurture/environment--Mate truly shines-- capturing the experience of ADD with an insiders wisdom and a refreshing openess, bringing the reader understanding, comfort, hope and pathways to healing. The material on parenting (ADD and the child) is excellent---could be part of a parenting handbook. His writing on change and growth and his understanding of what causes adults to struggle have value across the board --whatever the issues are. One does not have to have, or work with ADD to enjoy and benefit from Scattered.

2-0 out of 5 stars One-Third Good, Two-Thirds Mumbo Jumbo
The first third of the book is very good at recognizing ADD as a legitimate problem. If you're ADD yourself, it is kind of seductive and makes you want to keep reading, and you feel as if some really good information is soon to follow. However, somewhere between 40 to 50 percent of the way through it starts to get pretty "out there" and repetitive in it's "out thereitiveness".

In a nutshell the author is trying to say that since the baby did not get as much attention as it needed (due to its predisposed sensitivity) from it's parents, it did not have time to develop it's prefontal cortex. But does the author really believe himself here? OK, it's a theory that sounds good to a naive individual...but is this doctor really convicted of what he is saying?

If a child was never taught to walk by their parents, they would eventually figure it out. There is no "One-foot in front of the other-deficit disorder". But there are people who are physically handicapped at birth. Trust me, my parents were fully there for me in every conceivable way during my childhood. But I still have ADD and do best when it is treated as a biological disorder.

I think the authors theory is about as sound as this one: "The socialistic medical system in Canada has flooded doctor offices with everyone that cuts their finger or has a bad case of the runs. Outside of a really good eye-surgeon in Windsor, this system has cranked out the quackiest of theories by their practitioners."

But we know that theory has no basis. Neither does much of this authors ADD theory.

5-0 out of 5 stars NOW YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE CAUSE OF ATTENTION DEFICIT DISOR
This phenomenal book, Scattered, by Dr. Gabor Mate, goes beyond causing us to totally rethink anything we thought we knew about Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Mate introduces us to an eye- opening concept that the cause of ADD is that children (he explains that it's due to what is called a lack of attunement between parent and child) are often not registering and processing the love of even the most caring parents. The author does a masterful job of explaining why this is so. Suddenly, one appreciates just how much knowledge and awareness must go in to the complex job of parenting. Dr. Mate truly has a gift for sharing this information in a way that will mesmerize readers of this inspiring book. After reading Scattered, many will no doubt come to the realization that they, or someone they love, may suffer from ADD or Adult ADD. I owe Dr. Mate a debt of gratitude for clarifying why so many people are experiencing such hurt and pain. Needless to say, I recommend this book as being crucially important for anyone who has reached a point of desperation in terms of understanding the cause of their emotional problems. This book should be mandatory reading for every teacher - for anyone who works with children. Thank you, Dr. Mate for your intuitive insights and this groundbreaking work that could change the world by impacting on all the generations to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still learning after all these years
I read this book when it first came out, I think my son was 5 at the time. I always kept the message, that the long term objective was not symptom control or even behavior control, but development. That is the book in a nutshell. Try to understand your child, and make his development as a human being the most important thing...it's extraordinarily hard and forces you to grow up as a parent and think of your child first. Common sense that is not so common. And it is NOT a quick solution. It was something my parents figured out a long time ago; when some of my friends wanted to run away because of mistreatment as teenagers, we always knew we had it too good. Understanding beats the hell out of beatings...

Be forwarned, don't read this book unless you really want to be there for your child...We all are guilty of being human and making millions of mistakes, and most kids are easy to raise in compared to the "sensitive" child. This book just asks you to be compassionate. It is so hard, but so rewarding.

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163. How to Avoid the Mommy Trap: A Roadmap for Sharing Parenting and Making It Work
by Julie Shields
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Asin: 1892123886
Catlog: Book (2002-08-14)
Publisher: Capital Books (VA)
Sales Rank: 480767
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Typically, when a woman gets pregnant, she considers whether to give up or cut back on her career, or surrender her child to daycare or a nanny.Now families have other alternatives.Fathers can stay home, work flexibly, go part-time, or help out so stay-at-home-mothers enjoy personal fulfillment too.Prepared women can choose the lives they want by following the common sense prescriptions in "How to Avoid the Mommy Trap."Julie Shields interviewed marital counselors, childcare workers, negotiation experts, employers, child development experts, and parents to find out how to create a family balance.How to Avoid the Mommy Trap emphasizes real-life solutions and strategies, and highlights common missteps.Weaving research and anecdote together, Julie Shields demonstrates the value and efficacy of a new parenting paradigm - sharing.This sensible primer is for every parent thinking about having children but wondering if and how to balance work, parenthood, and life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book
I read this book in one sitting, and when I was done I found myself going back through it again in order to digest it more completely.I really wish it had been available when I was just starting my family, but even though my kids are now older I don't feel it's too late.A wonderful resource for any two-parent household, full of practical advice and suggestions on how to improve the whole family's quality of life.Julie Shields cuts through to the heart of many emotional, complicated parenting issues and presents solutions from a fresh, logical perspective.This is not just another book telling women how to reduce stress in their lives by making time for relaxing baths.I highly recommend it to any parent, or anyone thinking of becoming one.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for all parents and potential parents!
This book is one of a kind.Whether you are parents already or just thinking about it, How to Avoid the Mommy Trap will help men and women alike think about parenting as a partnership as never done before.This book has been a lifesaving eye-opener for me and my marriage and I am sure I am not the only one out there for whom this is true.

Shields is an innovator.She has changed the paternity leave policies in the State Department.In the book, she gets readers to think about the importance of where your ideal partner stands on work and family issues before meeting him/her or where your current partner stands on such issues before making the making the final commitment.

I am a full-time stay at home mom and I love my job.It is the hardest yet most rewarding job I have ever had and I wouldn't trade it for anything.But I had begun to lose my identity in my mommyness and this book is a guide on how mothers can "let go" without guilt.Julie Shields is helping me get my sense of self back and she doesn't even know me!

Just read the Table of Contents and you'll be hooked too!

Amy Beal

5-0 out of 5 stars WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE WRITE THIS SOONER!!!
What a fantastic book-the author explains that there are hundreds of books on what color flowers go with what color wedding dress but almost none on how to pick a mate and discuss questions of child rearing long before the baby is born.She also explains how to help your mate change his (her) point of view about division of labor.
The book is well written and interesting; the research very detailed.The author presents many couples who have designed manners of living that avoid the pitfalls of being wife, mother, career woman and doing it all badly.
There is a long section on the frightening results of studies on substitute care and an enlightening one on how other countries have far mnore advanced solutions to the working parent.
This is a must for all women who are planning to get married and have children or have children and are unhappy with their lives.Men either love it or hate it but I haven't met a women yet who doesn't find more in this book that is very helpful.
A must read!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Do Yourselves A Favor And Read This Book
I am a working mom and I found so much truth, as well as so many good suggestions, which are really practical, in this book.Julie Shields describes a common problem (without wasting too much time on the problem before getting to the answer) and shows that the word "mother" doesn't have to mean martyr, and how to actually do that kind of sharing parenting that many of us idealize.Without judgment, she explains how women make choices which then lock them into being the Super Parent, and also how we sometimes prevent men from getting involved.

If you're a mom and feel like your husband does more than you would like, and especially if you think your experience will be different when you have children, or you haven't even gotten married yet, you will find useful advice and strategy so that you can create the life you want.It really made me think about what I was doing and we have made better changes in our family already.The concept of BATNA is really powerful, and I can attest to that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Moms and couples!
One of the most difficult decisions for women is to decide what to do about work when they become pregnant.This is the perfect book to help you decide.Julie Shields, the author, lays out your options for you, and she gives lots of unique solutions that I have never thought of before.

This book is good for both men and women.I decided to buy the book after I saw Julie Shields discuss how to juggle childcare and work in today's recession on MSNBC.I highly recommend this wonderful book. ... Read more


164. You, Your Relationship & Your Add: A Workbook
by Michael T. Bell
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Asin: 157224299X
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Sales Rank: 209038
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Relationships are difficult enough; adding Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) to the mix can increase the problems exponentially. However, according to therapist Michael Bell, who has ADD himself, it’s possible to have a satisfying relationship despite this condition. You, Your Relationship, and Your ADD brings together an array of cognitive-behavioral and solutions-based techniques to teach ADD sufferers how to stop avoiding the problems that sabotage their relationships, face the intimacy issues that frustrate their partners, and begin building a lasting relationship. Simple exercises and straightforward language keep the reader involved and motivated. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for those married with ADD
This is an excellent resource for helping married couples gain a new perspective of how ADD affects their relationship. Going through the workbook was like going through the story of my life. I could identify with how my ADD had unknowingly deteriorated my nine-year marriage to the point of separation. The author has ADD himself and offers very helpful and sound advice in an ADD-friendly format. I could relate to just about every situation that is encountered in a relationship and take action. This workbook has been indispensable in helping repair my relationship. This is a must-have book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
This a great resource for couples who are dealing with AD/HD. The book is full of great tools and exercises to help both the ADD and non-ADD partners in many areas of their realationship. The book is also very "ADD Friendly".

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for couples-------
Michael Bell has written a much needed resource and workbook for couples struggling with the difficulties of attention deficit spectrum disorders. This workbook is full of helpful strategies that will enable intimate partners understand and negotiate the confusion of ADD---- highly recommended--

William F. Wilson, Licensed Professional Counselor/Psychotherapist

5-0 out of 5 stars A very useful book for professionals and consumers!
Michael Bell's book, "You, Your Relationship & Your ADD" is a very well-written workbook that mental health professionals will find to be a useful adjunct to treatment of persons with ADD. In this era of managed care, it is critical to assign homework outside the therapy session in order to gain the most benefit from treatment. This workbook will provide the structure necessary to enhance couple's therapy or for spouses with ADD who are in individual therapy who are interested in focusing on relationship issues. This book will aid couple's in treatment to identify issues in their relationship, prioritize them, and to address these issues in a direct manner to prevent further harm in their marriage as a result of symptoms of ADD. The many exercises that are included in this book permits couples to tackle their joint concerns in a planful, systematic manner, which should prevent them from the common problem involved in undertaking multiple relationship issues simultaneously.
I highly recommend this book to couples who are willing to take a serious look at their behavioral patterns and to develop a plan of corrective action! ... Read more


165. No More ADHD
by Mary Ann, Dr Block, Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Asin: 0966554531
Catlog: Book (2001-05-11)
Publisher: Block Books
Sales Rank: 50429
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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In her new book, No More ADHD, 10 Steps To Help Improve Your Child`s Attention and Behavior WITHOUT Drugs, Dr. Mary Ann Block, top-selling author of the groundbreaking book, No More Ritalin, reveals the truth about the ADHD diagnosis and helps parents, step by step identify and improve their child`s true health and learning problems. Dr. Block takes the reader on a shocking journey behind the scenes of the medical profession to expose the origin of the ADHD label and explains how children’s attention and behavior symptoms can be the result of real and explainable health and learning problems.

While others are debating the pros and cons of the psychiatric drugging of children, Dr. Block has spent her medical career working in the trenches, helping to get children off these drugs and to keep them off. A mother who knows all too well how the medical system can fail a child, Dr. Block was compelled to go to medical school at the age of 39 to save her daughter after doctors made her child seriously ill with a wrong diagnosis and inappropriate use of drugs. Today she brings to her patients the understanding and knowledge of a physician and the sensitivity and respect of a parent. What Dr. Block learned as a mother and a physician is in this book and may help bring hope and comfort to other parents.

With the facts in hand and an understanding of the issues, this book may help to guide parents, step by step, to identify and improve their child’s health and learning problems and to a future with No More ADHD. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Informational. A Must Read!!!
Finally, a book that not only makes sense but gives practical suggestions to help our children. The book, No More ADHD, is bigger and better and with much more information than Dr. Block's first book, No More Ritalin. No More ADHD examines the ADHD diagnosis and rips it to shreds with facts from the FDA, DEA and other sources. But most importantly, the author takes an unflinching look at the all too real and frightening dangers of the drugs that doctors give children who are labeled ADHD. The psychotic and cardiac symptoms alone should send up big red flags! But the book has answers. Dr. Block explains the real causes of attention and behavior problems and what parents can do to fix them. Before you and your child get caught up in the ADHD frenzy, you have to read this book. Your child is depending on you.

5-0 out of 5 stars No More ADHD - Two Thumbs Way UP!
As a Youth Specialist I have read many many books on ADD/ADHD. Dr. Mary Ann Blocks book, No More ADHD is by far my favorite. Dr. Block provides great insight into ADD/ADHD and her 10 steps are easy to follow. I have recommended "No More ADHD" to thousands of parents who are looking for Real Solutions.

Is your child (1) very bright, (2) Athlectic, (3) Artistic or (4) a born leader? If so, I strongly suggest you read Dr. Block's book today.

Do you feel your child has a "Mental Disorder"? If your answer is "No" read Dr. Block's book "No More ADHD" today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid overview of the ADHD label & practical holistic help
Dr. Block has put together an insightful analysis of the roots of the epidemic of ADD/ADHD labeling, while offering proven effective interventions for people seeking to address the causes that produce the symptoms associated with those labels. There are many physical, emotional, and environmental factors that contribute to inattentiveness and hyperactivity. Common discipline methods and drug treatments often aggravate these underlying imbalances and stressors, even if they temporarily create conforming/compliant behavior. While this book has improved on the scope of the author's previous book "No More Ritalin," I'd like to see a further expansion toward examining emotional and subtle energy factors that relate to ADD/ADHD symptoms, as these interact with biochemical/environmental factors addressed in the present book. Unfortunately, there are many parents and caretakers who are unwilling to make changes in their current habits of feeding, nurturing, and disciplining children. The more healthy options that can be presented, the better, since this increases the chances that parents and educators will try some beneficial approach. Dr. Block has done a solid job of exposing the fallacies and negligence of the established medical paradigm surrounding the ADD/ADHD issue.

3-0 out of 5 stars Controveral Subject
This subject is very controveral and Dr. Block offers an excellent argument AGAINST ADHD's existence. I found it difficult to maintain interest in the book, to realistically adopt her recomendations and have not completed it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lacking in substance
There is nothing new in this book that other books have. I need strategies to help my child be a productive citizen, not feel guilty that he has a disability. ... Read more


166. Reflections from a Different Journey : What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew
by StanleyKlein, JohnKemp, Stanley Klein, John Kemp
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Asin: 0071422692
Catlog: Book (2004-03-12)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 102452
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Offers parents of children with disabilities inspiration and advice from those who've been there

Reflections from a Different Journey presents 40 stories by successful adults who grew up with disabilities. They provide insights into what it is like to persevere in the face of community prejudices, and what it takes for families and children with disabilities to work together toward fulfillment.

While there are many books for parents on raising a child with a disability, this is the first to help them learn from people with disabilities, and to help children face the unique challenges and rewards of growing up with a disability. Reflections from a Different Journey will also encourage and inspire older children and adults with disabilities, other family members, and education and health care professionals who serve these families.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hope for the future
I originally read Dr. Kline's inspirational book, You Will Dream New Dreams in 2001. It was wonderful to read about other parent's experiences and feel that you were not alone. Reflections, goes one step further and allows parents to actually go into the future to read about accomplished adults with disabilities who were willing to share their experiences, both good and bad. I couldn't put it down and wanted to meet each and every one of the essay authors.

Shortly after finishing the book, I got my wish and met Darren Cecil. His essay immediately made a difference in my decision to enroll our son in t-ball, something he showed an interest in, but I didn't think he was ready for. Mr. Cecil, born with his left arm missing below the elbow, successfully talked a coach into letting him play on the high school basketball team on a trial basis, after originally being turned down because he couldn't dribble with his left hand. He did this without his mother's knowledge because he had been taught to stick up for himself. Mr. Cecil ended up being the second highest scorer and went on to play in college, became a successful business owner, husband and father of three children.

"Perhaps if the mother had known then of her son's life purpose, she would have felt a deeper peace. The ties that bind and being able to tie one's life together are far more important than shoe ties that keep a child from tripping. Her boy may have fallen, but he always landed on his feet. If his mother had only known...."

This was just a small excerpt of the many essays that will warm your heart, give you hope for the future, help you make some important changes, and feel good about things you are already doing.

Leslie Fauquet M.A. CCC SLP
Parent and Professional
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167. Your Premature Baby and Child: Helpful Answers and Advice for Parents
by Amy E. Tracy, Jessie Groothuis
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Asin: 042516506X
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 49644
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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The only comprehensive guide for the parents of "preemies"-from homecoming to the school years.Every day new progress is being made in the care of babies born prematurely, helping them grow up as strong and healthier than ever imagined. But raising "preemies" often places special demands on parents whose little ones seem-especially in those early weeks and months-as fragile as they are precious.This illustrated guide, written by mothers of preemies and medical experts, can help. With guidance on such wide ranging topics as bringing the baby home to medical issues to doctor visits to starting school-plus tips on dealing with the emotional and family stress of parenting a preemie-this book provides the answers needed to optimize that special baby's development.
--Written by a team with both personal and professional experience relating to this topic
--Addresses the physical and emotional challenges from the child's, parent's and extended families' viewpoints
--Includes illustrations
--Unlike other books, this unique, comprehensive, and empowering handbook provides detailed information on a wide range of topics for "preemie parents" after the NICU.
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5-0 out of 5 stars This was my bible
This was the best book I have seen for premature babies. When our twin boys were born at 29 weeks, the hospital gave us a book that we could refer to. Everytime you would look at the book it scared you to death. I found this book and I kept it with me at all times. When ever anything came up I would refer to it. The book is very realistic but also very positive. I still refer to it even though our boys are 2. The book is very helpful. I would recomend this book to everyone. It really helped us out through this difficult time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, accessible and indispensable resource!
Your Premature Baby and Child provides parents of premature children with much-needed information--and, equally important, it does so in a welcoming and accessible way. The language is straightforward, descriptions of medical and other issues are concise and to the point, and sidebars, bullets, checklists, testimony from other preemie parents, and other features make the book inviting for browsing, fact-finding, and more. As a preemie parent myself, I hope doctors and nurses recommend this great resource to everyone confronting the prospect of becoming a Mom or Dad to a premature child. Not only does it help explain the NICU experience, but it devotes considerable attention to providing the information parents need once their children come home. -- William H. Woodwell, Jr., author, Coming to Term: A Father's Story of Birth, Loss, and Survival (University Press of Mississippi, 2001).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for parents!!!!
I purchased this book after the premature birth of our son. He was considered a "micro preemie" being born at 1 lb 14 oz. We were told in the NICU that many preemies have challenges that were unlike "typical" children, and we thought it would be helpful to refer to this book and to educate ourselves so that we could help identify problems that many pediatricians overlook in preemies.

This book is an absolute must-have for any parent of a preemie. I know that weight is always a concern, and the book included boy and girl weight charts and seperated it even further to their birth weight (born less than/greater than 1500 grams.) We still use the weight chart today (our son is 2 1/2 years old)
and it can be used up to age 3.

5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive resource for parents of preemies
Nothing can prepare you for the experience of having a premature baby. Often, once home with baby, parents are confronted with a child who is obviously different from the typical infant. Finding information and support is difficult, because of the very isolating nature of the experience- a tiny, often ill baby isn't able to cope with being carried to environments where parents could find support. In addition, outcomes are difficult to predict and preemies' issues can be as diverse as their personalities. Fortunately, Amy Tracy and Dianne Maroney's Your Premature Baby and Child provides insight and information in a practical guide that should reside on every preemie parent's bookshelf. Each chapter offers honest assurances about the emotional aspects of caring for a preemie, as well as accurate and detailed information about everything ranging from the homecoming experience, medical concerns, development and early intervention all the way through to beginning school. The epilogue is especially helpful; it validates the emotional effects of prematurity and offers insights from other parents, whose hope and understanding encourage those new to the roller coaster of prematurity. This book is one of the best resources written yet for parents of children born prematurely.

3-0 out of 5 stars Better books out there
I did not use this book much at all. I thought books by Joseph A. Garcia-Prats and Dana Wechsler Linden were much more helpful. ... Read more


168. Take the Fight Out of Food : How to Prevent and Solve Your Child's Eating Problems
by Donna Fish
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Asin: 0743477790
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Atria
Sales Rank: 201462
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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All foods are good. That is the message of this commonsense book that helps parents speak to their kids about food and nutrition. It is a message that is long overdue, especially when you consider that 81 percent of ten-year-olds are afraid of being fat -- half are already dieting -- and twelve million American children are obese. There is a disease gripping our nation's children and it strikes early. Take the Fight Out of Food offers a cure.

This practical guide is filled with hands-on tools and in-depth advice for putting a stop to unhealthy eating habits before they begin. In Take the Fight Out of Food parents will learn how to:

• Understand their own "food legacy" and how it affects their children

• Keep their children connected to food in a positive way

• Talk to their kids about food and nutrition

• Recognize and deal with the six types of eaters --

including the Picky Eater, the Grazer, and the Beige Food Eater

With guidance, inspiration, and encouragement, this invaluable book helps parents to teach their children to eat for life in a positive and healthy family environment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Saved me and my child!
"I was constantly running after my 2 year old with food; that's how worried I was that he was too thin.Even though my doctor said not to worry, I always left the office wondering what to do, and how to stop worrying; this book saved me from becoming a nervous wreck and from creating more problems!"

5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my life!
I was being driven nuts by all my kids' different demands for meals!This book helped me figure out how to deal with all of their differences, and to stop fighting about it with my husband!Excellent guide !

5-0 out of 5 stars Best parenting book I have read yet!
This book helped me deal with my picky eater and my 7 y/o who can't stop eating!But best of all, they are making good decisions about food and we never fight!This book is fun to read and has great exercises to use! ... Read more


169. Murphy's Boy
by Torey Hayden
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The dramatic and moving true story of a fifteen-year-old boy who refused to speak-- until the miracle of love penetrated his miserable silence. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A tremendously touching story of a teacher's love.
This is the fourth book I have purchased and read by Torey Hayden and each has been a touching, poignant account of Torey's experiences with abused, neglected and handicapped children who, because of Torey's love and perserverance, broke free. Murphy's Boy was my favorite. You will laugh, cry and get angry at the injustices this child has suffered but manages to overcome because of Torey's committment to him. I can't read more than two of her stories at a time because they are so emotionally draining. Yet, I have enjoyed each and I highly recommend them to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Torey Hayden Does it Again!
Torey draws you into the lives of two main characters and makes you feel a part of her own as well. I couldn't put this one down. Murphy's Boy was as suspensful as it was endearing and emotional and humorous. I've never been so moved by such a book. Way to go Torey, I can't wait to read another of hers!

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
"If that wasn't the portrait of a loser, I didn't know what would be" (17). This statement comes at the end of a twenty-nine line paragraph describing Kevin Richter's case history. After just hearing Hayden outline the difficulties this boy has been through, I was a little angry at this sentence. After reading all of Dave Pelzer's books as well as many of Beatrice Spark's, her choice of words seems inappropriate. Although the entire book does not contain this negativity, I couldn't forget it as I turned each page. Borrow this one from the library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Murphy's Boy was the first Torey Hayden book that I read. I finished it in less than three days. Murphy's Boy is excellent, good as gold. I read Murphy's Boy from the perspective of a clinician, a person just starting out with their career, and a reader of non-fiction. The book was extremely interesting to me as a "young" social worker. I could feel Torey's successes and failures. The highs and lows. Her relationhip with Kevin was intensely real. I plan on rereading Murphy's Boy numerous times. Each time I find something new that I didn't get the first time. Muphy's Boy is a great book to read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time
I was utterly disappointed in this book. Ms. Hayden's approach, if in fact she has one, was hopelessly devoid of any theoretical backing. She simply misses the boat on many crucial issues. Furthermore, her character development is completely lacking, and we spend 1/2 of the time hearing about her relationship with her "little sister" rather than exploring Kevin's history. At the end of the book, I was almost as unknowledgeable about why Kevin hadn't talked for so many years as I was when I started the book. While I am not completely discrediting the work that Ms. Hayden does, I found her book very frustrating. There are much better books that explain child abuse and what the victim is experiencing than this one. ... Read more


170. Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Diagnosis, Options, and Answers
by Mitzi Waltz
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Pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) include autism and a range of other neurological disorders. While at least 250,000 Americans have been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, one-third of whom are children, twice as many may remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Parents of a young child with undiagnosed PDD may suspect any number of things, from autism to severe allergies. Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Diagnosis, Options, and Answers is for parents (or newly diagnosed adults) who struggle with this neurological condition. Medications, therapies, and educational techniques can address symptoms and improve the lives of people with PDD. In some cases, the results can be spectacular. Weaving in a range of stories from parents who are raising children with PDDs, author Mitzi Waltz covers topics such as:

• Getting a diagnosis, including preparing for a diagnostic interview in a medical, psychiatric, or school setting, with descriptions of all diagnostic tests and checklists/questions used by professionals
•Treatment options such as: medications and supplements; sensory integration; occupational, physical, and speech therapy; behavior modification; "floor time" play and talk therapy; and parenting techniques
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you're at your wits end this book is for YOU
I spent the better part of a year looking for the information that was right here in this book. Mitzi Waltz is not only an author but someone who understands what parents are going through from personal experience. If doctor's are telling you you're overreacting, or worse yet nothing is wrong...do NOT be deterred! While long this book is WELL worth the read. Your only problem may be the night of sleep you lose because you can't put it down. ... Read more


171. Give Your Add Teen a Chance: A Guide for Parents of Teenagers With Attention Deficit Disorder
by Lynn Weiss, Lynn, Phd Weiss
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PRACTICAL HELP FOR PARENTS OF ADD TEENS.

Parenting teenagers is never easy-especially if your teen suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).ADD adds complications and challenges to adolescence that parents must understand in order to help their teens succeed in high school and into adulthood.

Give Your ADD Teen a Chance provides parents with expert help by showing them how to determine which issues are caused by "normal" teenage development, and which are caused by ADD.It also looks specifically at the academic challenges ADD teens face, offering tips for academic success.Finally, the book enables parents to look objectively at their ADD teen, giving guidelines for discipline, guidance, and responsibility.

"This book is especially valuable because very little help has been available for parents of teens with ADD.Dr. Weiss' information and presentations are practical and easy to read.Frustrated parents and their equally frustrated ADD teens have been waiting for this book!"-Angie Rose, Ph.D.

"Dr. Lynn Weiss empowers us to listen to the cries of fear, frustration, and failure that today's teens and parents experience in their trek to understand and work through ADD.Lynn's ability to share her own experiences with ADD invites her readers to believe and trust their observations and intuition while honoring the needs of the growing adolescent with ADD.Because of one woman's courage to speak, parents and teachers will gain understanding and acceptance of a 'problem' society has hidden."-Margaret Arnett, M.Ed., program coordinator for the Colorado Corrections Alternative Program, Colorado Department of Corrections

"This excellent book, written for parents with ADD adolescents, offers warmth, insight, information, and strategies on how to understand, approach, and support their children.Dr. Weiss examines the variables that intensify the complexity of development for these teens transitioning into adulthood.Most important, she offers hope and guidance to parents who are faced with the task of raising an ADD teen in an ever-changing society."-Charles J. Karulak, Ed.D., headmaster, The Winston School, San Antonio ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to parenting an ADD teen.
Recently two of my four children were diagnosed with ADD. I began reading everything I could on the subject. Often the information was confusing, or presented in such a technical way as to be of little help. Giving Your ADD Teen a Chance is presented clearly and with great warmth. I felt good about my children's life. Ms. Weiss gives helpful, relevant advice, loaded with common sense. I have recommended this book to anyone I can find, including several mental health professionals. If your child is diagnosed with ADD, whether or not they have reached their teenage years, this is a MUST read. ... Read more


172. Managing Attention and Learning Disorders in Late Adolescence and Adulthood: A Guide for Practitioners
by SamGoldstein
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Until recently, scant consideration was given to the impact of learning and attention disorders throughout the lifespan. Fortunately, the rising tide of popular concern, coupled with recent federal regulations regarding disabled adults, has fueled new research into these areas. As a consequence, there is now little doubt that LD and ADHD often persist throughout a person's life and can pose serious personal, social, vocational, and emotional impediments. It is also clear that many of the concepts and strategies used in assessing and treating children with these problems do not apply to adults.

Written by one of North America's leading authorities in the field of attention and learning disorders, this book provides researchers and practitioners with the first comprehensive review of the impact of attention and learning disorders on adults. Just as important, it arms them with practical guidelines for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of these disorders.

In Part I, Dr. Goldstein explores the relationship between LD, ADHD, and various psychiatric disorders and traces their course and outcome in late adolescence. He compares and contrasts leading theories and conceptual models of LD and ADHD and reviews the research concerning the academic, vocational, personal, and psychiatric status of adults with histories of LD and ADHD. He then introduces a multidisciplinary model for evaluating the academic, psychological, neuropsychological, and emotional status of adults with histories of learning disabilities.

In Part II, Dr. Goldstein and other well-known authors critically assess current treatment and support strategies. Among topics covered in-depth are medical and nonmedical interventions, the latest drug therapies, contemporary vocational programs for individuals with histories of attention and learning disorders, college programs and services available to attention and learning disabled adults, and the legal rights of attention and learning disabled adults.

Managing Attention and Learning Disorders in Late Adolescence and Adulthood is a valuable resource for clinical psychologists, counselors, social workers, and all other mental health professionals.

Praise for other works by Sam Goldstein . . .Understanding and Managing Children's Classroom Behavior: A Biopsychological Approach

". . . it will make a contribution to the fields of education and mental health and to our understanding of children with special needs." —Robert Brooks, PhD, Director Department of Psychology, McClean Hospital

Managing Attention Disorders in Children: A Guide for Practitioners

". . . a well-written, extremely readable addition to the literature on ADHD." —Journal of Clinical Psychology

Hyperactivity:Why Won't My Child Pay Attention?: A Complete Guide to ADD for Parents, Teachers, and Community Agencies

"An excellent resource for parents who want to know about the basics of ADD . . . practical information presented in a straightforward manner." —Harvey Parker, PhD Executive Director and Cofounder, CHADD

"I was impressed with the very optimistic tone of the book, which reframed ADHD as 'risk-taking' . . . As a clinician intimately involved in the day-to-day treatment of ADHD children and their families, I know how helpful it will be to so many people involved with ADHD children . . ." —Barbara Ingersoll, PhD Clinical Director, Montgomery Child and Family Health Services ... Read more


173. Children With Tourette Syndrome: A Parent's Guide (Special Needs Collection)
by Tracy Haerle
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A friendly and informative handbook for parents of children and teenagers with Tourette syndrome, an often misunderstood neurological disorder.Written by a team of professionals and parents, the book covers medical, educational, legal, family life, daily care, and emotional issues, as well as explanations of related conditions. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Jam Packed Guide for Parents and Professionals
This is a compact little guide is packed with useful information both for parents and professionals. It is not cluttered with long narratives of people's "personal stories". While there is definitely a place for that approach, I needed a quick primer that would easily acquaint me with the full range of difficulties faced by a child with Tourette Syndrome as well as those faced by her parents. As a clinican, I needed to arm myself in a hurry with an understanding of the essential issues relevant to this population in order to manage a school crisis. It gave me everything I needed to effectively advocate for my young client and her parents.

It is a quick read, informative and clear. The book humanizes TS and provides basic information about etiology, development, and treatment, medication, symptom management, and guidlines on how to interact with school staff. Suggestions for designing an effective educational plans,advocacy strategies, and a basic description of legal rights are also included.

I recommend this book without hesitation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative, enormously helpful, with great advice
My 8-year-old son has ADHD, OCD and tic disorders (though not full-blown Tourette Syndrome). This book was an enormous help for me in understanding the tic disorder and also the ADHD and OCD which often co-occur with TS and tic disorders. It is written in a very easy to read, friendly, compassionate way. There is a lot of clear advice here. TS is complex and often misunderstood. The book helps you cope with and understand many of the related problems. It teaches acceptance, dealing with friends, relatives, schools, etc. It is a very thorough book. After reading it, I felt less helpless and more empowered to deal with these issues. The book talks about the importance of acknowledging your child's frustrations and feelings, which will help him to learn to share them more directly with you. For example, saying, "I know you're trying really hard, and it's frustrating when the other students can't seem to understand that you can't stop doing certain things." This book helps you to also empower your child, and to embrace what is special about him. It says, "If you believe in your child as an individual whose Tourette syndrome is only one aspect of her total being, your child will also be more likely to see herself as someone with abilities, rather than disabilities." I strongly recommend this book. It will help.

4-0 out of 5 stars VERY INFORMATIVE
BEFORE I READ HIS BOOK I NEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS SYNDROME. THIS BOOK HELP ME UNDERSTAND.ALL THOUGH I HAVE NNO REALTION TO TOUREETES I STILL ENJOYED IT.

4-0 out of 5 stars An very good intro for parents of TS kids
A compilation of articles by parents, doctors and educators, this book is a solid introduction for families who have one or more children with Tourettes Syndrome. At the end of each chapter is a collection of comments by parents on how they have learned to cope with TS, and their disappointments and triumphs ... Read more


174. Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder: Innovative parenting and counseling techniques for helping children with bipolar disorder and the conditions that may occur with it
by George T. Lynn
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Up until five years ago, the professional community did not think that Bipolar Disorder occurred in children. Children with symptoms of Bipolar Disorder were diagnosed as 'severe ADHD', 'depressed' or 'Oppositional Defiant'. Now, as it is being increasingly diagnosed, George Lynn offers clear, practical advice on recognizing the symptoms, understanding medication and accessing the necessary support at school as well as the managing the day-to-day challenges of parenting a child with Bipolar Disorder. As it is frequently found in combination with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome and Asperger's Syndrome, the author draws on case-studies from his own psychotherapeutic practice to show what these conditions have in common, how they differ, and how they relate to each other.

Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder tackles the most difficult decisions parents can face, including whether to involve police or consider hospitalization if their children are a danger to themselves and their families. At the same time, it emphasizes the positive qualities these children often have and illustrates how their gifts and abilities can build their self-esteem and help them function better in society. However severe the child's symptoms, George Lynn's book will provide guidance, support and inspiration for parents and carers as well as being a useful resource for professionals working with the families who suffer as a result of this disorder. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One Helpful Resource
This book provides a lot of helpful information for parents of Bipolar Children. I recommend it, along with another new book, "If Your Child is Bipolar." Both books provide a lot of information to help parents deal with the various aspects of parenting a Bipolar child, which involves a lot more than avoiding suicide or giving medication.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great resource
This book address a variety of topics that parents of Bipolar children need to understand, including a lot of information on other conditions that often occur with Bipolar disorder. The more helpful resources for parents the better. This is a great book to have on your bookshelf. Sheryl Gurrentz, author of "If Your Child is Bipolar."

5-0 out of 5 stars Survival Strategies for Parenting a Bipolar Child
This book is a must for any parent who has a child with Bipolar Disorder. After my son was diagnosed I have read wverything I can find on Early Onset Bipolar Disorder. There is not much out there but this is one of the best. Mr Lynn covers each topic in a straight forward manner and in an easy to read and apply manner. If any one you know has Early Onset Bipolar Disorder or Bipolar in general this book is a must!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 Stars
Early in the book, Mr. Lynn describes several archetypes (e.g., the Hermit, the Shaman, the Explorer, the Scout) and draws parallels between these archetypes and different mental disorders. I have always found archetypes interesting, but the parallels he draws seem stretched too far. The author also renames several mental disorders. Based on research he cites, he renames Cyclothymia as Bipolar III (this one makes sense to me, although Cyclothymia is less intense than other Bipolar disorders, even as Dysthymia is less intense than Major Depression. Mania resulting from a reaction to psychotropic medication gets labeled Bipolar IV; I'm not sure of the value of this renaming. Major Depression, Recurrent, gets renamed as Bipolar V, and Manic Disorder gets renamed Bipolar VI. I corresponded with the author over this renaming issue, and he based his renaming on research on mood disorders that shows that few, if any, major mood disorders, over the person's lifetime, are actually unipolar. Thus, a person with Major Depression, Recurrent, is likely to eventually have one or more manic or hypomanic episodes. I am not sure about that, as I think there are depressed people who never experience mania. Early in the book, the author distinguishes conduct problems resulting from mood disorders, from conduct problems more appropriately classified as symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder. During this discussion, he uses the following terms interchangeably: psychopathic, psychotic, and psychopathological. I corresponded with the author, and he acknowledged the error in this, and indicated that the error was corrected in a reprinting about to be released.

Throughout the book, the author strives to be "politically correct" in identifying describing people with different diagnoses. This is done, in my opinion, to an extreme, that lends a forced, awkward, and artificial tone to the discussion.

The book, except for the flaws mentioned above, is well-written. It includes several extended case examples to clarify diagnostic issues and treatment approaches. Mr. Lynn gives many lists of concrete steps that parents and clinicians can use with clients, as well as differential diagnosis lists (e.g., two contrasting lists of traits, to distinguish between "meltdown" in Oppositional Defiant Disorder and rage in Bipolar Disorder). He talks readily about the duality of treating clients for major mental illness while holding them accountable for their behavior.

Another strength is that the book does not address Bipolar Disorder in isolation. Mr. Lynn describes Bipolar Disorder by itself, Asperger's Syndrome by itself, and Tourette Syndrome by itself, and then gives descriptions of the combinations Bipolar-Asperger's and Bipolar-Tourette. The description of the Bipolar-Tourette combination clarified, for me, one of my former clients perfectly. The author readily cites research to back up his claims, and many of his descriptions of disorders reflect a blend of psychology and neurology. An example is his description of bipolar rage, wherein the frontal lobes of the brain are overloaded, shut down, and almost cease to function, allowing the lower (limbic) brain to take over, resulting in highly regressive and aggressive behavior. This is very similar to a complex seizure.

Overall, the book is excellent and useful, once you get past a few early flaws.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent childhood bipolar resource
This is an excellent book about childhood bipolar disorder, filled with information and advice that will be helpful to parents, teachers, and other caretakers of bipolar children. It ranks up there with "The Bipolar Child" and "The Life of a Bipolar Child" as one of the most useful and comprehensive books about the disorder. The quality of writing is pretty high, it's pretty well organized, and the author seems to know what he's talking about. I like to receive information on a complex subject such as childhood bipolar disorder from a variety of sources, and this book, along with the other two I mentioned, would be a good place to start. Avery Z. Conner, author of "Fevers of the Mind". ... Read more


175. From Chaos to Calm: Effective Parenting for Challenging Children With Adhd and Other Behavioral Problems
by Janet E. Heininger Ph.D., Sharon K. Weiss
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Three points of view-parent's, therapist's, and child's-make this the most practical guide on the market for raising a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or other behavioral issues.

Traditional parenting and discipline books aren't effective for parents who are dealing with kids with ADHD, OCD, depression or other disorders. They need a guide that will help them with the unique discipline and organization challenges kids with these issues have.When getting up, going to school, completing homework, helping with chores, and getting to bed all become battlegrounds, the step-by-step proven techniques presented here will help parents achieve peace in their households. It will teach parents how to:

¥ Engage in proactive, not reactive, parenting
¥ Discipline consistently and effectively
¥ Deal with stalling, forgetting, overreacting, and other everyday behavior problems
¥ Work with a child's teachers, and more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Practical and Compassionate Approach to Helping Your Child
This excellent book helps parents in a practical way to approach understanding and "solving" problems their child/children with ADHD may have with coping with learning and life. Parents are guided through the process of identifying the difficulties their child is having and also with identifying the resources to help them set up mechanisms with which the child and the family can develop successful school and social careers. This book is down-to-earth and practical. And, through the voice of Theodore, Dr. Heininger's son, we are given insights into the emotional turmoil ADHD can create in a child. Very helpful, and highly recommended!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very realistic.
I read all of these reviews prior to purchasing this book. I remember reading the review from the woman who mentioned that this book wasn't helpful for her as her child has AD/HD and bi-polar disorder. I didn't let this review stop me from buying the book, as there were other positive reviews from parents that didn't have children with ADHD.

I wish I would have heeded the warning from the mother of the ADHD child. I should NOT have purchased this book.

I have a son with ADHD, and I bought the book. There were a few good tips here and there... but the book was overall upsetting and insulting to me. The expectations this author has of her 9 year old son with ADHD is ridiculous! The book is written with commentaries from the author (mother of child with ADHD) the son, and the therapist. The mom is SO hard on the son. Her list of rules is endless. Even the therapist mentioned on several occasions that the parents rules are too extensive.

As I was reading the book, I thought that the mother would listen to the therapist and lighten up her expectations of the child. NO. She siimply demanded that the son follow her rules -- all two million of them. After everything I have read about children with ADHD -- if you follow the advice of this author/mother, you will overwhelm your child and push them away.

The author makes her son out to be an animal because he can't follow her unrealistic set of rules. At 9 years old with ADHD, she expects him to do the following every morning: Get up, get dressed, make bed, get breakfast, eat breakfast, clean up dishes & empty the dishwasher if needed, brush teeth, comb hair, kisses, depart for school bus. And this was her list after she pared it down upon the suggestion of her therapist! Give me a break!

Perhaps this book would be helpful to the parent of a child with out ADHD... but I didn't find it very helpful as the parent of a chld with ADHD.

The unrealistic expectations of this author/mother were a huge turn-off for me.

If you are the parent of a child with ADHD, I do not recommend this book.

The author/mother is the source of the chaos in this book, not her son -- the child with ADHD.

I would like to see this author/mother walk a mile in her son's shoes, and see how it feels to follow her rules.

2-0 out of 5 stars How do you define chaos?
This book may be useful for children with only ADD with no hyperactivity or children not suffering from any biological problems. But if you define chaos by not remembering to turn off lights or flush the toilet or by forgetting homework, then I don't think you truely know what chaos is. I live with a ADHD and Bipolar child who truely causes chaos in my home, including hitting, slamming doors, throwing things, cutting his sister's hair, climbing out the window, etc., and he is only six. This book did not help me at all. It made me cry and wish I just had the problems they discussed. If you have true chaos choose another book. The Explosive Child by Ross Greene helped me a lot.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for parenting ideas
This is one of the best parenting books I have read. Don't let the title dissuade you from thinking that this book is only for families with ADHD children. It provides many ideas for organizing and structuring family life to reduce stress and lower the amount of yelling. The ideas are constructive and positive while the roles of punishment and negative re-enforcement are minimalized. A few of the ideas Sharon Weiss, the second author, gave me helped with getting my children to do their chores and teaching them how to structure their time so homework, getting out of the house in the morning and bedtime are not so laborous and time intensive. The ideas presented are helpful for younger age children not yet able to read to teenager.

5-0 out of 5 stars These techniques really work!
As an educational therapist and parent of two children, I found this book to be helpful both for my clients and my family. The ideas make sense and implementing them is straight-forward. I tried several of the ideas at home to see if they are easier than they sound...wow...instant changes in problem behaviors! For example, my four year old would not stay in bed at bedtime. Offering her an incentive (5 pennies if she stayed in bed), and a consequence (lose a penny for each time out of bed) stopped the behavior in one night. 90 minutes of arguing to zero on the first try. I highly recommend this book to parents of easy and not so easy kids. ... Read more


176. What to Do When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions
by Aureen Pinto, Ph.D. Wagner
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** The only OCD book with a companion book for children** Up and Down the Worry Hill, ISBN 0967734703.

Does your child have uncontrollable worries and senseless rituals? Do you feel helpless and frustrated as you struggle to understand and help your child stop the bizarre doubts and habits that take over his mind and his life? Your child may be one of millions of children suffering from OCD. Now, there is hope and help for your child.

Dr. Aureen Wagner brings you the latest scientific advances in the treatment of this beguiling disorder, along with her many years of experience in treating children and teenagers. Using the metaphor of the Worry Hill, for which she has received international recognition, Dr. Wagner presents a powerful step-by-step approach that countless children have used successfully to regain control from OCD. She provides parents and children with the blueprint to take charge of and master OCD. Her skill, compassion and expert guidance will give you new hope, energy and resolve to conquer OCD.

Part I (Chapters 1-6) covers the essential facts about OCD, its diagnosis, causes and treatments. Knowing the facts is the first step to mastery of OCD. In Part I, Dr. Wagner discusses the various ways in which OCD can invade your child's thoughts and behaviors and how to tell normal fears and habits apart from OCD and other conditions. You will learn about the Vicious Cycle of Avoidance that fuels OCD and about treatment with Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP). You will learn about medication options available today for OCD and when it may be appropriate to consider them for your child.

In Part II (Chapters 7-14), Dr. Wagner lays out the master plan and a child-friendly approach to helping your child overcome OCD. Dr. Wagner presents a series of steps that will help you systematically tackle OCD. You will learn how to take charge of your lives, take back control from OCD and take care of yourself so that you can take better care of your child. You will also find strategies for the unique parenting challenges that OCD brings and an approach to helping your child through schooling issues. Each chapter ends with answers to Frequently-Asked Questions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Listen up, Bitchtits
This book has helped me to cope with my bouts of OCD. It is such a cogent and well-argued piece that I have just finished reading it for the 135th time. Simply amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a "must have" for every parent of a child with OCD
This is the book I wish I had during the months we waited for our appointment with the specialist. Dr. Wagner leaves no stone unturned. In plain language she speaks to the many and complex concerns parents of children with OCD have -- always with this goal: to help minimize the impact of OCD on the child and family. The personal stories woven throughout the book help put a "face" on OCD that every family living with it will understand. I particularly appreciated Dr. Wagner's respectful and empathetic treatment of parents, also victims of this disorder, in the chapters "Parenting Challenges" and "Taking Care of Yourself." This is an empowering book; one that continues to offer hope and help to parents beginning with that first suspicion that something's "not quite right." I continue to use it as a valuable resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars Understandable, practical guidance.
"What to Do When Your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" is an exhaustive, authoritative and yet highly readable examination of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in children. It is organized into two parts with the first part a thorough education in OCD. It examines what OCD is and what it is not, how it is diagnosed, causes of OCD, and various treatments. The second part provides just as thorough an education in how OCD affects your child's thoughts and behaviors. It examines the cycle of avoidance and how that cycle fuels OCD. Parenting challenges related to OCD are also discussed in detail. The text also includes an exhaustive examination of behavior therapy and how it is used to help the OCD child acquire the skills to overcome their disorder.

This is easily one of the most approachable and thorough books I have ever read on OCD. Don't forget the companion book "Up and Down the Worry Hill" that is specifically written for children with OCD to help them understand the disorder and what will happen in behavior therapy. "What to Do When Your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" is a highly recommended read for anyone wanting to understand OCD better.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is REQUIRED reading for all who know someone with OCD
This book is a must-have for parents AND clinicians alike. Dr. Wagner uses straightforward language to demystify both OCD in children and the ways cognitive-behavioral therapy works in treating this agonizing illness. She first helps to distinguish between rituals or obsessions that are developmentally normal vs. those that are disordered. Then she provides detailed, knowledgeable information on how to seek help, the types of therapies and medications that work, and what parents can do to assist their child in the recovery process. Most importantly, she gives an amazingly clear explanation of how the exposure and ritual prevention exercises of CBT work to dispel the rituals and reduce anxiety. And she provides compelling, and heartbreaking examples of the treatment in actual clients she has worked with. This book is clearly written by an expert clinician who exudes compassion, empathy and full understanding of the impact of OCD on the afflicted and their families. As a practicing psychologist, I routinely recommend this book (and the companion one for children, "Up and Down the Worry Hill") to all my clients -- including adult clients -- who are suffering from OCD and anxiety. ... Read more


177. Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD : A Practical Parent's Guide for Managing Difficult Behaviors
by Grad L.Flick
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Asin: 0876288778
Catlog: Book (2002-05-10)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Sales Rank: 54135
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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As a professional working with all types of children on a daily basis, you know what a positive influence parents can have on a child's success in school and beyond. You also know how essential parental involvement is for children with attention deficit disorders, especially when the child's difficult behaviors controlsituations with his or her peers, siblings, and adults. Now you can give parents guidance and hope in dealing with their children through Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD: A Practical Parent's Guide for Managing Difficult Behaviors. Written in clear, nontechnical language, this much-needed guide provides practical, real-life techniques and activities to help parents. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars helpful book!
i found this book to be so helpful in dealing with my 8 year old daughter who has been loosely diagnosed with ADD.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a life saver
This book has a lot of practical tips and ideas for working with the challenge of ADD/ADHD children of which I have two. There is a section that helps you work with teachers and other people in your childs life. I shared a lot of the information in this book with my children's teachers and even suggested to their principal that he have the teachers read the book as I thought it would give them more insight into how to reach these children. I recommend this book to anyone who has or deals with ADD/ADHD children.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read & just as easy to implement
This is the easy how to/step-by-step book that I have seen. We all love are children but dread making waves in already rough seas. Within days my house was a nicer place to be. I took notes as I read the book and used the notes as guidelines when I implemented a technique. I am purchasing this book for my cousin's son. I would recommend it to anyone working with ADD/ADHD children. ... Read more


178. Right Address ... Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults
by Gena Barnhill
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Asin: 1931282021
Catlog: Book (2002-02-11)
Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 88242
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Surprisingly little has been written about the daunting challenges that Asperger syndrome presents for adolescents and adults. Barnhill's work helps fill this void. Her sensitive and graphic description of the personal experiences of her family in dealing with the issues of Asperger syndrome makes this a captivating book. Barnhill, who holds a doctorate in autism spectrum disorders blends science and first person experience making this an important book for both professionals and parents. ... Read more


179. The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child
by Thom Hartmann
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Asin: 0892811285
Catlog: Book (2003-08-11)
Publisher: Park Street Press
Sales Rank: 17115
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New scientific research shows how the ADHD gene has been critical to humanity's development for 40,000 years

• Shows how artists, inventors, and innovators carry the gene necessary for the future survival of humanity• Explains why children with the Edison gene are so often mislabeled in our public schools as having ADHD • By the creator of the "hunter/farmer hypothesis" of ADHD

Thomas Edison was thrown out of school for behavior that today would label him as having ADHD, but his mother understood how to salvage his self-esteem and prepare him for a lifetime of success. The quick-thinking and impulsive characteristics of what we term ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) are not signs of a disorder at all, but rather are parts of a highly adaptive and useful skill set that served our hunting and gathering ancestors very well. In The Edison Gene Thom Hartmann shows that these characteristics have also been critical to the survival and development of our modern civilization and will be vital and necessary as humanity faces new challenges in the future.

Hartmann, creator of the "hunter/farmer hypothesis" of ADHD, examines the latest discoveries confirming the existence of an ADHD gene and the earth-wide catastrophe 40,000 years ago that may well have triggered its development. Citing examples of significant innovators of our modern era, he argues that the brains of the children who possess the Edison gene are wired to give them brilliant success as innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs, but that those same qualities often cause them problems in the context of our public schools. Hartmann offers concrete strategies for helping Edison-gene children to reach their full potential and shows that rather than being "problems," they are an important and vital gift to our society and world. ... Read more


180. Stand Up for Your Gifted Child: How to Make the Most of Kids' Strengths at School and at Home
by Joan F. Smutny, Joan Franklin Smutny
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Asin: 1575420880
Catlog: Book (2000-10)
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Sales Rank: 107020
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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What does it mean when your child seems "average" at school but brilliant at home? What if your son has a talent–and a learning difference that hides it? You know that your daughter has extraordinary potential in math, but her teacher ignores it. What can you do?
If you think your gifted child isn't getting the education he or she needs, this book is for you. It helps you recognize your child's gifts, understand his or her problems at school, find out your district's policy on gifted education, explore various options (pull-out programs, acceleration, grade skipping, clustering, etc.), communicate effictively with the school and district, and provide enrichment at home.
Practical advice guides you toward workable solutions.Real-life examples show how any parent, in any situation, can become a powerful advocate for his or her child. Resource point the way toward more information and support.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate parents' guide
Smutny covers the basic concepts and issues facing the families of gifted kids. Better yet, she provides concrete, detailed strategies for parents as they negotiate the best possible education for their gifted children. Lots of real-life stories, lots of nuts-and-bolts advice, right down to the questions to ask and the things to _avoid_ saying.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best resources to start with....
I have read many books on the subject of parenting gifted children and trying to meet their academic needs -- this is one of the better ones, and certainly one of the most practical. It will help parents navigate the school system and advocate for their child's educational needs. Reading this book was like talking to a friend who has "been there." It is full of good reference/resource advice and is easy to read. ... Read more


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