According to the DSM-5, “ADHD occurs in most cultures in about 5% of children and about 2.5% of adults.” That statistic reflects the prevalence of clients with ADHD that seek for treatment in mental health agencies. Doctors tend to prescribe medicines for clients with ADHD in order to reduce hyperactivity symptoms. While medicines can be helpful for clients with ADHD, education about symptoms and skills is crucial not only for clients but also for their families.
That is why therapist are always in need of fresh and outstanding resources that can assist them in the process of helping clients with ADHD. Fortunately, Lawrence E. Shapiro has provided us with a great resource to work with children with ADHD: The ADHD Workbook for Kids (New Harbinger Publications, 2010). This is a workbook therapist and families can use to help children with ADHD to improve their attention skills, manage their emotions and gain social skills.
The activities this workbook contains are easy yet effective so children can obtain new skills without feeling overwhelmed by tough activities. This workbook contains forty-four activities divided into four sections. Section one deals with learning self-control. Section two is devoted to overcoming school problems. Section three has to do with making and keeping friends. Finally, section four covers the idea of feeling good about yourself. Every section contains eleven activities.
Every activity is preceded by a For You to Know section that introduces the topic the activity covers. The For You to Know section contains information about ADHD and how this diagnosis may impact children with ADHD and their families. This section is very informative and instructive for both clients and their relatives. The For You to Do section contains the different actives.
Who can use this workbook? This book is highly recommended for families with children with ADHD. You do not need to be a professional to help you child use this workbook as the instructions are very clear. Professionals should use this book as well. I spend 15-20 minutes working with my client on at least two activities, and then we spend the rest of the session discussing how to apply what the client has learned to his life. Kids has not reported feeling bored or overwhelmed while working with this book. On the contrary they have a lot of fun reading the stories this workbook contains. I am surprised about the many instances client have reported feeling identify with the stories Dr. Shapiro has included in this workbook.
Summarizing, I highly recommend this workbook to parents or legal guardians of children dealing with ADHD. Professionals will benefit from this workbook as it contains many different ideas and activities to do with your young clients.
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