It has been said by specialists and researchers that ADHD may be the most misdiagnosed and overdiagnosed mental health disorder. Many children are prescribed by their pediatricians with medication to treat ADHD symptoms, even without a diagnosis from a mental health specialist. It can create a dependency on meds and frustration at the same time, as many caregivers do not feel comfortable with the idea of having their kids depending on meds to regulate their behavior for the rest of their lives, in the majority of the cases.
However, there are many mental health specialists that have shown successful results in treating children diagnosed with ADHD but using drug-free programs. The book Parenting Your Children with ADHD: a no-nonsense guide for nurturing self-reliance and cooperation, by Craig B. Wiener (New Harbinger Publications, 2012) is a must have resource for parents of children with ADHD.
In his introduction, the author states this book will help parents to get more familiar with ADHD, as well as how to help their children to manage ADHD symptoms, and to learn that, “ADHD is something that your child does rather than something your child has.”
Inside this 184-pages-volume, parents will be guided by an expert in the field as they learn about how to take control of ADHD and its symptoms. The book is divided into nine chapters:
- So Your Children Has an ADHD Diagnosis
- Understanding ADHD Behavior as Reinforced
- The Five Reinforcements for ADHD Behavior
- Ten Guiding Principles to Reduce ADHD Behavior
- Teaching Your Child Self-Care
- Reducing ADHD Behavior in the Family
- Managing ADHD Behavior Away from Home
- Adjusting Your Child to School
- Two Important Obstacles You May Face
This book is more about what happens at home rather than what happens when my kid is with the mental health practitioner. Readers will find plenty and effective exercises to implement with their children. The author’s intent is to get the family system involved as a nucleus in the process of reducing and managing ADHD symptoms exhibited by the identified client. All this is based on the premises of a non-drug treatment.
The author is not imposing the burden and responsibility of the mental health treatment upon the parent’s shoulders. Instead, Wiener provides parents with helpful information and “homework” that is complementary to therapeutic treatment.
Many parents do not even know where to start when their children are diagnosed with ADHD and feel overwhelmed by this diagnosis. As a clinician, my experience recommending this book to parents is very satisfactory. All the parents of kids diagnosed with ADHD I have worked with have reported being more familiar with ADHD as well as feeling in control of the situation. I can say parents following the recommendations provided by the author experience a sense of relief, as they learn to normalize the symptoms and their collateral effects.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255