Attention Deficit Disorder

Recommended Reading

Driven to Distraction : Recognizing and Coping With Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
Doctors Hallowell and Ratey have done for the individual with attention-deficit disorders and their families what Dr. Barkley did for professionals with his book. Driven to Distraction is very well written. It pulls the reader along from page to page by presenting good, helpful information in a way that is interesting and fun to read. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in learning more about attention-deficit disorders.

Answers to Distraction
This is the follow-up to Driven to Distraction and pretty much answers almost any questions readers may have about attention-deficit disorders in a very readable fashion. Recommended for those who still crave more information after reading Driven to Distraction.

All Kinds of Minds : A Young Student’s Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders
A great book for children with at least 3rd grade reading skills that also comes on tape. Dr. Levine has a way of explaining difficult concepts to children that is fun and inspirational. His stories about Eddie, Sonya, Bill, Derik, and Eve allow the young reader to discuss issues related to learning problems without having to feel isolated and different from everyone else. He helps take the mystery out of the diagnostic process. Highly recommended reading for children with ADD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, or social skills problems. This the best book I’ve found in the last 10 years for children with special needs. – C. J. Newton, CEO, Mir Internet Marketing, Inc.

Keeping a Head in School : A Student’s Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders
Another great book for middle-school aged children. Keeping A Head in School describes learning disorders including attention-deficit disorders in clear terms with lots of good suggestions for children.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder : A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Barkley gives a comprehensive overview of ADHD. For professionals in areas related to ADHD or for those who are interested in getting down to the details, this is recommended reading. Not for everyone, as a background in a psychology-related field is helpful.

What is ADD?
Classroom Modifications for ADD and ADHD
Counseling and Education for Children with ADD or ADHD
What Conditions Might Be Confused With ADD?
What Conditions Commonly Co-Exist With ADD?
How can you tell if a child is having trouble because of problems such as stress or family problems or if it’s really ADD?
How can you tell if a child with learning disabilities also has ADD?
National Resources for ADD and ADHD Information
Recommended Reading

Referring to this article:
“Attention Deficit Disorder: What is ADD?” was written by C. J. Newton, MA, Learning Specialist and published in the Find (formerly Mental Health Journal in July, 1997. Parts of the article were published at the ADD/LD Resource Center web site (, owned and operated by the Institute for ADD and Learning, in 1995. C. J. Newton was the co-founder of the Institute for ADD and Learning, along with Sandra Scheinbaum, Ph.D. That web site no longer exists.

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