Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

Teacher's Guide to ADHD

Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

Teacher's Guide to ADHD

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Teacher's Guide to ADHD Robert Reid and Joseph Johnson Guilford Press, New York, 2012 274 pages, paperback $28.00, ISBN 978-1-60918-979-2 Reviewed by Lynn Zakeri

The first few chapters cover definitions of ADHD as well as overviews of assessments. The authors note that ADHD is not an objective diagnosis and that there are common misinterpretations of behavior. They then discuss ADHD in the school setting. The difference between special education and 504 plans is described, and empathy is generated for what the ADHD student experiences at school on a regular basis. In chapter 7, "Medication," the first sentence includes the word controversial. The authors discuss how most teachers have little or no knowledge of the different medications prescribed for students diagnosed with ADHD and their side effects. They list what these side effects can look like. They also provide a sample scale to help determine if the medication is helping. Finally, this chapter contains a section on cultural factors as it pertains to medication.

The remaining chapters are quite practical. They cover functional behavior assessment and behavior management. …

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