The Parent's Hyperactivity Handbook: Helping the Fidgety Child

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Preface

There has never been a better time to be parenting or working with a child * with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Research and experience over the past thirty years have made great progress in clarifying the underlying causes of the disorder, testing out some long-standing myths about ADHD and hyperactivity and revealing parenting and treatment strategies that are truly effective. This book attempts to synthesize the information and wisdom that clinicians have gained through careful research and through the practical experience of parents dealing with attention and impulse problems on a daily basis. The need for a comprehensive handbook of ADHD written for parents and caretakers is clear. There have been well over 1,000 professional journal articles presented in just the past ten years, with at least 300 to 400 articles written on Ritalin alone. Most parents do not have easy access to this mass of information or the time to spend hours in the university library. This book attempts to do that work for them by synthesizing what is already known about ADHD as well as the current state of the art in treatment and understanding.

Other parents may be less interested in research and more

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Although statistics suggest that a majority of children with ADHD are male, in order to avoid the use of gender-biased language the author has alternated his use of gender pronouns throughout the text.

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