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Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

By Larry Silver, M.D.

Advice to Parents on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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Reviewer: Allison Martin

Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a comprehensive and reliable discussion of ADHD. It covers the effects of ADHD on your child and family, recommended treatment, and life style adaptations. Dr. Silver educates parents from the point of identification of ADD or ADHD through the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for their child. His informed discussion of the impact of ADHD on the brain and on your child's functioning will help you to understand what your child needs to succeed. Practical advice for assisting your child is a valuable component of the book.

Topics include impacts of ADHD during each stage of child development, medication (including major side effects, which are rarely included by other authors), behavior management suggestions, family dynamics, school performance, and the causes and traits of ADHD. His descriptions of other disabilities often occurring in children with ADHD, will also be especially helpful for many parents.

If you are interested in a practical and informed discussion of ADHD in children - this is a terrific resource.

Quotes from the book:

"Many children get up each school morning and promise their parents that they will try to be good in class that day. They do try. But because these children may be hyperactive, distractible, and/or impulsive, their behaviors disrupt class activities, annoy the teacher, and push their classmates away. Such children can not help their behaviors. Yet, the message they hear is always the same: 'Why can't you be good?'"

"ADHD is believed to be a neurologically based disorder. Bobby's case illustrates that, for many children, ADHD had probably been present since birth and that the behaviors were apparent from the earliest years. This case also illustrates that ADHD is not just a school disability; it is a life disability. The same behaviors of hyperactivity, distractibility and/or impulsivity that interfere with school availability and performance also interfere with family life and with relating to other children. It is not uncommon for children and adolescents with ADHD to develop emotional, social and family problems."

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