Having an adult son who was diagnosed with ADD when he was 9, I had an interest in reviewing this book with hindsight vision. I wondered if I had done the right things. Had I fought too hard against medication and, when I finally gave in, had it done him harm?

But this is a mixed review. Although much of what I needed to know was dealt with comprehensively in this book, there is also a good part of what I consider to be filler. I found it interesting to know the number of co-existing disorders in children with ADD. But I did not need a page to tell me that television does not cause ADD/ADHD. I thought the section on homework strategies was very useful. But the following excerpt was just inane:

“How do I tell if my child has low self-esteem”

Children with low self-esteem talk negatively about themselves. Listen for such statements as “I’m stupid”

“Everybody hates me”

“I’m not good at anything”

I appreciated the section on learning how to help the child with ADD to cope with their homework load. But there was no need for me to read that the best way to find out how my child is doing in school is to communicate with the teacher. I bristle when an expert assumes that my lack of a degree also translates into a lack of common sense!

In a way the book acts as pseudo support group, weaving simple questions among the complex. As in a group of mixed parents, some will be thinking more deeply than others. If the book is thought of in that way, than the reading of it becomes an interesting exercise.

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