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Organize Your ADD/ADHD Child: A Practical Guide for Parents

by Cheryl R Carter Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date:
10/2010
ISBN:
9781849058391
Format:
Pbk 128 pages
Price:
AU$27.99 NZ$28.69
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Living with ADD/ADHD can be hectic, and parenting a child with this disorder can feel like an uphill struggle when even the simplest of tasks causes havoc. This book addresses the issues of organization and time management in relation to ADD/ADHD, suggesting practical ways of organizing your child's day and turning chaos into calm.

Accommodating short attention spans and short fuses, Cheryl Carter shows how, by using the F.I.R.S.T method (Fun, Individualism, Rules, Simplicity and Time management), even the most hyperactive and easily distracted of children can be taught to make their bed, pack their school bag, and generally get organized! The author recognizes that children hate anything that is boring, and finds fun ways around even the most mundane of tasks. Her no-nonsense, step-by-step strategies, in combination with positive affirmations and realistic demands, will get ADD/ADHD children organized, and from A to B without a hitch.

This book is a must-have for any flagging parent struggling to structure their child's life (and indeed their own!). It will also be of interest to family members, teachers, and anybody close to a child with ADD/ADHD.

CONTENTS: 1. No More Lost Homework. 2. Make it Fun but Keep it Firm. 3. Individualize with Interests. 4. Establish Rules With a Routine. 5. Keep it Simple and Specific. 6. Address Time and Transitions. 7. Plan for School Success. 8. Your Child's Bedroom. 9. Moving to Self Management. 10. Managing Your Home. 11. ADD/ADHD Questions. 12. Helpful Tips. 13. Resources.

For parents tired of their ADD/ADHD children's forgetfulness, lost homework, messy bedrooms, and tantrums over chores, there's help in this easy-to-read yet long-lasting guide... Parents will not only appreciate Carter's informative strategies, all told in a conversational tone, but the myriad resources that wrap up this must-have guide. A Helpful Tips section, broken down by such catagories as chores, home life, and leisure time, will benefit any child, not only those with ADD and ADHD. Other resources comprise a list of equipment (e.g., an electronic dictionary and analog visual timer) beneficial to special needs children, a list of realistic chores for different age spans, multiple checklists (e.g., morning routine and night before school), and chart and planner templates. Together, these resources give parents the tools they need to help their ADD/ADHD children become more productive and independent.
Cheryl R. Carter is the founder of Organized Kidz, an organization that assists special needs children with organization and study skills. She is a former special needs teacher, organizing and time management consultant and freelance parenting writer who has worked with families for over fifteen years. She is also a busy wife and mother who enjoys watching her daughter's soccer games, beating her husband at Scrabble and enjoying God in the ordinary. She is a former featured expert on LearningDisorders.com and also enjoys blogging. Visit www.ADD123.org for further information.