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Paperback Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD Book

ISBN: 1572308702

ISBN13: 9781572308701

Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD

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There's lots of help out there for kids with ADHD, but getting it isn't always easy. Where can you turn when you've mastered the basics and "doing everything right" isn't enough--the insurer denies... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Excellent Guide for Parents trying to get organized and deal with ADHD issues

I have read numerous books and articles on ADHD to become as informed as possible on my son's ADHD. Most make me feel better by realizing I am not alone in my struggle to parent a child with this disorder. This book went beyond making me feel better and gave me practical guidance to get organized and be proactive when dealing with teachers and my son's school. I now have an accordian file with a handle that I take to all my meetings related to my son. I refer to this book frequently as needed. It has been a resource to me over and over. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all parents with an ADHD child.

Practical, comprehensive book for parents and professionals

You can always tell the books written by people who have personal experience with AD/HD. You can also spot books written by authors with clear professional experience. This book is both. Dr.Jensen is both a well-known reasearcher and the parent of a boy with AD/HD. He includes deatiled practical information on a variety of topics relevant to reasing a child with AD/HD. He illustrates this with examples from his own family life as well as with the voices of many other parents. He clearly shows respect for the members of families who are dealing with AD/HD. I liked his suggestions on how to interact with health professionals in a managed care environment. He holds physicians to a high standard of care, and tells parents how to be effective and assertive when they feel that they are not getting what they need. I liked his suggestions on how to politely get your doctor to answer further questions when he is ready to end the session. I was glad that he talked about communication between members of the child's treatment team. this is often where treatment founders. He gives specifics on how a parent can encourage and monitor the communication flow beween school, physician, and other therapists. Dr. Jensen explains the role of medication and how parents can help professionals monitor progress and possible side effects. He also suggests situations when a parent might want to consider whether the medication is not being monitored closely enough. He suggests ways that parents can hlep the physician monitor medications. He explains the importance of a parent keeping records of medications and other treatments. The section on home and family life is compassionate and pragmatic. He gives suggestions for behavioral plans but also puts them in a realistic perspective. He gives suggestions for what to do if a well-designed plan does not work. He discusses parent stress and burnout. Many parents have wanted practical information on how to balance play dates and a busy schedule. The appendices contain items such as model letters requesting special education services. There are also recommended books and web sites for individuals who desire more information on legal rights, time managements and advocacy groups. At 283 pages, the book might be too long and too dense for some stressed, overworked parents. For those new to AD/HD a shorter book might make a more accessible introduction. However, for the parent who has the attention and time to read it, the book provides the practical wisdom of many experienced parents and the knowlege of an experienced scientist.

Very helpful

I've been through several books, but this is one of the best so far. What I particularly like is Dr. Jensen's problem-focused approach, and the practical solutions to all the crazy frustrating problems my wife and I didn't realize we would get into with our son's school, and even with his doctor who should know better. We were inspired to look around, once we began to realize our previous doctor wasn't as knowledgeable about ADHD as we just assumed he would be. The new doctor, a pediatrician who specializes in ADHD has been a real boon. The letters at the back of the book were especially good, particularly in guiding us in writing offical letters to the school to get more classroom help. We're not "there" yet, but this book has given us a jump start, and was well worth what we spent. Ron Vitello

Terrific Resource

Reviewed by Sandra F. Rief, author of How to Reach & Teach Children with ADD/ADHD, 2nd edition (2005) and The ADHD Book of Lists (2003): This is an outstanding book - one that I highly recommend not only to parents of children with ADHD, but anyone (educator or clinician) advising parents of how to obtain the best help for their children. The author addresses what to expect from and how to get the best from their healthcare system, child's education, home and family life, etc. Written with compassion, humor, solid understanding, and powerful expert advice by one of the world's leading and most respected researchers, practitioners, and authorities in the field. What makes this book exceptionally valuable and insightful is that Dr. Peter Jensen also shares what he has learned as a parent of a child with ADHD, as well - not only his own personal anecdotes and perspective as a parent, but the honest and open advice of other "expert parents" who were interviewed for this wonderful book. Dr. Jensen has written an invaluable resource - one that gives parents information that no other book I have seen has been able to provide... the inside scoop on how parents can get what they need from their physician, the school, their insurance providers, etc. In short, it is a guide for helping parents best advocate and become an effective case manager for their child with ADHD. I found Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD to provide exactly what the title indicates. It is packed with information that will strengthen, encourage, and empower parents. At the same time, Dr. Jensen's humorous, engaging style made it a pleasure to sit down and read this book. I also appreciate the author's focus on how to cultivate positive working relationships between parents and all parties involved in the care and education of their child, how to advocate for their children effectively - yet do so in a way conducive to building a collaborative relationship ... a win-win situation.

Very helpful...different from the usual book on ADHD

At last something practical on ADHD, and that I can use! I've been struggling with my 9 year old daughter's adhd and her school's continuing reluctance (actually, I think refusal is the better term) to do anything to help me or her. Learning more about her rights, and some practical next steps I can try, even with the school's stone-walling I've run into this far, gives me new hope. I really liked hearing about other parents' experiences, and getting their tips. Knowing that others have been there too, and seeing how they handled it makes me realize there are some things I can try to change the situation, including getting my lawyer neighbor to write a letter on my behalf. I have been patient and understanding with the school's lack of resources, but my daughter's problems are not getting better, and she's only getting more locked into low self-esteem and feeling like she hates school. So time for a change. Look out, world! No one is going to stand between this momma bear and her cub.
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