Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Advantage Books; 2 edition (May 7, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
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I'd like to think that I am somewhat knowledgeable--maybe even a quasi-expert--at girls with AD/HD. After all, I am a mother of such a daughter (now 10 years old) and in my "previous life," worked in child and adolescent psychiatry where I saw, first-hand, many of the manifestations of AD/HD. Never before, though had I come across a book outlining with such sympathy--not to mention, honesty--the ins and outs of raising a daughter with such a condition.Nadeau, Quinn, and Littman, true experts in their field, have shed valuable and insightful light on a condition once reserved strictly to boys--and even though we knew on some level that girls also suffered from the ill effects of hyperactivity, distractibility, and inattention characteristic of AD/HD. While of course, we know now that girls do in fact suffer from this disorder, we didn't always have a name for it. In the past, girls were considered "tomboys," or "dreamers." We've known for some time--this isn't exactly news.What I liked about UNDERSTANDING GIRLS WITH AD/HD: HOW THEY FEEL & WHY THEY DO WHAT THEY Do is the blending of research in a family-focused manner, making it accessible to just about anyone who wants to make life with their AD/HD girl better. Plus, the information on coexisting conditions (mood disorders, executive functioning, eating disorders, and other at-risk behavior) is gold.The book is structured in such a way that you could read portions based on how you want to use the information. For a parent just starting on the AD/HD journey, it's a great intro. She can stop there, or continue reading for "bends up ahead.
This review originally appeared on my blog at www.gimmethatbook.com.Many thanks to the author for gifting this book to me. We were introduced by Gina Pera, eminent ADHD advocate and educator. I was sure this book would provide useful information, and I was not disappointed.Nearly all the books I’ve read about ADHD skews heavily towards males. Everyone is familiar with the stereotype of the energetic little boy, jumping out of his seat in school, and throwing tantrums in the restaurant. However, girls can have ADHD too, and the signs may not be as obvious. This book aims to educate parents and teachers about girls with ADHD and what signs to look for.Nadeau’s tone is just right. There is no endless scientific posturing, no glib New Agey solutions; just honest talk and positive thinking. She also discusses the different way girls are affected by ADHD. For example: the hormonal changes of puberty, famous for wreaking havoc on the most stable female’s world, may cause ADHD symptoms to be seen for the first time. This is important because “these girls do not meet the DSM-5 requirement that evidence of ADHD problems must exist prior to 12 years of age in order to receive and ADHD diagnosis”.Using case studies and real life examples, Nadeau provides short vignettes of life with an ADHD girl. These serve well to illustrate the point being discussed and parents will be able to see that Carly is not just being a typical teenager, she may have undiagnosed ADHD and need help.Each chapter builds upon the last one, starting from grammar school all the way up to college. The chapters are further broken down into easy to grasp sections, with titles like “What Teachers See” and “Gender Role Expectations”.
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