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Parents of ADHD Children

Newly Diagnosed & Looking for Ideas (School, Books, Home)

Hi everyone,

My 4.5 yr old son was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD this week. We also have a 2.5 year old son.

He is for sure a spit fire who loves Legos, the outdoors, and books. He’s a interesting guy but this past year has been a challenge to watch was might have been a ‘phase’ become more permanent behaviors—extremely grumpy at times, sensitive, impulsive, cannot sit still, elicits negative responses repeatedly from friends and parents.

The diagnosis wasn’t a surprise but it’s still all very new.

I’m feeling positive about starting behavioral therapy this week and doing research on strategies for helping him in home and at school.

What are the books that have been most helpful to you? Are there other websites that you check in with?

Are there any resources for teachers you’d recommend? He’s in a great nursery school right now, and they are very open to working with new ideas in the classroom.

I’d appreciate any and all ideas.

Thank you!



My two favorites and the two most helpful to me were:

The Explosive Child by Dr. Ross Greene
Superparenting ADD by Dr. Hallowell

There are many great resources online as well. Besides, I found blogs and websites with others’ personal experiences very helpful. You can google ADHD blogs and find a list on healthline of the best ones.

The best thing to do is dive in to information gathering at the beginning.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Mar 17, 2014 at 6:23pm

Thank you both. I will look into the books and have already ordered the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.

I appreciate it!

Posted by pcv_123 on Mar 18, 2014 at 4:51am

For helping you little guy in school we really like adding movement and music into learning. I like the products by The DvDs have hand and body movements and the sight word DVDs help kids learn to write letters with their whole bodies before writing them with their hands. They help give little confidence that they can learn.

I also really like the Boys Town books. “My Mouth is A Volcano” is fantastic for helping kids understand how to control impulses.

There is a little book called, “ADHD and Me: What I learned from setting fires at the dinner table” It is written by a man with ADHD and has great insight into living with ADHD.

Posted by starry_eyed14 on Mar 19, 2014 at 12:25am

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