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I’m excited to share that PTS coaching and Esteem Therapeutics are working together to bring my parent education and coaching services to their ADHD parenting app!
Esteem helps parents by first identifying your child’s strengths and needs, creates (or clarifies) a starting point, automatically provides improvement goals, and then helps you discover other things that could your child grow and develop.
Attention Magazine (A benefit of CHADD membership)
ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship by Melissa Orlov
ADHD, Executive Function & Behavioral Challenges in the Classroom: Managing the Impact on Learning, Motivation and Stress by Cindy Goldrich, ADHD-CCSP & Carly Goldrich, BS, ED
Between Parent & Teenager by Dr. Haim Ginott
Buzz by Katherine Ellison
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams, PhD
The Couples Guide to Thriving with ADHD by Melissa Orlov
Driven to Distraction by Ned Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.
8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD by Cindy Goldrich
Empowering Youth with ADHD by Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC
Executive Function in the Classroom by Christopher Kaufman
The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in Five Minutes by Intelligent Change
Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking by Tamar Chomsky
Helping Your Anxious Child by Rapee, Spence, Cobhan, and Wignall
Late Bloomers by Rich Karlgaard
Learning Outside The Lines by Jonathon Mooney and David Cole
Lost at School by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
Marva Collins Way by Marva Collins
Mindset by Carol Dweck
The Motivation Breakthrough by Rick Lavoie
Ready or Not, Here Life Comes by Mel Levine, M.D.
The Self Esteem Teacher by Robert Brooks
Understanding Girls with ADHD: How They Feel and Why They Do What They Do by Kathleen Nadeau, Ellen Littman, and Patricia Quinn
Women with ADHD: A Radical Guide by Sari Solden and Michelle Frank
10 GREAT MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOKS WITH ADHD CHARACTERS!
Welcome to Superhero School by Gracie Dix
Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends on a mission to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork. From subterranean sewers to lush jungle, from dinosaurs to dragons, our heroes will be pushed to their limits in ways they’d never imagined. Will their collective Powers—Flight, Morphing, Invisibility, Mind Reading, and more—be enough for them to overcome the malevolence of Vork?
The Boy with the Butterfly Mind by Victoria Williamson
Jamie Lee just wants to be normal but his ADHD isn't making it easy. If only he could control his butterfly mind he'd have friends, be able to keep out of trouble and he could live with his mom, not be sent to stay with his dad.
The Amazing Ninja Brothers: Entering the Deep Unknown by Robert Martin
Eleven-year-old Tommy's classmates are annoyed with him for always goofing off and disrupting class. Tommy has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which makes sitting still, being quiet and focusing on the teacher difficult. His friends, brothers Aiden and Jacob, want to help. But Tommy's two buddies are more than just siblings, they're actually Ninjas!
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea.
Lights, Camera, Disaster by Erin Dionne
Hester Greene loves making movies. With her camera in hand, she can focus, make decisions, and have the control she lacks in life, where her executive function disorder (think extreme ADHD plus anxiety) sabotages her every move. But middle school is not a movie, and if her last-ditch attempt to save her language-arts grade--and her chance to pass eighth grade, period--doesn't work, Hess could lose her friends, her year, even her camera.
Joe Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downtown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line.
Focused by Allyson Gerber
Clea can't control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework . . . but she gets distracted. She knows she can't just say whatever thought comes into her head . . . but sometimes she can't help herself. She know she needs to focus . . . but how can she do that when the people around her are always chewing gum loudly or making other annoying noises?
It's starting to be a problem--not just in school, but when Clea's playing chess or just hanging out with her best friend. Other kids are starting to notice. When Clea fails one too many tests, her parents take her to be tested, and she finds out that she has ADHD, which means her attention is all over the place instead of where it needs to be.
Eliza Bing is (Not) a Big Fat Quitter by Carmella Van Vleet
After she and her friend Tony create a baking business for a class project, Eliza becomes certain that cake decorating is her destiny. Her parents insist that the summer "Cakes with Caroline" class is too expensive—especially given Eliza's history of quickly losing interest in things. Desperate to show them that she can be diligent, Eliza volunteers to take her brother's unwanted spot in a taekwondo class. At first, she has absolutely no interest in martial arts, and the focus and discipline of taekwondo is a huge challenge for her since she has ADHD. To make things worse, mean girl Madison shows up in class.
Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya
Emilia Torres has a wandering mind. It's hard for her to follow along at school, and sometimes she forgets to do what her mom or abuela asks. But she remembers what matters: a time when her family was whole and homemade sense. When Dad returns from deployment, Emilia expects that her life will get back to normal. Instead, it unravels.
Check Mates by Stewart Foster
Some people think that I’m a problem child, that I’m lazy and never pay attention in lessons. But the thing is, I’m not a problem child at all. I’m just a child with a problem. Felix is struggling at school. His ADHD makes it hard for him to concentrate and his grades are slipping. Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but no one seems to understand just how hard he finds it.
MORE GREAT BOOKS FOR KIDS & TEENS
The Fix-It Friends: Eyes on the Prize by Nicole C. Kear
I am proud to have contributed to this book. As part of a larger series, this book addresses the challenges one friend has with being organized and staying focused. There is a special section at the end of the book for kids that includes tools and strategies for dealing with distractions and challenges in focusing.
by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Inspired by the true-life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. The reading level ranges from grade levels 2 – 5.
All Dogs Have ADHD by Kathy Hoopman
All Dogs Have ADHD takes an inspiring and affectionate look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and brings to life familiar ADHD characteristics such as being restless and excitable, getting easily distracted, and acting on impulse.
All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann
Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behavior, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colorful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humor what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.
Jimmy Racecar by J.B. Snyder, MD
Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD
by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern
Who Moved My Cheese? For Kids by Spencer Johnson
Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens by Spencer Johnson
A Walk in the Rain with a Brain by Ned Hallowell
My Brain Needs Glasses: Living with Hyperactivity by Annick Vincent
Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD by Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.
Don’t be Your Own Bully by Kerri Golding Oransky, LCSW
ADHD and Me: What I learned from lighting fires at the Dinner Table by Blake E.S. Taylor
My Friend the Troublemaker: Learning to Focus and Thriving with ADHD by Rifka Schonfeld
A Bird’s Eye View of Life with ADHD by Alex Zeigler and Chris Dendy
Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living with ADHD by Jeanne Krauss and Whitney Martin
Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle by Deborah M. Moss
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Knowing What to Say (American Girl) by Patti Kelley Criswell
Jarvis Clutch – Social Spy by Mel Levine
Understood Understood.org aims to give parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone. I am proud to be on their board of Experts.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.
SocialThinking.com Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, coined the term “Social Thinking” and helps educators, clinicians, professionals of all types, and parents/family members appreciate that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life, socially, academically, and professionally.
Think:Kids promotes the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem-solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, their approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed.
Shykids The purpose of this website is to talk about shyness – what it is and what it feels like.
Esteem App: I’m excited to share that PTS coaching and Esteem Therapeutics are working together to bring my parent education and coaching services to their ADHD parenting app!
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Grammarly: It checks for grammatical errors, provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions, detects plagiarism, and provides citation suggestions.
Disney Circle allows your family to manage all of your home's connected devices. With Circle, parents can now filter online content and limit online screen time as well as set an Internet bedtime for every connected device in the home. Circle can even Pause the Internet and share what kids are up to online.
Times Tales: Times Tales is a creative, innovative mnemonic-based program that makes it fun and easy to memorize the upper multiplication facts. Times Tales uses cute, simple stories to provide students with a “memory peg”, allowing them to quickly recall otherwise abstract facts, making it great for kids with ADHD and/or learning disabilities.
TimeTimer: For many people, it’s a challenge noticing the passage of time. The Time Timer can be a great tool to help others be aware and release you from being the constant reminder!
Bouncy Bands: Bouncy Bands attach to chairs and desks for students to bounce their feet and stretch their legs while they work quietly so they can release their extra energy, anxiety, and frustration without distracting others. Use code: PTSBouncyBands and save 15% (free shipping for orders over $100)
Howda Hug: Portable seats, lightweight, embracing and rocking seats that children love and benefit from using. Adults love them too to add back support to desk chairs and for stadium outings. Use code: HAVEHUG for a $5 discount.
Inspiration Software: Excellent mind-mapping software for people with AD/HD or LD who have trouble organizing thoughts in a sequential, written form. Mind mapping (graphic organizing, visual thinking) software or devices provide the freedom to express ideas in a visual format, record them as they come, and link them together later to create an outline. Inspiration is for grades 6-12. The website offers a free trial.
ADHD & Marriage: Helping Adults Thrive in Relationships Impacted by ADHD: Melissa Orlov provides hope, information, and the tools you need to thrive in a healthier, happier relationship.
HeadSpace: Meditation made simple. Free app.
Super Kids: Make your own math drill sheets for free! Simply select the type of problems and a worksheet will be created to our specifications, ready to be printed for use.
Quizlet: Wonderful site to make online flashcards, create interactive quizzes, and view other people’s flash cards as well.
Flashcard Exchange: Create flashcards and tests. Millions of flashcards already stored on a variety of academic topics.
Kahn Academy: Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of thousands of video lessons and practice exercises covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.
ReadWriteThink: Interactive learning activities for grades K-12. One of my favorites, Essay Map, is an interactive graphic organizer that helps students develop an outline that includes an introductory statement and the main ideas they want to discuss or describe.
Free Comic Strip Maker: Great tool to help kids express themselves through the use of comic strips.
Learning Ally: Many kids with ADHD have trouble focusing on written words and occasionally benefit from listening to text. Learning Ally provides Audio versions of books and textbooks for those who benefit from listening and not just reading the material as well as those who struggle with fluency and decoding.
iHomework: This app brings the standard agenda pad to life by adding useful features and integration with their home computer.
Flashcards+: This app allows students to create easy-to-read flashcards and monitor their progress in memorizing the facts.
Best Alarm Clock: This app lets you choose songs from your personal playlist or built-in sounds. You can determine the length of the snooze and set unlimited backup alarms.
Clocky: A fun and crazy alarm clock on wheels. It jumps from a 3-foot high nightstand, and then off it runs in different directions every day, bumping into objects, changing direction again, and beeping until you wake up, get out of bed and turn him off.
Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock: can be set super loud, has lights that flash, and has a vibrating disk to shake the bed.