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WITH ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits

A Guide for Parents and Professionals


Chris A. Zeigler Dendy

Over 100,000+ copies sold

Background:The first edition of Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits took over seven years to write and two additional years to edit and publish. During our sons' turbulent teenage years, I began collecting materials that were helpful with our boys. Initially, I wrote simply as therapy for myself as I struggled with parenting our challenging teenage sons. Some of the strategies that I had used effectively as a former teacher, school psychologist, and therapist were not particularly effective with our boys. I agonized through periods of guilt, inadequacy, embarrassment, and grief. Obviously, if a "so-called expert" like me was struggling, I could only imagine what other poor unsuspecting parents with less training must be feeling. After our humbling education, my husband and I wanted to share the lessons we learned to help other parents avoid some of the mistakes we made. Thus, Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits was born with input from over a hundred professionals in a variety of fields, many of whom were also parents of children with attention deficits. In 2006 the second edition was updated with the latest scientific facts and information about ADHD and executive function deficits. Now, in 2017, we have released the third edition with even more updates.

Book Summary: Attention Deficit Disorders and their hallmark characteristics of impulsivity and inattentiveness can compromise a child's ability to reach his potential. When coupled with the adolescent's struggle for control and independence, Attention Deficit Disorder can present these teens, their families, educators, and treatment professionals with special issues and challenges that, left untreated, can negatively impact home and school life.

Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits, unique in its expanded focus on adolescents and its comprehensive coverage of ADD and ADHD, describes the three main types of the disorder, the diagnostic process, and treatment strategies. Although the title specifically names teenagers, this book is also an excellent resource for all school age students. It examines typically occurring behaviors and offers guidance for dealing with:

  • The latest brain research on ADHD
  • Diagnosis & treatment
  • Reframing and building upon the student's strengths
  • Common learning problems and academic failure
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Critical coexisting conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Abuse
  • Executive function deficits
  • Behavioral issues: defiance, speeding tickets, suicide risk, & brushes with law enforcement
  • Medications
  • Truancy & school suspensions
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Legal rights & Federal laws
  • Ideas for accommodations for either IEPs or RtI
  • Life after high school-what next?
  • Student success stories

Based upon the most current diagnostic criteria available (DSM-V) and incorporating ADD/ADHD literature and research, Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits is a one-stop, indispensable resource for parents, teachers, psychologists, physicians, and other professionals who work with adolescents. The book was written by an educator and mental health professional, and mother who has raised two teenage sons with attention deficits.

Parents and professionals alike will find a wealth of intervention suggestions in tables and appendices that can be reproduced and shared. These include

  • Specific treatment strategies
  • Common learning problems, behaviors observed, and classroom accommodations
  • Federal laws governing ADD and ADHD
  • US DOE 9/91 policy memo re: services and classroom accommodations for students with ADD
  • Memo for teachers re: impact of ADD/ADHD on school performance
  • Sample IEPs and accommodations included in Section 504 Plans
  • Documenting eligibility for Other Health Impaired (OHI) services
  • Medication impact on school work, effectiveness, timing and doses

Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits is recommended reading for parents and families, educators, and administrators, treatment professionals, and anyone interested in helping children and teens overcome their difficulties to become well-adjusted and productive young adults.

Book Reviews

"This book is a rarity that will richly reward the reader with its science-based information on the disorder, its coverage of the available evidence-based treatments, and especially its sage wisdom and personal advice from a parent of an ADHD teenager who has been in 'the trenches' of family life with ADHD. From that vast experience Chris has extracted unique advice and numerous insights that can benefit other parents trying to raise well-adjusted teens with ADHD."

-Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Medical University of South Carolina

This 3rd edition of Chris Dendy's guide for parents of teenagers with ADHD provides a wealth of down-to-earth, practical information about how to recognize, understand and deal sensibly with ADHD/executive function impairments in teens. Based on real-life experiences, it provides compassionate, useful advice about medications, negotiating with school staff, resolving parent-teen conflicts, and much more. It also includes "words of wisdom" from 15 teens with ADHD looking back on their struggles and successes with ADHD after they reach age 30 and beyond. Very worthwhile reading for professionals and parents!

-Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., Director of Brown Clinics for Attention & Related Disorders
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Keck Medical School of University of Southern California
author of Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children & Adults

TWA was my Bible when my sons were struggling during their teenage years. In fact, it may be the only reason we all survived those years! I still recommend to parents of every teen with ADHD that I come across and I'm thrilled with this updated edition which provides even more information for parents and educators alike.

-Evelyn Polk Green, MS.Ed.
Immediate Past President
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

"Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits is easy to follow and understand, and powerfully intuitive. Reading it felt like having my best friend, favorite teacher, and personal champion all sitting next to me at the kitchen table! Parents of ADHD teenagers need to know they're not alone; Dendy's third edition understands the hopes, fears, and frustrations we face, and can actually help!"

-Jeremy Didier
CHADD Coordinator of ADHDKC, and Parent Coach of ImpactADHD

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