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Parent picks: Great books on AD/HD

Bookstore shelves are overflowing with books on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or AD/HD. Some are perceptive and helpful, others not so much. So how's a parent to choose? To help narrow the field, we turned to a mom who's "been there, done that."

By Karen Lowry

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The Shut-Down Learner

The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child
by Richard Selznick
Sentient (January 2009), $16

I love this book because Dr. Selznick explains how while not all children learn the same way, they are often taught with methodologies that don't work for the spatial learner. Self-esteem takes a beating when a child sees his friends "getting it." So these bright, gifted children are left to feel stupid, not only because they can't learn the way others do, but also because the expectations of the teachers are that they should be learning. This was a great help to me in beginning to understand my child and advocate for his education.

Karen Lowry, the mother of a 12-year-old with AD/HD, is a nurse and Parent2Parent-certified AD/HD family instructor for Children and Adults With ADD. Her book, The Seventh Inning Sit: A Journey of ADHD, about her son’s experience in the public school system, won a 2009 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Comments from readers

"My son has AD/HD along witha diagnosis of Mild-Moderate Noonan syndrome. My husband is in the military, and we are stationed overseas. We are struggling because they do not have the resouces here to help us. He is such a precious boy, but I see the glimmer leaving. We left a wonderful school in TX, and my son has really struggled with it. I was wondering if anyone has advice or knows anything about Noonans that would be helpful. Thank you for any advice or help. "