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
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.