A Parent’s Guide To ADHD Understanding Helping Your Child

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition affecting the parts of the brain that control attention and activity. People with ADHD often have trouble staying focused, being organized and planning activities. Children with ADHD face unique challenges in learning and social interaction.

Parenting a child with ADHD can be overwhelming. The following information and resources will help you learn about ADHD and share information with other parents.

Quick Facts Book Materials Online Resources Online Communities Forums

Quick Facts

  • ADHD has a strong genetic component and often runs in families. (NIMH)
  • An ADHD diagnose does not mean that a child is not smart. People of all intelligence levels have ADHD. (Focalin XR)
  • Approximately 60% to 80% of children with ADHD will still display symptoms as teens and adults, though symptoms may become less severe over time. (About Kids Health)
  • Around the world, approximately 5%, or 1 in 20 children are diagnosed with ADHD. (About Kids Health)
  • Boys are 2 times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. Behavioral differences often cause girls to be misdiagnosed. (Psychiatry 24 x 7)
  • Environmental factors, particularly early childhood exposure to lead, may contribute to a higher risk of developing ADHD. (NIMH)
  • Many children with ADHD also suffer from other psychological issues, including anxiety and clinical depression. (Net Doctor)
  • The highest percentages of children receiving medication for ADHD are between 9 and 12 years old. (CDC)

Book Materials :

  • 50 Activities and Games for Kids with ADHD: Kids will learn strategies for managing ADHD, read about kids like them, and enjoy the games, puzzles and activities in this book.
  • ADHD & Me: This book is a memoir written by a 17 year-old boy with ADHD. It is an honest account of his positive and negative experiences growing up with ADHD. 
  • Alphabet Kids: This book describes more than 70 childhood disorders and explains how many childhood disorders are interrelated.
  • From Chaos to Calm: This book describes parenting techniques, teaching strategies and other methods for helping kids with ADHD, OCD and other disorders.
  • It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: This book is a valuable resource for parents struggling to help their children with social problems associated with ADHD.
  • Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: This workbook is full of tips to help kids deal with ADHD in every situation.
  • Many Ways to Learn: A children’s guide to learning disabilities, this book explains different types of learning disabilities and offers advice for coping with them.  
  • Maybe You Know My Teen: In this book, the author shares her experiences parenting a son with ADHD, and personal anecdotes from other families. This book also includes the latest scientific research and the author’s advice on dealing with ADHD related issues.   
  • Otto Learns About His Medicine: This story helps very young children learn about ADHD medication, through the story of Otto, a car who has trouble slowing down.
  • Parenting Children with ADHD: In this book, the author shares 10 lessons on how to help children with ADHD succeed. The author explains, in simple language, how medication, nutrition and behavioral therapies can lead to greater success.
  • Taking Charge of ADHD: Taking Charge of ADHD is a comprehensive guidebook for parents and teachers. It is well organized, easy to read and informative on a variety of ADHD related topics.
  • Teenagers with ADD and ADHD: A guidebook for parents of children with ADHD, this book includes new sections on medications and their effectiveness and organizational strategies for teenagers with ADHD.
  • The Girls’ Guide to ADD/ADHD: This book is written for teen girls with ADD and ADHD, but may be equally valuable for parents and teens who want to understand the unique challenges faced by girls with ADHD.
  • The Motivation Breakthrough: This book will help parents learn how to properly motivate children to perform in school by identifying their motivational style.
  • The Organized Student: This book helps parents encourage their children with ADHD to implement organizational strategies for school, to alleviate some of the challenges associated with ADHD.
  • The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD: This book offers advice for parents of children with ADHD, including quizzes and progress charts, how to tell if medication is working and more.
  • Understanding Girls with ADHD: This book helps parents understand the unique issues faced by girls with ADHD, who are often misdiagnosed and misunderstood.  Age-appropriate checklists help parents recognize symptoms of ADHD in girls.

Online Resources:

  • About.com ADD/ADHD: This blog presents posts and articles on wide-ranging ADD and ADHD related topics. Posts are categorized to help parents quickly find the information they need.  
  • Adders.org: Adders presents reprinted articles, academic papers and information on ADHD topics including strategies for all ages, coaching, education, and natural remedies.
  • ADHD Family Online: ADHD Family Online includes informative articles, interviews, strategies, advocacy information and links to other resources.
  • ADHD News: ADHD News is a comprehensive resource that includes information on diagnosis, treatment, and parenting children with ADHD, links, a store and message boards.
  • ADHD Support: ADHD Support’s resources include discussion guides and checklists, information on education rights, organizational tips and links to other ADHD resources.  
  • American Psychological Association: APA is an authoritative site offering news, information, advice and links on ADHD.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association:  ADDA provides links to informational articles on ADD and ADHD; many are linked from other websites.
  • Attitude Mag Printables: Attitude Mag offers a number of printable brochures and information sheets on a variety of topics, including treatment, school and learning disabilities, parenting and more.
  • CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder presents a wealth of information and resources. Parents can read about ADHD diagnosis and treatments, learn about their children’s legal rights, search for resources in their local area and more.
  • Edge Foundation:  Edge Foundation pairs coaches with students, helping them succeed in school and beyond. The site also includes a blog, reporting the latest news and information on ADHD.
  • Family Education: This page is a collection of resources on ADHD, including diagnosis, treatment, learning and more.
  • Inside ADHD: Inside ADHD presents information specifically for parents and families. The site also offers ADHD toolkits for specific age groups.
  • LD Online:LD Online is a resource about ADHD and learning disabilities. The site includes sections especially for parents, teachers and students, expert advice and links to other resources.
  • MedJunction ADHD Articles: MedJunction presents a number of articles, written by community members, on all aspects of life with ADHD.
  • National Resource Center on ADHD: This website provides information on ADHD, diagnosis and treatment, legal systems, insurance, educational challenges, and other resources.
  • Newideas.net ADHD Information Library: Newideas.net provides articles on ADHD topics, which are arranged into categories including children, teenagers, parents, diet, treatments and more.
  • Outside the Box: This website, written by the mother of a child with ADHD, offers information for parents and teachers, current news and research and encouragement for those living with ADHD.
  • Psych Central ADHD Resources: Psych Central provides several pages of informational articles on a variety of ADHD issues.

Online Communities & Forums :

  • About.com ADD/ADHD Forum: The About.com forums facilitate discussion on a full range of ADD and ADHD related topics, including medication, parenting, school, special women’s ADHD issues, and general life issues.
  • ADD Forums: This community forum includes discussion on a wide variety of topics, including issues unique to women and men, parenting children with ADHD, co-existing conditions, research and more. Registration is required.
  • ADHD News Message Boards: These active boards discuss very specific ADHD-related subjects and range beyond ADHD kids’ topics.
  • Attitude Magazine ADHD Forum: These forums include boards on a variety of ADHD topics, including relationships, parenting, learning disabilities and more.
  • CHADD Communities: This community, run by non-profit Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder provides a community for parents of children with ADHD. Registration is required.
  • E Health ADD and ADHD Forum: This forum is unique in covering both ADD and ADHD related issues, and featuring answers from members and medical professionals.
  • Living with ADD/ADHD Forum: The Living with ADD/ADHD forums are categorized to allow users to discuss ADHD and share information on marriage, children, medications and other ADHD related topics.  
  • MD Junction ADHD Support Forums: These forums provide a venue for support and discussion on ADHD related issues and general topics.
  • Psych Forums ADHD Forum: This forum gives parents the opportunity to ask questions and read others’ stories about ADD and ADHD. Registration is required.
  • Topix ADHD Forum: The Topix forum is not divided by topic, and instead lists topics in chronological order. Forum posts vary and include several topics.