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Overcoming ADHD: Helping Your Child Become Calm, Engaged, and Focused--Without a Pill

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This wise and informative guide applies Stanley Greenspan's much admired developmental approach to a very common disorder. In his distinctive and original view, ADHD is not a single problem, but rather a set of common symptoms that arise from several different sensory, motor, and self-regulation problems. As in his highly successful earlier books and in his practice, Green ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published 2009)
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Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Dr. Greenspan postulates that what is called ADHD is actually a group of symptoms that can have very different root causes. He focuses on improving the child's (or adult's) skills in a few general areas: motor control, sequencing, sensory modulation and reflective (or more abstract) thinking. I'm completely on board with his approach to teaching those with ADHD the skills they need to function well in society. Many of the skills he discusses seem to be inborn in those without ADHD or at least ea ...more
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Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-read
as i delve into the diagnosis of adhd and oppistional defiant disorder, and debate whether to medicate or not, this book gives useful ideas that easy to try and work easier for the child that traditional behavior modifaction. I marked over75% of this book as things I want to try, things to avoid or things to research
Oct 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is much conflicting advice for parent of kids with ADD and ADHD, especially advice that is anti-medication. This book shoots for something more behavior oriented and less medication dependent, but doesn't dismiss the usefulness of medication outright.

It was interesting and useful to see Greenspan break out attention issues into their many possible aspects. For instance one kid might be overstimulated by his environment and unable to focus, but another might be understimulated and not resp
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
My son's occupational therapist recommended this book to me to help me better understand his behavior as a "sensory seeker," which is a type of sensory processing disorder that falls under the umbrella of ADHD. I appreciate Dr. Greenspan's comprehensive and developmental approach to treating ADHD. He advocates a program that strengthens abilities and addresses root causes such as difficulty with motor planning and sequencing. This is not a quick fix book; rather, this a book gives parents and ca ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this book very encouraging to read. The author gave lots of insight into a number of different biological factors which could have an impact on attention span.... and he also addresses cultural factors as well, which I really appreciated - as the mom of an active boy I get tired of unrealistic expectations being heaped on boys merely because culturally, expectations have now changed....

I took pages of notes and have a starting point for further research into different areas to help my so
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book is full of good intentions, but lacking a solid execution. I'm not overly familiar with his other books, but this one focuses on topics usually covered by an occupational therapist, which I don't think he is. Overall, the message is a solid one, but I think the book is only useful if you have experience with OT or are working with one and would like help creating a game plan for occupational therapy.
Emily Cerda
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a parent with a newly diagnosed ADHD child, I found this book both encouraging and informative. Granted, I was starting with nothing - I didn't know any of the facets of ADHD and certainly had no idea about how the symptoms break down into motor, sensory, or emotional development. This book gives me hope, and a place to begin!
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Refreshing and thought-provoking. I'm sorry Dr. Greenspan is gone and we won't hear any more of his thoughts.
Nov 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, medical
similar to "difficult" children book
Dec 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Not what I needed to know...
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some of the suggestions in this book seemed a bit out there, but it is one of the few books I read that did not put medication in the list of first options.
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Kahri Lynn
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Has some great strategies to try to work with your child toward improvement. Gives hope.
Jun 05, 2012 added it
Interesting but not one of my favorites on this topic!
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