First I wish to note that my son who is ADHD, and is using Ritalin, is creative and fully functional with excitement all around him. He has bright impossible ideas and has all the positives an ADHD can have. Except that lots of the negative spontaneous comments and actions have minimized. It makes it much easier for me as a parent to teach him behavioral and life skills because he is calmer and easier to communicate with.
Some reviews dislike the book because it supports medication in addition to behavioral skills. The exercises that these reviews mention may work theoretically, but you would need lots of time and resources on the part of the parent and lots of cooperation on part of the child, besides all the parenting skills that need to be taught with much more patients than with non-ADHD children. For working parents this may be operation impossible. After all said and done, even for parents that have all the time in the world, the child will be busy either with school or with exercise, and almost nothing else.
I've checked the reviews on Amazon.com. Someone posted a very positive and informative review back in January, and the that review already has 110 Helpful hits.
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"Dr. Barkley is a foremost researcher who has devoted his career to teaching and helping those with ADHD. This book brings together in one place everything that parents need to cope with daily challenges and make important decisions about their child's care. Dr. Barkley's knowledge, brilliance, and dedication shine through on every page like a beacon of hope."--Edward M. Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction"An invaluable, comprehensive resource. The book arms you with the most current scientific facts, including a clear explanation of executive functions and their role in ADHD. Dr. Barkley has a gift for providing practical, easy-to-understand guidance that empowers you to become an effective advocate for your child."--Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, MS, parent and author of Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits
"Dr. Barkley helps parents make order out of chaos and problem-solve more effectively. That’s what I love about this book! Taking Charge treats parents respectfully and intelligently. You'll go back repeatedly--maybe even every day--to the sections on becoming an executive parent and managing life with ADHD."--Mary Fowler, parent and author of Maybe You Know My Kid
"This book features pioneering research that provides new insight into preventing ADHD from becoming a major obstacle in a child's (and parent's) life....Parents will appreciate having this book on hand, and teachers will want a copy to show parents who are ready for a resource."(Intervention in School and Clinic 2013-05-17)
"If any professional knows about ADHD, it is Russell Barkley.... All in all, this is a splendid book."(Child and Family Behavior Therapy 2013-05-17)
"An excellent and readable book that will empower parents of children with ADHD."(NAMI Advocate (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 2013-05-17)
"This is not just another book. This is a great book....Although aimed at parents, it has something for everyone involved with ADHD kids: teachers, psychologists, doctors, and family. I am not going to lend this book to parents (although I will show it to them) because they need to buy it so they have it on hand to read and reread."(Pediatric News 2013-05-17)
"This book is unique in its up-to-date and clear presentation of the scientific underpinnings of the disorder and the pragmatic, empirically based approach to intervention that it encourages. It is also very well organized and readable; it is probably the best available resource of this type."(Doody's Health Sciences Book Review 2013-05-17)
"I certainly plan to recommend this book to parents...It empowers parents to take charge of the life of their child with ADHD rather than feel constantly distressed and overwhelmed by the special needs of these unique children."(Canadian Medical Association Journal 2013-05-17)
"I am always looking for the best book, the right book or the latest book. Let me tell you about one: Russell A. Barkley, PhD's, Taking Charge of ADHD."(Psychiatric Times 2013-05-17)
"An excellent resource for parents, clinicians, and teachers."(Child Psychology and Psychiatry Review 2013-05-17)
About the Author
Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families since the 1970s and is the author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child. He has also published six assessment scales and more than 280 scientific articles and book chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, executive functioning, and childhood defiance, and is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, Dr. Barkley is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the APA, among other honors. His website is www.russellbarkley.org.
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- Publisher : The Guilford Press; 3rd edition (April 15 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 363 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1462507891
- ISBN-13 : 978-1462507894
- Item weight : 608 g
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 3.18 x 25.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in Canada on January 21, 2019
Excellent overview on ADHD with many practical steps and directions to significantly assist and inform families who experience ADHD
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Reviewed in Canada on August 24, 2015
This book is full of practical information in an easy-to-read style. It has helped me understand how to effectively respond to the behaviour of my ADHD grand-daughter, and to reinforce my daughter's response.
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This book is amazing! It has helped me a lot to improve ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2015
This book is amazing! It has helped me a lot to improve myself as a parent and to understand my child better. It has enriched my understanding of the disorder and provided me with clarity to make decision on what therapy to use, on what topics to discuss with the doctors and professionals , what questions to raise, what tips and advice could school teachers use in the classroom to support my child. I definitely recommend to every parent of children with ADHD as well the other book for adults ADHD
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Very informativeReviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2018
As a parent new to the diagnosis of ADHD I have found this book exceptionally valuable in understanding ADHD. I would recommend any book written by R Berkeley including his You Tube videos about the condition of ADHD, parenting ADHD and how to be the executive parent for your child with this diagnosis. Already his books and videos have informed me well enough to deal with school, medical appointments and general life experiences with a knowledgeable and informed grasp of ADHD. Thank you Dr R Berkeley.
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This book has been amazingly useful in helping me to understand my son's condition and ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 16, 2016
This book has been amazingly useful in helping me to understand my son's condition and given me invaluable advice in finding creative ways to support him more effectively. It also gave me reassurance that the problems we experience are pretty standard for ADHD sufferers and I am not failing as a parent.
3 people found this helpful
Excellent book. Very informative and useful in helping us ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2017
Excellent book. Very informative and useful in helping us understand how to help, manage and support a child with ADHD. I particularly like that it is very evidence based, with good clear referencing and perspective on all sources of information. It has good supports and plans in it for helping younger children and a great additional reading and supports listing at the back.
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A must for all parents with kids who have ADHDReviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2019
Well written, easy to read, and really helpful if your kid has ADHD. Read is after being recommended by my kids psychiatrist, it's that good that the doctors recommend it.
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