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ADHD - Top Resources for Information on ADHD and Executive Functioning

The North Shore Pediatric (NSP) Therapy agency of Chicago, IL provides current resources for parents and families wishing to learn more about ADHD:

Top Resources for Information on ADHD and Executive Functioning 

  1. Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents, authored by Russell Barkley (2013).  This book provides parents with evidence-based interventions regarding ADHD.  It is well-written and easily readable, while providing parents and practitioners with the latest research-supported information regarding ADHD and various interventions.
  2. Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention, authored by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare (2010). This book is aimed at practitioners that work with children with Executive Functioning concerns.  It may be a little research-heavy for some parents; however, it is a wonderful resource for therapists and educators.  It includes basic research on Executive Functioning as well as modifications that can help children and adolescents with a variety of Executive  Functioning issues including disorganization, inflexibility, initiation of tasks, and monitoring work.
  3. Late, Lost, and Unprepared:  A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning, authored by Dietzel and J. Cooper-Kahn.  This is a fantastic resource that provides information about Executive Functioning and strategies to help with organization, problem-solving, and task initiation. This is reader-friendly and provides great information that can be implemented in home and school settings.
  4. ADDitude Magazine -  This is a quarterly magazine and website that provides research-based information to parents regarding a host of topics associated with ADHD.  The advisory board for this magazine and website includes some of the best-known researchers who ensure high-quality information.
  5. CHADD:  Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder -   CHADD is a national, non-profit organization that strives to provide parents and therapists with the latest information regarding ADHD.  There are many resources available through this website and organization, and the information is truly empirically-based.

NSP notes that these are just a few of the many resources that are available for parents, educators, and therapists regarding ADHD and Executive Functioning.  These resources should be considered just one component of the puzzle of information regarding diagnosis and treatment.