Resources and Links
There is a tremendous amount of information available in books and on the Internet about attention problems and help for them. And there are some community resources available too. Search and read with some care; you will find quite a few sites pushing their own point of view, and usually their own products as well.
Here is a listing of of books and websites we think may help. You can find dozens or hundreds with any search engine, or go to Amazon.com and search there. Please recommend others you may know of.
ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know by American Academy of Pediatrics. This is our favorite. It's well balanced, practical, and not too difficult to read. Get it at Amazon.
You Mean I'm Not Crazy, Stupid, or Lazy? by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo. A classic. For adults with ADD, written by adults with ADD. Here
Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey. A classic. Here.
Otto Learns About His Medicine by Matthew Galvin. An easy explanation of the why and how of ADD medicines. Here.
Jumpin' Johnny Get Back to Work! : A Child's Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity by Michael Gordon. Aimed at younger kids, but older ones won't be offended. Here.
My Brother's a World-Class Pain: A Sibling's Guide to Adhd-Hyperactivity Also by Michael Gordon. Here
One problem with many ADD websites is ... they're too complex, dense, and just plain big for people with ADD to read comfortably. If your child has the disorder, you can probably read all of these. If you're challenged yourself, try the "intro" pages and try not to be overwhelmed.
A very useful and informative magazine, but also an extensive website with plenty of advise, columns, forums, and hints.
The About.com website is a vast encyclopedia of information about everything you can think of. Their section on ADD contains dozens of articles, topics, tools, forums, and links you may find useful.
CHADD is a national organization that supports families concerned with attention disorders.
"We're people just like you, dedicated to providing information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and the professionals who serve them. "
Basic info, and much easier to read and sort through than some others.
|"Information, tools, and support for people whose lives are touched by ADHD."|
A simpler and easier-to-read site, featuring articles, gadgets, and more resource links.
Online forums on every topic you can think of that relates to ADD. Read experiences from those who've been there already. Folks are usually willing to share experiences and advice. Just remember that most posters are not mental health professionals, and every case is different.
If it's about ADD and can be sold, you'll find it here. Resources on other challenges too, including autism, bipolar disorder, and learning problems.
News, information, resources, and lots of links. Very thorough, but very big.