Please note: Being listed here is not per se an endorsement of
any particular site or email list. I have included annotations for those sites
or lists that I am familiar with and strongly recommend.
A few words on ADHD
ADHD is both under-diagnosed and over-diagnosed. Many bored gifted kids
are misdiagnosed as having ADHD. The problem is that parents of gifted
kids with ADHD are often told, especially on the gifted email lists, "your child
doesn't really have ADHD, s/he's just a bored gifted child." My
co-listowner and I founded the
GT-Special email list because we needed a place where we could discuss our
gifted/ADHD kids without having to constantly argue about whether or not our
kids had ADHD.
In this online
chapter from his book Scattered:
How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates And What You Can Do About It,
Gabor Mate has given an excellent picture of what life is like for people with
Outside the Box - ADHD Resources for Misunderstood Kids
The About.com Guide to: Attention Deficit Disorder has lots of good
ADD Consults has a nice selection of articles at
Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet? is a site devoted to
families with ADHD/Inattentive kids.
Update - David Rabiner, Ph.D. puts out this free e-newsletter. Dr. Rabiner
does a thorough and extremely competent job summarizing the latest papers on
ADHD from medical journals. As a statistician who used to work in psychiatry
research, I have been impressed by his knowledge of research methodology and the
soundness of his critiques.
Past newsletters are at
Born to Explore! The Other Side of ADD
Thom Hartmann has a different, somewhat controversial, perspective on ADHD
The article "Dealing with Difference: Diagnostic Labels, the Hunter-Farmer
Metaphor, and Self-Referential Terms of Identity and Affiliation" by Margi Nowak
is a thoughtful critique.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
Pete Quily's site lists Canadian ADHD Support Groups by Province
Email Lists/Bulletin Boards
ADDPARENTS: to join this email list, send a message to
In the mail message, type only:
Support group for any adults who have ADD/ADHD in their lives as parents,
adults with ADHD, and spouses.
Parent’s Place has an ADD/ADHD Board at:
LD Online has a parent ADHD kids board at
Books on AD/HD
ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen
Nadeau. Written by people who really understand why it's so difficult for
people with ADD to organize their time and space.
Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception by Thom Hartmann.
Underwood Books. Hartmann looks at people with ADHD as "hunters in a
farmer's world" - valuable for their creativity and energy.
Gifted Children With AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits by Deirdre Lovecky.
I'm very excited about this new book - I just got my copy and am avidly reading
Dr. Lovecky knows our kids like no one else. This book is filled with well
documented information on gifted kids, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, and how
these syndromes look different in gifted children. Lots of references.
It is a dense book, because it is so full of info and research findings, and
very worth the time and effort to read. Definitely a "must buy" for
anyone parenting or working with gifted children with AD/HD and/or Asperger
Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey. Simon &
Schuster. The classic "starter" book for learning about ADHD. The authors
have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to have ADHD, as well as being
knowledgeable about care and management.
Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of
Your A.D.D. Child by Jeff Freed & Laurie Parsons. Simon & Fireside. Good
for visual-spatial children, as well as ADD.
It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their
Parents by Harold Koplewicz. Times Books. This book discusses diagnosis,
treatment, and prognosis for ADD, OCD, separation anxiety, social phobia,
generalized anxiety disorder, enuresis/bedwetting, Tourette Syndrome,
depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, conduct disorders, and
autism spectrum disorders.
How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates And What You Can Do About It by Gabor Mate
Teaching the Tiger: A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of
Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder by Marilyn P. Dornbush & Sheryl K. Pruitt.
Hope Press. A reference book for parents and educators of students with
Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, and/or Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder, describing how these disorders affect students on all levels -
cognitive, behavioral, emotional - and providing practical suggestions.
Overwhelmed by all the terminology and abbreviations? In addition to the
acronyms page at this site, there's an excellent
Dictionary for Parents of Children with Disabilities (in PDF format, you need
to read it) at
http://www.usd.edu/cd/dictionary/. It is also available as a website
(but may take a long time to load) at
http://www.usd.edu/cd/dictionary/dictionary.htm. There's a shorter
"Glossary and Guide to Acronyms" (also in PDF) by Leslie Packer, Ph.D., at
Another dictionary can be found at
http://www.feat.org/legal/speddict.htm and another list of acronyms at
Friday October 06, 2006