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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 ADHD:  http://www.whenthebodysaysno.ca/scattered/ch2.htm


Outside the Box - ADHD Resources for Misunderstood Kids

The About.com Guide to: Attention Deficit Disorder has lots of good information

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.

Attention Research 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 http://www.helpforadd.com/archives.htm

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 sllist@ourfriends.com
In the mail message, type only:
               subscribe addparents

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.

Different Minds: 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 it. 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 Syndrome.

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.

Scattered: 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 Adobe Acrobat 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 http://www.tourettesyndrome.net/Files/Conditions/Glossary2002.pdf
Another dictionary can be found at http://www.feat.org/legal/speddict.htm and another list of acronyms at http://www.feat.org/legal/terms.html

Last updated Friday October 06, 2006

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       ~ Anne Sullivan (Helen Keller's Teacher)

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