Review of the Book ‘1000 Best Tips for ADHD’

Author: Susan Ashley, PhD

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If you are parenting, raising, and loving a child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be faced with many day-to-day challenging situations and circumstances. It can often be hard to know the best parenting approach to take: sometimes what worked yesterday doesn’t work today. You may have also found that an approach that works with your children who don’t have ADHD doesn't work with your child who has ADHD.

Parenting a child with ADHD requires a lot of creativity, patience, and resourcefulness. Learning to live with the ADHD -- rather than against it -- is key. The more you know about ADHD, and the unique way it comes into play in your child’s life and in your family’s life, the better position you will be in to find effective solutions.

1000 Best Tips for ADHD: Expert Answers and Bright Advice to Help You and Your Child

Books are a great way to increase your knowledge about ADHD, and there are many wonderful books available for parents of children with ADHD. One book that I highly recommend is 1000 Best Tips for ADHD, by Susan Ashley, PhD (Sourcebooks 2012).

1000 Best Tips for ADHD provides parents with solutions to some of the most common challenges you may face raising a child with ADHD. The book is concise and easy-to-read. Its format allows parents to quickly flip through the pages to find the problem they are trying to manage, turn to the appropriate chapter, and find many solutions.

The solutions are clearly written and easy for parents to implement.

Because a “one size fits all” approach does not work with children who have ADHD, Dr. Ashley provides a multitude of evidence-based strategies that parents can try for specific problems. In the beginning of the book, she walks you through the process of how to determine if a solution is working, and when to go back to the list of tips to try a new one.

And yes, there are exactly 1000 tips you can use to manage the challenges ADHD can bring about in your child’s, and your family’s, lives! In addition, knowing that parents of children with ADHD often have to deal with unwanted (and often inaccurate) advice from others about how to parent, Dr. Ashley also provides a section at the end of her book on “Tips for Other People’s Opinions.” These additional tips will help you feel better-prepared and in more control of the best way to respond when others initiate these conversations, or share unsolicited opinions.

Book Chapters and Topics

Information in 1000 Best Tips for ADHD is organized in the following ways:

Getting Started

  • Tips for DIAGNOSIS
  • Tips for ACCEPTANCE
  • Tips for MEDICATION

Common AD/HD Behavior

  • Tips for BETTER BEHAVIOR
  • Tips for ANGER
  • Tips for FIDGETING
  • Tips for FOCUSING
  • Tips for FORGETFULNESS
  • Tips for INTERRUPTING

Tips for a Happy Home

  • Tips for CHORES
  • Tips for EATING
  • Tips for ORGANIZATION
  • Tips for SIBLING RIVALRY
  • Tips for STUDYING
  • Tips for TECHNOLOGY
  • Tips for BEDTIME

Tips to Help Your Child Excel in School

  • Tips for the CLASSROOM
  • Tips for TEACHERS
  • Tips for SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • Tips for EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
  • Tips for HOMEWORK
  • Tips for MATH
  • Tips for READING
  • Tips for SPELLING
  • Tips for WRITING
  • Tips for GRADES

Tips for Healthy Social Interactions

  • Tips for SOCIAL SKILLS
  • Tips for PERSONAL SPACE
  • Tips for PUBLIC BEHAVIOR
  • Tips for SELF-ESTEEM

Tips for Parenting

  • Tips for COOPERATION
  • Tips for PUNISHMENT
  • Tips for REWARDS
  • Tips for TANTRUMS
  • Tips for TIME MANAGEMENT
  • Tips for MARRIAGE
  • Tips for VACATIONS
  • Tips for OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS

To learn more about 1000 Best Tips for ADHD, visit Dr. Ashley’s website at AshleyPsychology.com.

Additional Reading:
6 Things You Need to Know About ADHD
5 Things Your Teen Needs to Know About ADHD
Is ADD the Same Thing as ADHD?

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