Chances are, this isn't the first book you've picked up on ADHD. But where can you turn when you've mastered the basics and "doing everything right" isn't enough - the insurer denies your claims, parent-teacher meetings get tense, or those motivating star charts no longer encourage good behavior? When the system isn't working for your child, you need from-the-trenches advice on who to call, what to ask, how to improve your odds of getting the best care for your child, when to try a new approach, and when not to take "no" for an answer. That's when Dr. Peter Jensen can help. Dr. Jensen has spent years generating ways to make the healthcare and education systems work, for his own family, as the father of a son with ADHD, and - as a scientific expert and dedicated parent advocate - for thousands of others. No one knows more about managing the complexities of the disorder and the daily hurdles it raises. Now Dr. Jensen pulls together his own experiences along with those of over 80 other parents who have navigated the education and treatment maze.
Their accumulated wisdom - flavored with insight, compassion, and even a dash of humor - make this exactly the resource you've been looking for. Making the System Work is an entire support network you can take along on your journey to helping your child succeed. You get vital information on the services you're entitled to and invaluable ideas for how you can: * Break through bureaucratic bottlenecks at school - and boost your child's learning * Communicate with teachers - or family members - who don't "believe in" ADHD * Stay on top of treatment advances while steering clear of unscientific claims * Successfully appeal insurance decisions without going broke in the process * Find real alternatives if the behavioral incentives you use stop working * Build your child's friendship skills and make group activities more rewarding * Work as a team with your spouse to be the best advocates for your child Nearly every page includes candid comments from other parents and shares hard-won ideas for overcoming common problems in treatment.
With a variety of tools and resources at your fingertips, you'll be able to shape a clear plan of action when the IEP isn't working or chaos rules at home. If plan A doesn't work, try plan B or C - the support and information here will help you find the best solutions for your own child and family. There's lots of help out there for kids with ADHD, but getting it isn't always easy. Dr. Jensen helps you troubleshoot the system without reinventing the wheel. Written with intimate knowledge of the challenges you face, this may not be the first book you've picked up on ADHD - but it's one you will turn to again and again.
"Finally, a book that really talks about what parents have to do to make things work when their child has been diagnosed with ADHD! This is an amazing book, and every parent whose child has ADHD should read this and apply it. I wish I had had this guide at the start of the process in my own family, but I am glad that others will have it, hopefully much earlier in their own process. Thank you, Dr. Jensen, and thank you to all the parents whose marvelous and moving stories are included here. This book is a godsend."--Barbara Huff, Executive Director, Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
"A practical, helpful, and easy-to-understand book that informs parents and helps them take charge of their child's care. Many excellent strategies are provided to enhance parents' effectiveness as decision makers and advocates."--Patricia H. Latham, JD, coauthor of Attention Deficit Disorder and the Law
"This must-read book acknowledges that 'ADHD is not a sprint; it's a marathon.' Comprehensive and clear, it outlines a sane and safe approach to tackling all the tough issues you face as a parent: making medication decisions, safeguarding your child's educational rights, and much more. You'll especially enjoy Dr. Jensen's real-life anecdotes, particularly those about coping with his own son's ADHD."--Ellen Kingsley, Editor-in-Chief, ADDitude Magazine
"This is an exceptional book on a sadly overlooked topic that cries out for serious attention. Thank you, Dr. Jensen, for so richly filling this void for parents of children with ADHD. Few could rival Dr. Jensen's qualifications--as clinical professional, government insider, and sensitive parent--for writing this highly informative book that guides parents through the byzantine process of obtaining professional assistance for their child through the health care, educational, and community systems. Parents, take note: there is simply no comparable book on this topic, and none so useful. I only wish I had written it."--Russell A. Barkley, PhD, author of Taking Charge of ADHD; Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
"Dr. Jensen is one of the smartest and wisest child psychiatrists around. In this groundbreaking book, he gives parents his authoritative knowledge in a form they can easily use and reliably turn to. This book guides you through the wilderness of looking for help, and will bring you to the help you may have been seeking for years. This book is a masterpiece, and best of all, it is practical, useful, and unpretentious."--Edward Hallowell, MD, coauthor of Driven to Distraction
"This is the best book I have ever seen that gives you the 'inside story' on getting the help you need for your child with ADHD. Dr. Jensen and his panel of expert parents show you how to navigate the system like a pro--and offer reassurance that you're not in this alone. This book helps parents and caregivers orchestrate a master plan for the care of their child and develop key partnerships within healthcare and educational settings. Kudos to Dr. Jensen and the many parents who share their thoughts, feelings, and stories in these pages."--Beth A. Kaplanek, RN, mother of a child with ADHD and past president of CHADD