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Wild Child : How You Can Help Your Child with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Other Behavioral Disorders - Don Mordasini

Wild Child

How You Can Help Your Child with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Other Behavioral Disorders

Paperback Published: 23rd March 2001
ISBN: 9780789011022
Number Of Pages: 260

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How can you help the ADD child in your life?Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is one of the most discussed yet least understood childhood disorders today. Here is a book that delivers the answers people are looking for Wild Child explains the symptoms, thinking patterns, and behavior of children and adolescents with ADD in terms that are understandable by parents and grandparents, yet relevant to the professionals who deal with these children. It outlines specific strategies that you can use to cope with the vast array of behavior, hyperactivity, and inattention problems experienced by children with ADD. The concepts outlined in Wild Child will show you how to bond more closely with children who tend to alienate them, and help children feel better about themselves, aiding them in their quest to master their specific challenges. Because this book is written from the inside, explaining what the symptoms feel like from the perspective of someone with ADD as well as from the perspective of someone with an ADD child, readers will easily identify with the author.This valuable book will help you and the ADD child in your life by helping you to: build your personal confidence in dealing with ADD children and teens through knowledge and understanding deal with specific problems in your family or patients build esteem and sound emotional infrastructures in ADD children and empower them to take control of their livesWild Child features: tables and motivational charts that illustrate how to work with an ADD child checklists that adults can use if the suggested interventions fail with a particular childADD is truly a hidden disability, and the children suffering with it are usually labeled wild, crazy, or stupid. This, of course, leads to low self-esteem and underachievement, but Wild Child stresses that new learning can and does take place when proper motivators are applied. This book provides concrete advice regarding what those motivators are and how and when to use them. Teaching adults to empower the children in their care is an important part of Wild Child. Without appropriate intervention, children with ADD frequently end up chemically addicted or in trouble with the law. This book can help prevent these things from occurring. This is a valuable resource for everyone who knows a child with ADD.

Forewordp. xiii
Special Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Developing Understanding
My Struggle As a Parentp. 7
What My Personal Experience Has Taught Mep. 13
Parental Rigidnessp. 13
Cause-Effect Behaviorp. 14
Emotional Enmeshmentp. 14
Loss of Self-Esteemp. 15
A Sense of Perspective/New Learningp. 15
The Power Strugglep. 16
Attention Deficit Disorder from the Inside Outp. 19
What Is Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder?p. 19
I Do Not Remember!p. 20
Inattentivenessp. 21
Hypersensitivityp. 23
Hyperactivity (ADHD Trait)p. 26
Impulsiveness (ADHD Trait)p. 27
Peer Relationshipsp. 28
Some Frequently Asked Questionsp. 29
Rejected Parentsp. 33
A Prescription from the Horse's Mouthp. 34
Your Child Can Change: Teaching Your Child New Behaviorp. 37
Developing a Plan for Your Childp. 37
Planning Helps the Parentp. 39
Five Basic Rulesp. 39
Charting the Course to a New Life: Motivating Your Child to Change His or Her Behaviorp. 45
A Few Commentsp. 45
Another Look at ADDp. 46
Verbal Encouragementp. 49
Nonverbal Encouragementp. 50
Indirect Verbal Encouragementp. 50
Tangible Rewards and Privilegesp. 51
Point Chartsp. 52
Negative Incentivesp. 63
Phasing Out the Reward Systemp. 65
Moving Forwardp. 67
Changing What Happens Inside: Empowering Your Childp. 69
Understand That Your Child Needs Special Helpp. 70
Invite Your Child into the Decision-Making Processp. 73
Negotiate with Your Childp. 74
Allow Your Child to Make Choicesp. 75
Praise Liberallyp. 75
Use Medication Appropriatelyp. 75
Do Not Interact with Your Child or Make Decisions When You Are Emotionally Upsetp. 76
Lessons for Parentsp. 77
Self-Checkp. 78
Modelingp. 79
Contactp. 80
Awarenessp. 80
Choice (Empowerment)p. 81
Reinforcementp. 82
Putting It All Togetherp. 82
New Perspectives on ADD Medicationp. 85
Putting It All Togetherp. 89
A Summary of the Stepsp. 89
Applying the Behavior Techniques We Discussedp. 91
Discussions with Your Childp. 91
Self-Monitoring, Choice, and Reinforcement for the Parentp. 92
Use of Point Chartsp. 93
What Age Should My Child Be to Benefit from the Information Summarized?p. 95
Specific Problem Behaviors (Working with Children Ages Four to Fourteen)
Taming Aggressionp. 99
Parent's Composure Reviewp. 102
Time-Out Reviewp. 103
Problems in Dealing with Aggressive Behaviorp. 104
Conduct Disorderp. 106
Temper Tantrumsp. 109
Why Do Children Throw Temper Tantrums?p. 110
Distinguishing Between Temper Tantrum and Disrespectp. 111
Stopping Temper Tantrumsp. 112
Teaching Respectp. 115
Improving My Behavior Listp. 117
Parent's Composure Reviewp. 119
Time for Choresp. 121
How to Motivate Your Child to Do Choresp. 122
Suppose This Does Not Workp. 126
Examples of Typical Problems I Have Encounteredp. 127
How to Help Your Child with Schoolp. 129
Problems with Focusingp. 130
Hyperactivity and Impulsivenessp. 132
Additional Notesp. 134
A Final Wordp. 135
Easing the Homework Strugglep. 137
Helping Your Childp. 138
Communicating with Your Child's Teacherp. 139
Interventionsp. 140
Peers and Socializationp. 155
Relationship Problemsp. 155
A Social Skills Modelp. 157
Coaching Your Childp. 161
Entering the Social Arenap. 163
Daily Challenges and How to Meet Themp. 167
Four Basic Rulesp. 167
Additional Problem Behaviorsp. 169
Going Forwardp. 178
Problems of Adolescents and Young Adults
The Challenging Teen Yearsp. 181
Case Examplesp. 182
What Parents Need to Knowp. 187
Parenting Stylesp. 188
Parental Pitfallsp. 190
Parental Resourcesp. 192
A Few Notesp. 197
Adolescent Angerp. 199
Conduct Disorderp. 200
Oppositional Defiant Disorderp. 201
Preventive Parentingp. 203
School Problemsp. 207
Guidelines for Parents Whose Teenagers Have Difficulty in Schoolp. 208
Typical Problemsp. 210
Winning with Drug and Alcohol Problemsp. 213
ADD Teens and Substance Abusep. 214
Signs of Drug Usep. 215
Managing Drug Usep. 217
A Final Notep. 218
Additional Teenage Problemsp. 221
Messy Roomsp. 221
Sibling Fightsp. 222
Curfewp. 223
Homeworkp. 224
Truancyp. 225
Out of Controlp. 226
Learning to Step Backp. 230
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780789011022
ISBN-10: 0789011026
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 23rd March 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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