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Print Resources For Parents and Teachers:

Several publications, organizations, and support groups exist to help individuals, teachers, and families to understand and cope with attention disorders. The following resources provide a good starting point for gaining insight, practical solutions, and support. Other resources are outpatient clinics of children's hospitals, university medical centers, and community mental health centers. Additional printed information can be found at libraries and book stores. This is a long list--feel free to download this page.



Books for Children and Teens:

  • Galvin, M. Otto Learns about his Medication. New York: Magination Press, 1988. (for young children)

  • Gehret, J. Learning Disabilities and the Don't Give Up Kid. Fairport, New York: Verbal Images Press, 1990. (for classmates and children with learning disabilities and attention difficulties, ages 7-12)

  • Gordon, M. Jumpin' Johnny, Get Back to Work! A Child's Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity. DeWitt, New York: GSI Publications, 1991. (for ages 7-12)

  • Meyer, D.; Vadasy, P.; and Fewell, R. Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: A Book for Sibs. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1985.

  • Moss, D. Shelly the Hyperactive Turtle. Rockville, MD: Woodbine House, 1989. (for young children)

  • Nadeau, K., and Dixon, E. Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention. Annandale, VA: Chesapeake Psychological Publications, 1993.

  • Parker, R. Making the Grade: An Adolescent's Struggle with ADD. Plantation, FL: Impact Publications, 1992.

  • Quinn, P., and Stern, J. Putting on the Brakes: Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. New York: Magination Press, 1991. (for ages 8-12)

  • Thompson, M. My Brother Matthew. Rockville, MD: Woodbine House, 1992.




Books for Parents:

  • Bain, L. A Parent's Guide to Attention Deficit Disorders. New York: Dell Publishing, 1991.

  • Fowler, M. Maybe You Know My Kid: A Parent's Guide to Identifying, Understanding, and Helping your Child with ADHD. New York: Birch Lane Press, 1990.

  • Goldstein, S., and Goldstein, M. Hyperactivity: Why Won't My Child Pay Attention? New York: J. Wiley, 1992.

  • Greenberg, G.; Horn, S.; and Wade F. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Questions & Answers for Parents. Champaign, IL: Research Press, 1991.

  • Ingersoll, B., and Goldstein, S. Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities: Realities, Myths, and Controversial Treatments. New York: Doubleday, 1993.

  • Moss, R., and Dunlap, H. Why Johnny Can't Concentrate: Coping with Attention Deficit Problems. New York: Bantam Books, 1990.

  • Silver, L. Dr. Silver's Advice to Parents on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 1993.




Resources for Teachers and Specialists:

  • Barkley, R. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (four 40-minute videocassettes in VHS format). New York: Guilford Publications, 1990.

  • Copeland, E., and Love, V. Attention Without Tension: A Teacher's Handbook on Attention Disorders. Atlanta, GA: 3 C's of Childhood, 1992.

  • Johnson, D. I Can't Sit Still-Educating and Affirming Inattentive and Hyperactive Children: Suggestions for Parents, Teachers, and Other Care Providers of Children to Age 10. Santa Cruz, CA: ETR Associates, 1992.

  • Parker, H. The ADD Hyperactivity Handbook for Schools. Plantation, FL: Impact Publications, 1992.




Related Materials Available from NIH:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Information Packet and "Know Your Brain Fact Sheet." Both are available from NIH Neurological Institute, P.O. Box 5801; Bethesda, MD 20824 (800) 352-9424.

  • Learning Disabilities (NIH Pub. No. 93-3611) and "Plain Talk about Depression' (NIH Pub. No. 93-3561). These are available by contacting: NIMH, Room 7C-02, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.




Support Groups and Organizations:

  • Attention Deficit Information Network (Ad-IN)
    475 Hillside Avenue
    Needham, MA 02194
    (617) 455-9895
    Provides up-to-date information on current research, regional meetings. Offers aid in finding solutions to practical problems faced by adults and children with an attention disorder.

  • ADD Warehouse
    300 NW 70th Avenue
    Plantation, FL 33317
    (800) 233-9273
    Distributes books, tapes, videos, assessment on attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. A central location for ordering many of the books listed above. Call for catalog.

  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
    499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
    Plantation, FL 33317
    (800) 233-4050
    A major advocate and key information source for people dealing with attention disorders. Sponsors support groups and publishes two newsletters concerning attention disorders for parents and professionals.

  • Council for Exceptional Children
    11920 Association Drive
    Reston, VA 22091
    (703) 620-3660
    Provides publications for educators. Can also provide referral to ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) Clearinghouse for Handicapped and Gifted Children.

  • Tourette Syndrome Association
    42-40 Bell Boulevard
    Bayside, NY 11361
    (718) 224-2999
    State and local chapters provide national information, advocacy, research, and support.


The National Institute of Mental Health is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal Government's primary agency for biomedical and behavioral research. NIH is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

All material in this publication is free of copyright restrictions and may be copied, reproduced, or duplicated without permission from NIMH; citation of the source is appreciated.


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