references for ADHD

Developed by Shanan R. Raines, Ph.D., Westhampton Family Psychologists, P.C.

ADHD – predominantly inattentive type:

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention
  • Does not appear to listen
  • Struggles to follow through on instructions
  • Has difficulty with organization
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Loses things
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is forgetful in daily activities

ADHD – predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type:

  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair
  • Has difficulty remaining seated
  • Runs about or climbs excessively
  • Difficulty engaging in activities quietly
  • Acts as if driven by a motor
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns
  • Interrupts or intrudes upon others


books and printed materials

Barkley, R. A. (2000). Taking charge of ADHD: The complete, authoritative guide for parents. New York: Guilford Publications. 
This is Russell Barkley’s revised book providing authoritative information on ADHD and its treatment. This book gives knowledge, expert advice and confidence to parents with children of ADHD.

Bertin, M. (2011). The Family ADHD Solution: A Scientific Approach to Maximizing Your Child’s Attention and Minimizing Parental Stress. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
This book offers advice to parents of children with ADHD and clear explanations of the causes, symptoms, and strategies for children dealing with ADHD.

Dawson, P. (2009). Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach their Potential. New York: Guilford Press
This book provides a nice summary of executive functioning with some practical strategies for intervention.

Fowler, M. (2006). Twenty Questions to Ask If Your Child has ADHD. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press.
This book addresses the 20 most frequently asked questions, plus many more about children with ADHD.

Hallowell & Ratey. (2011). Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder. New York: Touchstone.
The authors explore the varied forms ADHD takes, offering an abundant amount of information through vivid stories and case histories of patients.

Hallowell& Ratey. (2005). Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder. New York: Random House.
This book coincides with Hallowell and Ratey’s book Drive to Distraction and gives an up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.

Honos-Webb, L. (2010). The Gift Of ADHD: How To Transform Your Child’s Problems Into Strengths. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
This book shifts the focus from what is wrong in ADHD to what can be right. It reframes the negativity of ADHD to a positive light.

Honos-Webb, L. (2008). The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways to Turn Your Child’s Problems into Strengths. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
Again this book looks at ADHD as a “gift” and offers 101 simple and engaging activities you can use to develop your child’s unique strengths.

Ingersoll, B. (1998). Daredevils and Daydreamers: New Perspectives on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. US: Doubleday Books.
This author tackles many different issues about ADHD that other books ignore, such as the problem of an ADHD child in adoptive, divorced and step families; as well as many “real-world” issues.

Miles, E. (2012). Parenting ADD/ADHD Children: The Definitive Guide for Parents Raising a Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Atlanta, GA: Positive Steps Publishing.
This book explains all of the different aspects of ADHD and offers many approaches to dealing with ADHD.

Monastra, V. J. (2005). Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
This book focuses on giving tips to help children with ADHD succeed. It includes medical, nutritional, educational and psychological information.

Nadeau, Littman, Quinn. (2000). Understanding Girls With AD/HD. Silver Spring, MD: Advantage Books.
This book focuses on the needs and issues of girls with ADHD.

Quinn, Patricia. Attention, Girls!
This is the first book written for ‘tween’ girls (ages 7-11) who have ADD/ADHD, written by a pediatrician in Washington, D.C.

Ramsey, J.R. (2010). Nonmedication treatments for adult ADHD: Evaluating impact on
daily functioning and well-being. Washington, DC: American Psychological         Association
While focused on adults, this book provides a good literature review about studies of
non-medical treatments and things to consider when evaluating outcome results.

Richey, M. A. (2012). Raising Boys With ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Sons. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press, Inc.
The author of this book focuses on boys with ADHD, after she raised two of her own. Through the book she gives resources, tools and advice that leaves parents feeling encouraged and hopeful.

Taylor, J. F. (2006). The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing Inc.
This is a kid- and parent-friendly book that shares survival strategies for dealing with ADHD. It includes real-life scenarios, quizzes and a special message for parents.

Zylowska, L (2012). The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD:  An 8 step program
for strengthening attention, managing emotions and achieving your goals.
While this book is for adults, it can be helpful for teens who are interested in using alternative treatments. It includes a CD of meditations.


Russell Barkley YouTube Discussion
Russell Barkley discusses the recent advancements in understanding the nature and sub-typing of ADHD, as well as recent discoveries in what might cause the disorder and medications that might help treat ADHD.