Book Review of Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD
By Sylvia Cochran – Parenting by the Book
Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD: A Practical Parent’s Guide for Managing Difficult Behaviors
By Grad L. Flick, Ph.D.
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/1996
For the parent who may have just received a child’s diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, Power Parenting is a welcome overview of the condition that hides behind the abbreviations. Scientific enough to allow parents to become advocates for their children but not so over-the-top that it would preclude the average reader from understanding the subject matter, the author succeeds in offering solid hands-on advice for a wide array of situations.
He warns parents not to become victims to a form of learned helplessness, which essentially gives a child in desperate need of guidance all but free range. At the same time, the author helps parents to differentiate between a child’s basic disobedience and the failure to follow instructions because of ADD/ADHD. Power Parenting provides several scenarios that show how simple behavior modification techniques positively affect the outcome of previously contentious parenting situations.
Parents should note that this is not a book, which purports to “fix” the child. Instead, it offers the parent tools to use during daily interactions. I highly recommend this book for the parent (grandparent or educator) who deals with children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. If you can commit to not going overboard and administering the behavior modification suggestions before you have read the entire book and gotten the bigger picture, this is the definitive parenting book to choose.
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