New Book Helps Parents of Children with an ADD/ADHD Navigate the Chaos
"Missing homework again? You saw him do it and told him to put it in his backpack, so where could it be? This is not the first time. You've tried everything." Are you feeling exasperated, frustrated, at your breaking point? Don't fret- author Cheryl R. Carter has answers.
Children with ADD generally have difficulty focusing or concentrating, are known for being impulsive, highly distractible, indecisive, forgetful and chronically disorganized. However, this can change. "You have heard that ADD children are difficult to organize but I have found most children can easily be organized if organization incorporates fun, individualism, rules, is simple to understand and teaches basic time management," writes Carter.
In her instructive new book, Organize Your ADD/ADHD Child: A Practical Guide for Parents [2010, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 128 pages, paperback, 978-1-84905-839-1, $15.95], Carter provides practical tips and lists useful instructions on how to first manage and then beneficially help your child with ADD. She shows parents that through her self-developed method F.I.R.S.T. (Fun, Individualism, Rules, Simplicity and Time management), even the most difficult child can be taught.
Organize Your ADD/ADHD Child addresses the issues of organization and time management in relation to ADD/ADHD, and suggests sensible ways of organizing your child's day and turning chaos into calm. Accommodating both short attention spans and quick fuses, Carter shows even the most hyperactive and easily distracted of children can be taught to make their bed, pack their school bag, and generally get organized.
She recognizes that children hate anything that is boring, and finds fun ways around even the most mundane of tasks. Her no-nonsense, step-by-step strategies, in combination with positive affirmations and realistic demands, will get ADD/ADHD children organized, and from A to B without a hitch.
"The F.I.R.S.T. method works well because it addresses core issues of child development," writes Carter. "All children want to have fun, be recognized as an individual, require the safety of structure and rules, and need to be communicated to on their level in a simple way."
Cheryl R. Carter is the founder of Organized Kidz, an organization that assists special needs children with organization and study skills. She is a former special needs teacher, organizing and time management consultant and freelance parenting writer who has worked with families for over fifteen years. She is also a busy wife and mother who enjoys watching her daughter's soccer games, beating her husband at Scrabble and enjoying God in the ordinary. She lives in New York State. She is a former featured expert on LearningDisorders.com and also enjoys blogging. Visit www.ADD123.org for further information.