A Guide for Parents of Teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: An Adlerian Approach with a Special Focus on Middle Schoolers

This paper is a review of the effectiveness/usefulness of a manual for parents of teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The manual discusses ADHD as a neurodevelopmental disorder and explores the resulting deficits in executive functioning as conceptualized by T.E. Brown. The manual also covers the effects of ADHD and co-occurring disorders on the day to day functioning of the adolescent in terms of interpersonal relationships, academic progress and increased susceptibility to engaging in high risk behavior. The manual outlines the basic constructs of positive parenting based on an Adlerian approach gleaned from the works of Alfred Adler, Rudolf Dreikurs, and Jane Nelsen. Finally, the manual provides tools and information for parents to use as they advocate for their teens. Included is information on what to expect from schools, insurance companies and professional caregivers.

Fayemarie Anderson Carter
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