The Insider’s Guide to ADHD: Book Reviews by ADDitude
BY PENNY WILLIAMS
(Grace-Everett Press; $ 12.95)
The premise of this book is admirable and sensible. Author Penny Williams interviewed 95 adults of different ages and genders, all of whom grew up with ADHD. Their feedback will help parents better understand the brains of their children with ADHD and become more effective in their parenting role.
As an adult with ADHD, I have found many of the recommendations – accepting that your child may not act according to their developmental age and that school accommodations level the playing field academically – to be common sense. . Williams doesn’t tell an adult with ADHD that he doesn’t know.
While this can be frustrating for a reader with ADHD, it does mean the book is worth it. Many of these perceptions are not obvious to the non-ADHD community, as many of us who have children with ADHD can attest. The book begins with a solid introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, which can help parents of newly diagnosed children. It also offers concrete suggestions for helping children, such as having them attend accommodation meetings, with the aim of raising them to become confident and healthy adults.
Williams says neurotypical people don’t understand what it’s like to have ADHD. His book will help them get an idea. She emphasizes that it is necessary to “discover, listen to and accept the unique truth of a child”. This is the theme of his book.
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