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Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits

A Guide for Parents and Professionals
Third Edition
Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S.


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isbn 978-1-60613-281-4
8.5" x 11"
362 pages

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About the Author

Chris Dendy is the author of four highly acclaimed books and two videos. Over the last 40 years, she has worked as an educator, school psychologist, and children's mental health professional. She is the mother of three grown children and five grandchildren who also have ADHD.

In popular demand as a speaker, she presents nationally and internationally on ADHD, learning disabilities, and executive function deficits. Chris served on the executive committee of the national CHADD Board from 2001-2005. She and her late husband have both been members of CHADD's President Council since its inception. They have also served on ADDA-SR's Advisory Board. She was inducted into CHADD's Hall of Fame (2006), awarded CHADD's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), and, along with her husband, selected as recipient of ADDA-SR's Eisenberg Award (2006). Find her on Facebook.

The award-winning, best-selling guide for parents and professionals to understanding and helping teens with attention deficit disorders will soon be available in a third edition. Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits is the one-stop source of up-to-date, scientifically accurate, and reassuring information written by parent, teacher, school psychologist, mental health counselor, and advocate Chris Dendy. Her book looks at key areas--academics, dating, driving, socializing, and greater independence--that make adolescence potentially more difficult for kids with ADD, ADHD, or Executive Function Deficits (EFD).

Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits gives parents guidance on everything from understanding the diagnosis to treatment options, and from behavioral and academic issues, to parent involvement and self-advocacy. The new edition includes new and expanded information on:

  • latest diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5
  • new research on attention deficits and executive function deficits and treatment options; the link between ADHD and EFD
  • new medications and research on treatment effectiveness
  • “concentration deficit disorder” or “slow cognitive tempo,” a new diagnosis that some experts are advocating for to describe a subset of kids with inattentive ADHD (low energy, daydreaming, slow processing of info)
  • using technology (apps, smartphones, tablets) to help teens compensate for ADHD-related difficulties
  • “flipped classrooms” (teachers send videos of lectures/explanations of concepts home for kids to watch for homework and then have kids do written work in class so they can provide feedback as they work)
  • updates on educational laws/regulations that affect students with ADHD
The author recommends a combination approach to treatment which includes using medications, behavior and academic interventions and accommodations, ADHD education, and exercise. In addition, she discusses the role of executive function problems and how they relate to teenagers' difficulties with organizational skills, long-range planning, and staying on task. Throughout, are the voices of teens, families, and professionals who share their experiences and insights. Armed with the book’s comprehensive facts and strategies, parents, educators, and therapists can be proactive, working together with teens to build resilience and a hopeful future.

Also by Chris Dendy:
Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits

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