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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

All About ADHD by Linda J. Pfiffner Ph.D: Book Review

All About ADHD: The Complete Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers
by Linda J. Pfiffner, Ph.D
ISBN: 978-0545-10920-8
Buy from Indigo

Description: Research-based, classroom-tested strategies for working with students with ADHD. Linda Pfiffner has revised and updated her best-selling guide to teaching students with ADHD in the mainstream classroom. She shares research-based, classroom-tested strategies for creating an ADHD-friendly classroom, establishing effective routines, designing lessons that maximize attention, promoting peer acceptance and support, teaching social skills and organizational skills, implementing rules, creating individualized behavior programs, working with parents, and documenting progress. This rich resource will support you as you support your students with ADHD, so that all students in your classroom can experience success. For use with Grades K - 8.

The Good Stuff
  • This was a tough read at times as a parent of a child with ADHD. Many of the symptoms of ADHD describe my son perfectly and I feel like if I had read some of this sooner I (Not to mention his school and teachers) could have helped him better. Now I feel like a totally bad parent
  • Blatantly states that ADHD is not caused by bad parenting --take that all you judgmental people I have had to deal with all this time -- be grateful I haven't smacked you all upside the head
  • Simply written and not over technical
  • Very practical ideas and strategies for helping ADHD students and their parents
  • Encourages working together with the student and the parents
  • Some fabulous tips for energizing and revitalizing for the teachers who have the added stress of having students with ADHD in their classroom (I do feel for you guys you know)
  • A variety of ideas and help in choosing which strategies work best for the teacher you are and what strategies would work best for each type of ADHD student
  • Easy to understand overview of ADHD and some background info on what researchers have discovered so far -- Bad parenting does not cause ADHD (hmm think someone has a complex here)
The Not so Good Stuff
  • All American information, so Canadian educators/parents will have to do further research 
  • Some of the tips/tricks/ideas would be very difficult to teachers already over worked
Favorite Quotes/Passages/Chapter

"Remember ADHD is not caused by poor parenting"

Chapter 1 is extremely enlightening

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Required reading for every teacher, ESPECIALLY for those who have my child as their student
  • Some interesting and practical information for parents as well
  • Jake's Grade 5 teacher is getting a gift of this book on the first day of school -- hopefully this year we will get a good one 
  • Also giving this to his Gym teacher -- won't go into reasons here -- but the dude is in serious need of some educating on this subject
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review -- hey peeps you got any Scholastic books like this one for parents?


  1. Thanks for highlighting this book. As a Special care Counsellor, I have worked with many ADHD kids and I sympathized with the parents who were given a bad rap for lack of discipline, which is not the problem. I will definitely put it into my list of books for future reference.

  2. Thanks Laura -- I am also looking at one call the ADHD Workbook for kids for my son to use -- I will review it after we have gone through it

  3. The book is a good resource material to help kids with ADHD. Even though it is all American information I believe that it can also have a few applications to different race. I am happy that a resource material such as this is available because ADHD indeed is very difficult to deal with.