Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects 5.4 million children between the ages of four to seventeen, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although this disorder was first documented in 1845, “rates of ADHD diagnosis increased…an average of 5.5% per year from 2003 to 2007”. Furthermore, boys are more likely to be afflicted by this disorder.
Raising Boys With ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Sons by parents James W. Forgan, Ph.D, and Mary Anne Richey explores this disorder in depth.
Written by two professionals who have “been there and done that” with their own sons with ADHD, Raising Boys With ADHD empowers parents to help their sons with ADHD find success in school and beyond. The book covers topics not often found in other parenting guides such as the preschool years and early diagnosis and strategies for teens transitioning to work and college. Filled with practical knowledge, resources, and tools needed to help parents address the many strengths and challenges of boys with ADHD, this book provides parents with encouragement and hope for the future.
The layout of this book is very user-friendly, and I appreciate the table of myths and facts on ADHD, especially the one that “Medication is the only treatment for ADHD”. The author’s fact: “Medication is only one treatment option.”
What concerns me with ADHD is the prevalence of medication in treatment. According to the CDC, 66% of children with ADHD are treated with pharmaceuticals with boys being “2.8 times more likely to take medication than girls”.
A recent study has found a link between PCBs and ADHD:
Boys who were exposed to higher levels of PCBs in the womb scored lower on focus and concentration tests, which indicates that they are more likely to have attention problems often related to ADHD, according to a newly published study of New Bedford area children.
I know several families that have opted for homeschool when public education failed to meet or understand the needs of their sons with ADHD. If a book like this one can help children and parents cope and learn strategies for living successfully with ADHD, then I am all for it. I also think this book would be helpful for families with daughters suffering from the effects of ADHD.
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.