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Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits
A Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Parents
Second Edition
Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S.


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isbn# 978-1-60613-016-2
8 1/2" x 11"
375 pages

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"This comprehensive book should be required reading for every teacher and parent of students with Add, ADHD and executive function deficits. There are clear and concise explanations of why students do certain behaviors, and cannot do others, incorporating the latest and exciting brain research. Statistics vary regarding the number of children with these challenges – anywhere from 5% to 9.5%. However, the author states that 90% of those diagnosed will confront difficulties in their education. Ms. Zeigler Dendy worked as a teacher, school psychologist and counselor for 40 years, and she also has children and grandchildren with ADHD. She has authored other books and has a website: http://www.chrisdendy.com/ with additional information.

The scope of Teaching Teens is wide and deep, covering basic information such as definitions, differences between boys and girls, medications, Federal Education Laws that offer certain protections and programs, and so very much more. The best aspects of the book are the abundant practical solutions found in each section, for managing these disabilities, and for creating an atmosphere in which the student can both feel comfortable and successful in their class work. The blank forms in the Appendix are useful for teachers, parents and even the students themselves for identifying effective methods for learning.

The book is easy to read with an inviting and hopeful approach that is contagious. Zeigler Dendy’s book is a must have for every college offering an education degree. It is a resource that could easily find its way into a consumer health library as well."
-CAPHIS Consumer Connections

"'Children do well if they can!' Chris Dendy opens her newly updated resource book with this quote by Dr. Ross Greene, stating that it succinctly captures her beliefs. As a recognized speaker and knowledgeable educator, Dendy explains and illustrates ADD and EF deficits, in order to increase awareness of the challenges our students face. Parents and teachers will learn how to access the supports, modifications, and accommodations their teens need to succeed in school.

The book is comprehensive and well organized, with summaries of 81 key issues related to helping our teens do well in school. Dendy reframes the notion that students are lazy and not trying hard enough. Rather than see ADD as an excuse, she says, we should 'properly treat the ADHD and accommodate the learning problems, and a different, more academically successful child will emerge.'

Of course, every child is unique. Dendy knows this, and her book includes practical tools that can be individualized: a goal-setting contract, a project planner, a meds-effectiveness survey, an IEP transition services form.

After reading Teaching Teens, you’ll be empowered to create a climate in which your student can do well. This book should be in the backpack of every parent and teacher who is involved with children, teens, or young adults with ADHD."
-ADDitude Magazine, Summer 2011

"This is a marvelously written, easily read and richly informative book on understanding and managing the executive, organization, attention, and other deficits associated with ADHD/ADD in children and adolescents. The information provided here is refreshingly science-based and remarkably useful instead of just being recycled or wholly invented clinical folklore. The author has not only worked with legions of families having ADHD children, but has lived with the disorder in her own family as well and so knows well of what she preaches in these pages. Both parents and teachers will find here numerous recommendations for addressing the home and school problems often associated with this disorder. In short, if you have a child with ADHD, you need to read this book."
-Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
Author of Taking Charge of ADHD

"Two thirds of children with attention and/or executive function deficits have at least one other diagnosis, such as anxiety or a learning disorder. The combination puts them at risk for problems in school, not graduating high school, and not going to college.

As a parent of three children with attention deficit disorders, the author Chris Dendy knows how challenging school can be and how important it is for children to succeed. Using a combination of her personal and professional experience and research, along with the expertise of teachers, mental health professionals, coaches, guidance counselors, transition specialists, and other parents, Ms. Dendy has written an informative guide. Parents, teachers, and others can use this information to help teens with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and executive function deficits succeed at home, at school, and the community.

This second edition begins with a basic introduction to attention disorders and a discussion about the links between ADD. ADHD, executive function deficits memory recall, and academic performance. There is additional information. About the differences between boys and girls with ADD and ADHD.

Rather than chapters, the book is organized into summary sections so readers can easily find and explore a topic of interest. Topics include the impact of attention disorders on organization and time management skills, federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities, medications – including the child’s perspective about taking needs, and behavioral management in the classroom. There are great examples of ways to modify teaching to better support teens and maximize their attention and learning. Additional teaching tips and advice are clear and easy to implement in the classroom and at home. For example, Ms. Dendy discusses ways to help teens reframe their behaviors to accentuate the positive. Rather than labeling a teen bossy, explain they have leadership potential, or admire their energy rather than stating they are hyperactive. There are resources at the end of each section and appendices that provide examples of useful forms, such as student contracts, outlines for essays, graphic organizers, and transition services.
-Federation for Children with Special Needs

For years, Chris Dendy has helped parents and professionals understand that the traditional view of ADHD (impulsivity, distractability, inattention) represents merely the tip-of-the-iceberg for kids who struggle with attentional problems. The most complex part of the iceberg lies below the surface and consists of Executive Processes that have a significant impact on the child's ability to function successfully in and out of the classroom.

In Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits Chris provides the reader with navigational maps, compasses, a sextant and telescopes to assist the child in avoiding and navigating these challenging deficits. These tools -- accompanied by Chris' wise and experienced advice -- can go a long way in helping parents and teachers guide students on this voyage. Chris' insights into these students are unparalled and I recommend this book highly. It can make a true difference in the day-to-day life of a struggling student."
-Richard D. Lavoie
Author, Consultant, Producer, The F.A.T. City Workshop

"This new edition is an extraordinarily comprehensive, premier resource--a must have book for all educators and other professionals seeking the most current and reliable information, sage advice and guidance, and wealth of practical and research-validated strategies/interventions written by one of the most respected and experienced experts in the field."
-Sandra F. Rief
Author of How to Reach & Teach Children with ADD/ADHD and The ADD/ADHD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents & Teachers

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