A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens
with Attention Deficit Disorders

This is a comprehensive 482-page soft-cover book with reproducibles. This indispensable resource contains the most current information and strategies organized in an easy-to-read and quick to locate “list” format.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating ADHD

  • Definitions & Descriptions of ADHD
  • ADHD and the “Executive Functions
  • What is Currently Known and Unknown About ADHD
  • Diagnostic Criteria For ADHD (DSM-IV)
  • Behavioral Characteristics of ADHD
  • ADHD Statistics and Risk Factors
  • What the Research is Revealing About ADHD
  • Probable Causes of ADHD
  • Positive Traits and Characteristics in Many People with ADHD
  • ADHD “Look Alikes”
  • ADHD and Co-Existing (or Associated) Disorders
  • Developmental Course of ADHD Across the Lifespan
  • Girls with Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Making the Diagnosis: A Comprehensive Evaluation for ADHD
  • The School’s Role and Responsibilities in the Diagnosis of ADHD
  • Pursuing an Evaluation for ADHD: Recommendations for Parents
  • If You Suspect a Student Has ADHD: Recommendations and Information for Teachers & Other School Personnel
  • School-Based Assessment for ADHD
  • Parent and Teacher Rating Scales, Questionnaires, and Interview Questions
  • ADHD and the Affect on the Family
  • The Impact of ADHD on School Performance and Success
  • A Comprehensive Treatment Program for ADHD
  • Research-Validated Treatments for ADHD
  • Medication Treatment and Management
  • If a Child/Teen is Taking Medication: Advice for Parents and School Staff
  • Alternative and Unproven Treatments for ADHD

Section 2: Preventing and Managing Behavior Problems: Strategies, Supports, and Psychosocial Interventions

  • Target Behaviors for Students with ADHD
  • Rewards and Positive Reinforcers for School
  • Classroom Management Tips
  • Environmental Accommodations and Supports in the Classroom
  • Preventing Behavior Problems During Transitions and “Challenging Times” of the School Day
  • Tips for Giving Directions & Increasing Student Compliance
  • Class (Group) Behavior Management Systems
  • Disciplining Students: Addressing Student Misbehavior in the Classroom
  • Individualized Behavior Management, Interventions, and Supports
  • Strategies to Aid Calming and Avoid Escalation of Problems
  • Tips for Dealing with “Challenging” or “Difficult” Behaviors
  • Proactive Parenting: Positive Discipline & Behavior Management Strategies
  • Following Directions: Tips for Parents to Improve Children’s Listening & Compliance
  • Preventing Behavior Problems Outside of the Home
  • Reward and Positive Reinforcers for Home
  • Social Skills Interventions & Teaching Pro-social Behavior
  • Common Triggers or Antecedents to Misbehavior
  • Sources and Resources for Behavioral Management

Section 3: Instructional Strategies, Accommodations, and Supports

  • Strategies for Engaging Students’ Attention & Active Participation
  • Strategies for Inattentive, Distractible Students
  • Adaptations, Accommodations and Modifications: What’s the Difference?
  • Instructional Interventions & Accommodations
  • Adaptations and Modifications of Assignments
  • Adaptations and Modifications of Materials
  • Strategies for Presenting Lessons
  • Testing Modifications and Adaptations
  • Accommodations for Learning Styles

Section 4 : Study Skills/Learning Strategies, Organization, and Homework Tips

  • Memory Strategies and Accommodations
  • Metacognitive and Learning Strategies
  • ADHD: Struggles with Organization, Time Management, & Study Skills
  • What Teachers Can Do to Help with Organization
  • What Parents Can Do to Help with Organization
  • What Teachers Can Do to Help with Time Management
  • What Parents Can Do to Help with Time Management
  • Homework Tips for Teachers
  • Homework Tips for Parents

Section 5: Academic Difficulties in Reading, Writing, and Math

  • Common Reading Difficulties in Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders
  • The Reading Process: What Good Readers Do
  • Strategies for Building Word Recognition, Reading Vocabulary, and Fluency
  • Reading Tips and Strategies for Parents
  • Strategies for Reading Comprehension
  • Why Writing is Such a Struggle for Students with ADHD
  • Strategies to Help with Pre-Writing (Planning & Organizing)
  • Strategies for Building Skills in Written Expression
  • Help with Editing Strategies and Other Tips
  • Multi-sensory Spelling Strategies and Activities
  • Strategies for Improving Fine Motor, Handwriting, Written Organization, & Legibility
  • Strategies for Bypassing and Accommodating Writing Difficulties
  • Math Difficulties Associated with ADHD
  • Math Strategies and Interventions

Section 6: Collaborative Care and Practices to Support Children with ADHD

  • The Necessity of a Team Approach
  • The Student Support Team (SST) Process
  • What Supports and Training Do Teachers Need?
  • What Supports and Training Do Parents Need?
  • Groundbreaking Advances in the Collaborative Care of Children with ADHD

Section 7: If Students Need Special Education, Related Services, or Other School Supports and Accommodations

  • Educational Rights for Children with ADHD
  • IDEA as it Applies to Students with ADHD
  • How Section 504 Applies to Students with ADHD
  • IEPs & The Special Education Process
  • Disciplining Students with Disabilities Under Special Education Law (IDEA)

Section 8: Additional Lists for Understanding, Supporting, and Improving Outcomes for Individuals with ADHD

  • What Students with ADHD Need for School Success
  • What Children and Teens with ADHD Need from Parents
  • Do’s and Don’ts for Teachers
  • Communicating with Parents: Tips for Teachers
  • Parent Advocacy: Tips and Strategies
  • ADHD in the Young Child
  • ADHD in Adolescents
  • ADHD in Adults
  • Stress Reduction, Relaxation Strategies, and Exercise
  • Resources on the Internet

Appendix: Charts, Forms, and Visual Prompts

  • Homework Assignment Log
  • Homework Assignments
  • Student Weekly Planning Schedule
  • Things to Do Today
  • Classroom Procedures: What Do You Expect Students to Do When…?
  • Example illustrations of Morning Routine:
  • Home Note
  • How to Establish a School-Home Daily Report Card
  • Daily School Report Card
  • Reward Form (Sample)
  • Classroom Behavioral Chart
  • Student Daily Behavioral Report
  • Student Weekly Progress Report
  • Connect the Dots Chart
  • Weekly Behavior Report
  • Behavior Rating Sheet
  • Daily Performance Record
  • Student-Generated Progress Report
  • Student Goal Sheet
  • Self-Monitoring Form
  • Response Cost Chart
  • Student Contract
  • Student Contract
  • Homework Coupon
  • ADHD Management Plan
  • NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scale

Editorial Reviews

The ADHD Book of Lists is a comprehensive, reliable source of answers, practical strategies, and tools written in a convenient list format. Created for teachers (K-12), parents, school psychologists, medical and mental health professionals, counselors, and other school personnel, this important resource contains the most current information about Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is filled with the strategies, supports, and interventions that have been found to be the most effective in minimizing the problems and optimizing the success of children and teens with ADHD. The book contains a wealth of information to guide in the management of ADHD in school and at home. In addition, The ADHD Book of Lists’ 8/12″ x 11″ lay flat format is filled with reproducible checklists, forms, tools, and resources.

“When Sandra Rief writes about ADHD and educational issues, people listen! Rief, widely recognized as the leading authority on these topics, has an extraordinary gift for identifying key challenges and providing practical, effective tips for helping children succeed in school. Her latest book, The ADHD Book of Lists, is another indispensable tool for both parents and teachers! As the author of two popular books on ADHD, I always use Sandra’s books as primary references.”

Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, author, Teenagers with ADD and Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD

“Educating ADHD kids can be a real challenge for everyone involved. The ADHD Book of Lists combines Sandra Rief’s classroom-proven techniques with current information about this condition and should be required reading for all teachers and parents of ADHD children.”

Harlan R. Gephart, M.D., Center for ADHD, Bellevue, Washington

“If you are looking for information, tips, strategies, interventions, references and tools to help your child or student with ADHD, Sandra Rief’s book has it all in an easy-to-read, comprehensive encyclopedia of practical information for parents and educators. As an in-service provider, I am always looking for the right source of information, and this is the book I have been waiting for!”

Beth A. Kaplanek, RN, BSN, advocate, parent of an ADHD Child, and former national president of CHADD

“Look no more— this is it! This book is the consummate resource for finding everything you want to know about ADHD— from diagnosis to intervention. Valuable for both parents and professionals.”

Ginger E. Gates, Ph.D., NCSP, LSSP, school psychologist and professional development trainer, Houston, Texas

Reader Reviews

“Without a doubt, this is the most comprehensive and easy-to-read book on AD/HD I have ever read. This book would be an excellent reference for any classroom with AD/HD students. The list format makes finding what you’re looking for a pleasant experience. Plus, I’ve been able to incorporate many of the strategies presented in this book, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. Great buy!”

A reader from Los Angeles , June 13, 2003

“The text of this extensive book is easy to read, and will be an asset to any elementary teacher with ADHD students in their classroom. I like the way the lists are categorized, so it isn’t necessary to read whole chapters to find out what you are looking for. It’s great! Teacher Friendly!”

A reader from San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003