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Here is a short list of books for teachers that offer strategies for working with children with ADHD. They are all available in paperback and are reasonably priced. They may be ordered from online booksellers, from local full-service bookstores, or may be found at most public libraries.  If your library does not have these books, ask the librarian to order them from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Improving Children's Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS)
    Author: Joshua M. Langberg, PhD
    Publisher: National Association of School Psychologists
    Summary: This manual gives evidence-based interventions for students who struggle with organization, time management, and planning skills, and includes a CD-ROM with printable forms to help students achieve their full academic potential. This method is highly effective at improving organization skills, decreasing homework problems, raising grade point averages, and creating long-term successes.
  • The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond
    Donna Goldberg
    Publisher: Touchstone (riverside, NJ, 2005), 288 pages
    Summary: This book is full of strategies for helping parents identify and teach organizational skills. They include assessments to gather information about your child's learning style, study habits, and instructions for organizing an at-home work space for your child.
  • How to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions for Helping Children with Attention Problems and Hyperactivity
    Author: Sandra F. Rief
    Publisher: Center for Applied Research in Education (West Nyack, NY, 1993), 240 pages
    Summary: This book presents strategies for teaching students with ADHD particular skills, such as organization and study skills, language arts, math, and written language. It also offers guidelines for classroom management, communicating with parents, and dealing with behavioral problems. The author devotes several chapters to kindergarten, middle school, and junior high students.
  • Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD
    Author: Chris Zeigler Dendy
    Publisher: Woodbine House (Bethesda, MD, 2000), 352 pages
    Summary: This book, written for teachers and parents, provides summaries of over 70 topics related to teens with ADHD in a school setting. It covers medication, academics, communication skills, behavioral problems, and social interactions.
  • All about ADHD: The Complete Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers
    Author: Linda J. Pfiffner
    Publisher: Scholastic (New York, NY, 1996), 173 pages
    Summary: This book is intended to help teachers prepare for students with ADHD. It discusses the parallel teaching model, which is a method for teaching students with ADHD that interweaves techniques for increasing learning readiness and behavior management into the teaching process. The book also discusses individualized behavior problems, how to create good parent/teacher partnerships, and how to evaluate whether the program is working.
  • Attention without Tension: A Teacher's Handbook on Attention Disorders (ADHD and ADD)
    Authors: Edna D. Copeland and Valerie L. Love
    Publisher: Specialty Press (Plantation, FL, 1995), 175 pages
    Summary: This teacher's handbook provides an overview of attention disorders along with classroom strategies. One of the most significant features of this handbook is its comprehensive appendix of forms. The forms are organized by topics such as identification and goal setting, medication, and classroom management and organization.
  • Study Strategies Made Easy: A Practical Plan for School Success
    Authors: Leslie Davis and Sandi Sirotowitz
    Publisher: Specialty Press (Plantation, FL, 1996), 159 pages
    Summary: This manual is designed to assist students in developing successful study techniques. The book covers numerous strategies such as organization, learning styles, communication, reading comprehension, note-taking, test-taking, and more. It is filled with examples, techniques, checklists, and other resources students will find useful.
  • ADHD in the Schools: Assessment and Intervention Strategies
    Author: George J. DuPaul and Gary Stoner
    Publisher: Guilford Press (New York, NY, 2003), 330 pages
    Summary: This updated version of the book focuses on how to identify and assess students who may have ADHD, to develop classroom-based programs and interventions, and to commPage unicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals about stimulant medication. The new edition reflects updated findings in the study of ADHD while concentrating on school-based support systems and assistance.
  • The Bully Free Classroom: Over 100 Tips and Strategies for Teachers K-8
    Allan L. Beane
    Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
    Summary: This book helps teachers identify bullying behavior and understand the causes of bullying. It offers strategies to assist in creating a positive classroom environment. Included in the book are reproducible handouts for use in classroom exercises.
  • Available from the NRC: Bilingual publication on special education rights.

This page was last updated April, 2015

Other Web Sites:

  • CHADD's Teacher to Teacher Program
    CHADD's Teacher to Teacher: Classroom Interventions for the Student with AD/HD prgoram is designed for mainstream classroom teachers, and provides best practice strategies in an interactive, hands-on format.
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