Saturday, April 28, 2012

This is the book I am now reading.  I have to share the excerpt.  It is the BEST description of the challenges of raising a child with ADHD I have ever read!

"Creating a good life and crafting a promising future for a child with ADHD is incredibly complicated.  Lest you've gotten so down on yourself for "failing" that you've forgotten what you're trying to accomplish, let me remind you how high the bar has been set for you:  You have to convince an underfunded school system that may be understaffed with undertrained educators to learn and use new classroom and homework systems to ensure that your child has the same chance to learn as the dozens of other children under its tutelage.  You have to work with a doctor pressured by managed care to treat patients faster and more cheaply in finding medication that will calm your child down and help him concentrate, without keeping him up at night or causing other intolerable side effects.  You may very well have to negotiate with your insurance company with the skill of an experienced arbitrator to get coverage for therapy, medications, and even visits to the prescribing physician.  You and your child's other parent have to set aside philosophical differences and marital conflicts to form a united front to help your son or daughter with ADHD.  And you have to take on these time-consuming, exhausting tasks without neglecting your other kids, harming your own health, or going broke." 

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