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The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD

(Updated Edition)


What does it mean to have ADHD? How can kids diagnosed with ADHD help themselves succeed in school, get along better at home, and form healthy, enjoyable relationships with peers?

In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD helps kids know they’re not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing (when needed) with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes real-life scenarios, quizzes, and a special message for parents.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-447-7
Reading Level: Grade 5
Interest Level: Ages 8–12
Guided Reading Level: T
Lexile Measure: 830L
Illustrated: two-color, illust.
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 128

Praise for the previous edition of The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD
“Do you know a kid struggling with ADHD? The Survival Guide is a book about them, for them. In simple, understandable language, Dr. Taylor provides concrete information and tips on the ADD/HD diagnosis, school, family, friends, emotions, and even ideas for a healthy diet. This is an empowering book for young people and is loaded with ideas, resources and some humor.”—YouthWorker Journal

“Packed with good advice . . . A useful tool for families who are dealing with the myriad issues associated with ADD/ADHD.”—School Library Journal

“This upbeat book gives plenty of positive reinforcements and focuses on managing life now.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“This book covers in one chapter what took me years to figure out. If you have ADD, The Survival Guide is for you.”—ADDitude Magazine

Download content from the book.

  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.2, MS.3, MS.5, MS.6
    BS.LS.1, BS.LS.2, BS.LS.3, BS.LS.4, BS.LS.6, BS.LS.9
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.3, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.5, BS.SMS.6, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.8, BS.SMS.9, BS.SMS.10
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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June 14, 2021 / Kristine Jacobs
Speaks to kids AND parents

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD is one of a kind. As a Child and Family Therapist, I use it frequently. It’s hard to find resources that speak the language of both kids and parents, but this one does it great.

June 14, 2021 / Jill Curry - Des Moines
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD

I first bought The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD for my own son, then I used it in my School Counseling practice. I have had students do the questionnaire in the book, and have gone through parts of the book relevant to the particular student with whom I am working. It is a book that is currently front and center in my “borrow a book” display in my office.


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