ADHD: A Teen’s Summer Reading List

School’s out and summer is here (finally) for us in Nebraska!  Last week I shared the books I will be reading this summer and this week I’d like to share some books I’m excited for my son, Carlton to read.  If you didn’t have a chance to check out last week’s post, you can find it here.  As with last week, a lot of these books or authors have been recommended to me through my ADHD Coach training at ADDCA.
I’m going to start him off with something funny.  This book was not recommended to me, but was one I happened upon when adding other books to my wish list.  ADHD in HD:  Brains Gone Wild is written by Jonathan Chesner, a twenty something actor and comedian who was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old.  I love that this book is written especially for teens, contains stories of the author’s experiences growing up with ADHD and includes a lot of humor and unique ways of looking at their “special” brains.
ADHD & Me is another book packed full of the author’s experiences growing up with ADHD.  Dr. Edward Hallowell touts this book as being “one of the best memoirs of life with ADHD” he has ever read.  Through stories of Blake’s experiences during his teen years, your teenager will read of how striving for self improvement can lead to great accomplishments.
Another book recommended to me is by Chris Dendy(a well known name in the ADHD community) and her son, Alex.  Together, they gather stories from teenagers of what it’s like to live with ADHD and offer advice to overcome it’s challenges. Each chapter tells a story from a different teen.  So click and grab this book for your son or daughter.  A Bird’s Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD:  Advice From Young Survivors!   
This next book is a workbook.  Yes, a workbook, and yes, over summer vacation.  More than likely I will have to force my son to sit down and do this, but I think it will be worth it.  Maybe I will bribe him with more video game time!(that one always works)  The ADHD Workbook for Teens is said to help your teen focus on his/her strengths and interests and then use them to overcome issues and obstacles he/she may face related to ADHD.  All too often,  the weaknesses of our children are the focus and their self-esteem is slowly chipped away.  So why not help your teen find their strengths and interests while preparing for the next school year?  The book contains 40 activities or worksheets, so purchase it and get going!
And finally, Where’s My Stuff, written in collaboration with professional organizer, Lesley Schwartz, is sure to be my son’s top pick for the summer! (LOL)  Ok, so I know this is going to be one of those books where he gives me the look.  You know the look.  The one that says, “Really, Mom? I’m never going to actually read this, much less do what it says!”  But hey, you can’t blame a Mom for at least trying, right?  Again, this may be one of those books we read a little along together and I bribe him with more video game time.  But maybe we will both learn something in the process!
So grab some books, schedule some reading time (remember, your ADDer needs routine), and let me know what ya think!



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