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Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It

ISBN: 978-0-470-90298-1
336 pages
August 2011, Jossey-Bass
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A new approach to help kids with ADHD and LD succeed in and outside the classroom

This groundbreaking book addresses the consequences of the unabated stress associated with Learning disabilities and ADHD and the toxic, deleterious impact of this stress on kids' academic learning, social skills, behavior, and efficient brain functioning. Schultz draws upon three decades of work as a neuropsychologist, teacher educator, and school consultant to address this gap. This book can help change the way parents and teachers think about why kids with LD and ADHD find school and homework so toxic. It will also offer an abundant supply of practical, understandable strategies that have been shown to reduce stress at school and at home.

  • Offers a new way to look at why kids with ADHD/LD struggle at school
  • Provides effective strategies to reduce stress in kids with ADHD and LD
  • Includes helpful rating scales, checklists, and printable charts to use at school and home

This important resource is written by a faculty member of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry and former classroom teacher.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Edward M. Hallowell).




1. Stayin' Alive: Understanding the Human Brain and How It Responds to Stress.

2. Stress Goes to School.


3. What's in a Name? Clearing Up Misperceptions About Learning Disabilities.

4. Pay Attention! Demystifying ADHD.

5. Decoding Stress with Neuropsychological Evaluations.


6. Nowhere to Hide: How Negative Behaviors Help Kids “Save FASE”.

7. From Distress to DE-STRESS: Breaking the FASE Cycle and Putting Kids on the Path to Competence.


8. Making Schools Stress-Less and Success-Full for Students with LD and ADHD.

9. Parents and Families: Home Is Where the Heart (and Heartache) Is.

Conclusion: All's Well That Ends . . . Well . . .

Appendix A: Resources for Families and Teachers.

Appendix B: Forms and Activities.


About the Author.


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Author Information

Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist for over thirty years, is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and consults to schools in the United States and abroad. A former middle school teacher, Schultz specializes in the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of youth with learning disabilities and ADHD. For more information visit his website at www.jeromeschultz.com.

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Dr. Schultz's websiteVisit the website of Jerome Schultz for his presentation schedule, additional publications, and consulting information.
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Press Release

August 03, 2011
Nowhere to Hide


Key to Unlocking Why ADHD & LD Kids Hate School

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Parents often tell their children that they should enjoy their carefree, youthful days while they last because soon ‘real responsibilities’ will set in.  While many children shake their heads and laugh, this may not so easy for kids with Learning Disabilities or ADHD.  For these children, the negative effects of stress have already entered their young lives.

NOWHERE TO HIDE: Why Kids with LD and ADHD Hate School and What We Can Do About it (Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley; July 2011; $24.95; Paper; ISBN: 978-0-470-90298-1) illustrates that stress (with a capital S) is the number one reason why children who are diagnosed ADHD, LD, or Asperger syndrome,  might hate school.  Students with LD or ADHD who haven’t learned how to “work smarter” to conquer their inadequacies are bombarded by requests to do things that are easy for most kids, but difficult for them, like sit still or read. Not being able to find success, these students face ridicule or reprimands. They are embarrassed, feel inadequate and start looking for the escape. Unable to get away from these brain-changing chronic stresses of school, these students often act up or act out, and the attention gets focused on their behavior, and not the underlying cause.

Clinical Neuropsychologist and author of NOWHERE TO HIDE, Jerome Schultz says, “As a result of chronic stress they experience in school, children who have LD, ADHD, Asperger syndrome, etc.. develop very fragile emotions that many parents and teachers often misread.  My hope is that this book helps them understand the cause of the negative emotions and behaviors and help kids gain a greater sense of control over their own educational futures.  This reduces stress and allows students to experience the success that so many of their classmates enjoy every day.”

Children often compare themselves to others to define their sense of self.  As they increasingly find that they cannot learn as easily as their classmates, or even their younger siblings, these kids’ brains go on “high alert,” a natural response of any organism that’s designed to protect us from harm. Animals under stress fight or run. Kids do the same thing.

NOWHERE TO HIDE provides the piece of the puzzle that’s been missing. This book is a joy to read and will bring a renewed feeling of hope that so many teachers, parents and kids have lost. Introducing his De-Stress model of intervention, Schultz offers abundant practical strategies to put kids on the path to confidence—the antidote for stress.

Stress enters all of our lives, and it sometimes inhibits our ability to move forward.  NOWHERE TO HIDE offers a blueprint for parents who want to empower their children and put them in their own driver’s seats as confident, capable learners.

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