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How To Reach And Teach Children with ADD / ADHD: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7295-0
464 pages
March 2005, Jossey-Bass
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Sandra Rief offers myriad real-life case studies, interviews, and student intervention plans for children with ADD/ADHD. In addition, the book contains best teaching practices and countless strategies for enhancing classroom performance for all types of students.

This invaluable resource offers proven suggestions for:

  • Engaging students' attention and active participation
  • Keeping students on-task and productive
  • Preventing and managing behavioral problems in the classroom
  • Differentiating instruction and addressing students' diverse learning styles
  • Building a partnership with parents
  • and much more.
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Table of Contents



Section 1.1: Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Section 1.2: Making the Diagnosis: A Comprehensive Evaluation for ADHD.

Section 1.3: Multimodal Treatments for ADHD.

Section 1.4: Medication Treatment and Management.

Section 1.5: Do’s and Don’ts for Teachers and Parents.

Section 1.6: Critical Factors in the Success of Students with ADHD.

Section 1.7: ADHD and Social Skills Interventions.

Section 1.8: ADHD in Preschool and Kindergarten.

Section 1.9: ADHD in Middle School and High School.

Part 1: General References.

Part 1: Recommended Resources.


Section 2.1: Classroom Management and Positive Discipline Practices.

Section 2.2: Preventing or Minimizing Behavior Problems During Transitions and Less Structured Times.

Section 2.3: Individualized Behavior Management, Interventions, and Supports.

Section 2.4: Strategies to Increase Listening, Following Directions, and Compliance.

Section 2.5: Attention!! Strategies for Engaging, Maintaining, and Regulating Students’ Attention.

Part 2: General References.

Part 2: Recommended Resources.


Section 3.1: Reaching Students Through Differentiated Instruction.

Section 3.2: Multisensory Instruction.

Section 3.3: Reaching Students Through Their Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences.

Section 3.4: The Advantages of Cooperative Learning for Students with ADHD.

Section 3.5: Organization, Time Management, and Study Skills.

Section 3.6: Learning Strategies and Study Skills.

Section 3.7: Writing and Reading Challenges for Students with ADHD.

Section 3.8: Written Language Strategies, Accommodations, and Interventions: Pre-Planning/Organizing, Handwriting, Assistive Technology.

Section 3.9: Strategies for Building Written Expression and Editing Skills.

Section 3.10: Reading Strategies and Interventions: Building Decoding Skills, Vocabulary, and Fluency.

Section 3.11: Reading Comprehension Strategies and Interventions.

Section 3.12: Mathematics: Challenges and Strategies.

Part 3: General References.

Part 3: Recommended Resources.


Section 4.1: A Parent’s Story: What Every Teacher and Clinician Needs to Hear.

Section 4.2: Case Studies and Interventions (Adam and Vincent).


Section 5.1: Teaming for Success: Communication, Collaboration, and Mutual Support.

Section 5.2: The Role of the School’s Multidisciplinary Team.

Section 5.3: School Documentation and Communication with Medical Providers and Others.

Section 5.4: Educational Laws and Rights of Students with ADHD.

Section 5.5: Innovative Collaborative Programs for Helping Children with ADHD.

Part 5: General References.

Part 5: Recommended Resources.


Section 6.1: Stress Reduction, Relaxation Strategies, Leisure Activities, and Exercise.

Section 6.2: Music for Relaxation, Transitions, Energizing, and Visualization.

Part 6: General References.

Part 6: Recommended Resources.

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Author Information

Sandra F. Rief , M.A., is a leading educational consultant, author, and speaker on effective strategies and interventions for helping students with learning, attention, and behavioral challenges. An award-winning educator with over twenty years experience teaching in public schools, she presents seminars, workshops, and keynotes nationally and internationally on this topic. Sandra is also the author of The ADHD Book of Lists and The ADD/ADHD Checklist, both from Jossey-Bass.
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New to This Edition

This edition will include enhanced content in the following areas: medications (ch.20), case studies (ch. 23), documentation (ch. 27), placement (ch. 28), model programs (ch. 29), and references, among others.
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The Wiley Advantage

Defines and provides intervention strategies for students diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD

Offers insight into focused behavior studies leading to success in school for students with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders

Presents multiple perspectives- teacher, counselor, administrator, and parent

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"It is both a pleasure and a privilege to provide this strong and unequivocal endorsement of so informative and consumer-friendly a book as this one. Grounded in the latest science of ADHD, filled with exceptionally detailed advice . . . parents and educators will find this book to be exceptionally useful in raising a successful ADHD child."
--Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, and author, Taking Charge of ADHD

"For over a decade, Sandra Rief’s How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD has been the most definitive and user-friendly ‘go-to’ guide for teachers and parents eager to help children with ADHD succeed in school, home, and life overall. Now updated with the latest research findings from the last ten years, this book outstrips even the original. Unlike so many other volumes, this book is hands-on, well-organized, extremely readable, and full of the kind of wise, practical advice that only comes from someone who has been there (and continues to be there!) helping teachers, parents, children, and youth struggling with ADHD. I especially like the focus on different ages, school settings, and subjects. My highest recommendation for this book, and my greatest praise for Sandra making this invaluable resource available!"
--Peter S. Jensen, M.D., director, Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health and Ruane Professor of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University

"Sandra Rief is one of the most astute as well as compassionate voices in the world about ADHD. She really gets it, and this book will give you what she gets. A wonderful contribution and valuable, practical resource for all teachers, parents, and clinicians."
--Edward Hallowell, M.D., author, When Your Worry About the Child You Love and coauthor, Driven to Distraction

"This valuable resource should be at every teacher’s fingertips! Sandra Rief offers current research-based strategies and information on ADHD that are a must read for every educator."
--Ellen Stantus, special education director, Davis School District, Farmington, Utah

"This book not only addresses the latest research on this neuro-biological difference, but goes further by offering creative strategies for home and school in order to help these students reach their full potential. As always, Sandra Rief fills her book with what to do about it."
--Jill Murphy, special educator, ADHD life skills and academic coach, ADD Resources Parent Support, and mother of two children with ADD/ADHD, Bonney Lake, Washington

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