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Helping Children with ADHD: A CBT Guide for Practitioners, Parents and Teachers



Helping Children with ADHD: A CBT Guide for Practitioners, Parents and Teachers

Susan Young, Jade Smith

ISBN: 978-1-118-90320-9 June 2017 Wiley-Blackwell 304 Pages


Combining the latest research evidence with the authors’ practical expertise, Helping Children with ADHD offers a complete intervention programme for flexibly delivering behavioural and cognitive interventions to children aged 6-12 with ADHD and associated conditions.

  • Redefines and develops best practice in the application of cognitive and behavioural techniques to help children aged 6-12 with ADHD and associated comorbid conditions, including learning difficulties
  • Offers a range of engaging resources within a pragmatic and practically-focused approach; modular structure allows the interventions to be selected and tailored according to the particular age, ability and needs of the individual child
  • An appendix of entertaining stories about Buzz, a boy with ADHD, provides structural narrative while also teaching core skills in areas such as keeping calm, planning, managing impulsivity and dealing with anxiety
  • Straightforward, accessible language allows the techniques to be used by those without expert clinical training; dedicated sections provide advice for using the approach in school, home and group contexts
  • A companion website provides downloadable materials including illustrated patient worksheets to accompany the narrative stories

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About the Authors vii

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xiii

Preface xv

About the Companion Website xix

1 Introduction 1

2 The Young–Smith Programme 11

3 Introduction to Buzz and His Family 35

4 Attention 45

5 Hyperactivity 75

6 Impulsivity 99

7 Anxiety 121

8 Frustration and Anger 147

9 Social Skills and Relationships 179

10 Setting Goals and Planning Ahead 205

11 Problem-solving 225

12 Mood and Self-Esteem 247

Index 269

“This book is recommended to all professionals wanting to increase their skills in working with children affected by ADHD. It presents a detailed and practical scheme based on cognitive-behavioural therapy, with well-worked-out sessions and advice. Teachers and clinicians will find good ideas for promoting resilience and overcoming disability.” -- Professor Eric Taylor, Retired Head of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK

“Finally a comprehensive resource applying research proven principles to address the myriad of co-occurring problems children with ADHD frequently experience. Drs. Young and Smith are to be commended for providing clinicians with this thorough guide filled with practical ideas and strategies for the novice and experienced clinician.” -- Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, Journal of Attention Disorders, University of Utah School of Medicine

“This is a valuable resource for parents, carers and school staff, and fills an important gap in the in the support available for children diagnosed with ADHD.  Most important of all, it addresses the criticism often levelled at current services, in that it places the child at the heart of the treatment process, and helps them to understand how best to minimise the difficulties that they may face at home and in school, and how best to make the most of their potential.  The programme will help increase skills, planning, organisation, and personal resilience, and so lead to more positive outcomes for this vulnerable population.” -- Bill Colley, Educational Consultant, The UK ADHD Partnership, London, UK

“Drs. Young and Smith’s CBT Guide to working therapeutically with children is a must have for any CBT therapist or children’s counsellor who is involved in supporting young people with ADHD. Providing clear and effective strategies that offer the child a framework to learn how to understand and live successfully with ADHD, this guide is long overdue.”  -- Dr. Tony Lloyd, CEO, ADHD Foundation