“AD/HD Success! Solutions for Boosting Self-Esteem; The Diary Method for Ages 7-17″ – Book Review

AD/HD Success! Solutions for Boosting Self-Esteem; The Diary Method for Ages 7-17
Kerin Bellak-Adams
Loving Healing Press
978-1615990245, 2010

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder diagnoses have exploded over the last ten years. Children normally labeled as ‘problems’ are now being seen in a new light, needing patience and sometimes drug intervention to be able to function normally in an academic setting. Stigmas, however, remain and a child’s self esteem can suffer greatly in trying to adjust. And while many authors concentrate on the science of AD/HD to inform parents on what it is, how it works, and why it’s happening, author Kerin Bellak-Adams takes a slightly different approach.

“AD/HD Success! Solutions for Boosting Self-Esteem; The Diary Method for Ages 7-17″ is meant to be used by both parents and students but it is the student’s entries which guide the progress. The book is full of diary pages to be filled out and focuses on building up self worth and confidence. The diary pages are broken down by age group for appropriateness and all have plenty of room in which to jot down answers and feelings. There are also pages for daily accountability checks and self esteem levels which help the child remember what they need to do as well as ‘check in’ as to how they feel about themselves. Bellak-Adams includes a question area for parents to gently help with patience, positive vs. negative incentives, coping strategies, and prioritizing. The final section shares Bellak-Adams’ success stories. These short passages provide examples of ‘The Diary Method’ program’s use and what positive aspects have come from using it.

“AD/HD Success! Solutions for Boosting Self-Esteem; The Diary Method for Ages 7-17″ is a quick and easy read for parents who need more than just the ‘science’ of AD/HD. Bellak-Adams gives proactive measures for parents to get their kids on the right track NOW. Since the book doesn’t take long to read, the program implementation is that much faster. Age appropriate information further helps parents give their kids a focused agenda for boosting self esteem. The book is also sprinkled with quotations by successful people – some of which had ADD tendencies – which push kids to believe in themselves and try their best.


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