Helpful Resources for Parents of Children with ADHD

Erika MacGregor Keenan, M.A.Ps., L Psych.


Psycho-education about ADHD is key to better understanding your child/adolescent’s symptoms and behaviors and learning how to intervene in a manner tailored to his needs, strengths and weaknesses. With regards to ADHD, the following websites and names of experts are offered:

  • Books written by Dr. Edward Hallowell, such as Driven to Distraction and Delivered to Distraction. He also has a helpful website and he offers Podcasts such as “What`s It Like to have ADD?” and “Why is It Called ADHD?”
  • Books written by Dr. Russell Barkley, such as Taking Charge of ADHD, 3rd edition. He has written fact sheets that are available via Internet at and he also provides information via
  • ADDitude magazine is available locally in paper format at Chapters bookstore, but is also available online via The authors who write in this magazine are renown experts (such as the two noted above) and their articles are well written for individuals with ADHD (i.e., concise and to the point and covers a wide range of topics for all ages).
  • CADDRA: Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance via
  • PBS has also put together two very good documentaries in 2010 & 2012 called “ADD and Loving It” and “ADD and Mastering It”, starring Patrick McKenna & Rick Green, both of which can be viewed via the following links:

Ressources en français pour les parents

La psychoéducation au sujet du TDAH est primordial afin de bien comprendre les symptômes et comportements des enfants/adolescents ayant un TDAH. Ceci aide aussi à élucider les interventions qui sont plus propices à entreprendre avec ces jeunes en prenant en considération leurs forces et leurs faiblesses. Les auteurs/experts et les sites web suivants sont offerts pour aider avec ceci :

  • « Le trouble du déficit de l`attention/hyperactivité » par Dr. Martin L. Kutscher
  • « Être attentif, c`est bien….Persister, c`est mieux! » par Allain Caron
  • « Apprendre…une question de stratégies » par Pierre Paul Gagné, Normand LeBlanc et André Rousseau
  • « Aider son enfant à gérer l`impulsivité et l`attention » par Allain Caron
  • « L’enfant dérangeant » par Nathalie Parent et Marie-Julie Hamel
  • Ces parents à bout de souffle (de Suzanne Lavigueur, PhD)
  • Les enfants volcans (Ariane Leroux-Boudreault et Nathalie Poirier)

Aider son enfant à gérer l`impulsivité et l`attention (Allain Caron)

Sites web : et

CADDRA (Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance) via leur site web francophone :

Books for children to help them learn about and cope with having ADHD:

  • The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD: Updated Edition (by John Taylor)
  • Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids with ADHD (by Kathleen G. Nadeau)
  • The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills and Self-Control (by Lawrence Shapiro)
  • Putting on the Brakes Activity Book for Kids with ADD and ADHD (by Patricia Quinn & Judith Stern)
  • Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool: Emotional Regulation Tools for Kids with ADHD (by Judith Glasser)
  • Family Strategies for ADHD Kids and School Strategies for ADHD Kids (both books by Bonnie Terry)

Des livres pour enfants expliquant ce qu’est un TDAH et comment gérer leurs symptômes :

  • « Le TDA/H raconté aux enfants » par Ariane Hébert
  • « TDA/H : La boîte à outil » par Ariane Hébert
  • « Hou! Hou! Simon! Le déficit de l’attention » par Brigitte Marleau
  • « La tête dans un manège. L’hyperactivité » par Brigitte Marleau
  • Guide de survie pour les enfants vivant avec un TDAH (de John Taylor, PhD)

Books for teens to help them learn about and cope with having ADHD:

  • The ADHD Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Gain Motivation and Confidence (by Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D.)
  • Taking Control of ADHD: The Ultimate Guide for Teens with ADHD (by Ruth Spodak, PhD and Kenneth Stefano, PsyD)
  • Smart but Scattered Teens (by Richard Guare, PhD, Peg Dawson, EdD and Colin Guare)
  • You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Crazy or Stupid! (by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo)
  • On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD (by Patricia Quinn)
  • Empowering Youth with ADHD: Your Guide to Coaching Adolescents and Young Adults for Coaches, Parents and Professionals (by Jodi Sleeper)
  • Ten Tips to Help ADHD Inattentive Students Succeed (Tess Messer)

Livres et sites web en français pour les adolescents ayant un TDAH:

  1. Fred : Vivre avec le TDAH à l’adolescence (Arian Leroux-Boudreault)
  3. Réussir à l’école. Apprendre mieux en étudiant moins. (Jane Genovese)
  4. Guide de survie pour les enfants ayant un TDAH (John F. Taylor)
  5. Mon cerveau a besoin de lunettes (Annick Vincent)
  6. Visiter aussi le site d’Annick Vincent sur le TDAH : www.attentiondeficit-info-com.


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