Item description for The ADHD-Autism Connection: A Step Toward More Accurate Diagnoses and Effective Treatments by Diane Kennedy...
Overview Highlighting the surprising connections between the ADHD and autism fields, Kennedy reveals new information that patients, physicians and family members of affected children and adults need to know.
Publishers Description At last, long-awaited answers to the questions you've been asking. Help for frustrated ADHD patients and their families. (As well as those with autism, PDD, Asperger's syndrome, and other related conditions.) Attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is one of the most rapidly growing diagnoses of our generation. Often the diagnosis fails to provide real help, leaving patients, doctors, and families at a loss to know what to do next. But for the first time ever, new insights into the overwhelming number of similarities between Autism and ADHD are giving those with ADHD genuine hope. For years, the label of Autism has carried a negative connotation. Parents were afraid to admit the diagnosis and banished the term from discussion. Finally, "The ADHD-Autism Connection" gives parents, educators, and doctors a reason to embrace autism with a renewed sense of hope and understanding. This book will show how these understandings can minimize the frustration, misdiagnoses, and misunderstandings ADHD sufferers and their families face.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.29" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 19, 2002
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578564980 ISBN13 9781578564989
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More About Diane Kennedy
Diane M. Kennedy is a former state advisory board member of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), a longtime member of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and the Autism Society of America (ASA) Her husband and three sons each have various disorders discussed in this book. Paul T. Elliott, M.D., has twenty years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. He serves on the board of professional advisors with ADDA and is coauthor of "ADHD and Teens: A Parent s Guide to Making It Through the Tough Years." Carl Daisy is a former national board member of the Autism Society of America (ASA). An active parent advocate for Autism Spectrum Disorders, he is also the father of three children, two with Autism."
Reviews - What do customers think about The ADHD-Autism Connection: A Step Toward More Accurate Diagnoses and Effective Treatments?
disappointing Mar 29, 2007
As a parent of a son diagnosed with ASD and ADHD this book sounded very promising to me. Unfortunatly I found it less than helpful. It is part personal story, part quotes from research and neither works well. Had it been a story of her personal experiences of raising three kids on the spectrum it might have been more interesting and less confusing. Had it presented true research instead of anecdotes and quotes from other books it could have been interesting. Instead the whole thing sounded like a mediocre term paper to me. The chapter on developmental stages throughout childhood stages would have been a wonderful idea but instead I got to read short descriptions of her sons. Since kids on the spectrum can vary widely this ment nothing to me and my experiences. The frequent mentions and quotes from her personal religious beliefs felt unproffessional and out of place. There are many books on adhd and autism out by now and there was nothing in this book that was new or compelling or interesting as a personal account. It might be my first book on this topic that will get thrown out. For anyone looking: 'Kids in the syndrome mix' is a much better written and researched book on the topic of neurobiological disorders.
Great insight Nov 3, 2006
I am the parent of an 11-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome, or high-functioning autism (diagnosed at 5). We have struggled mightily in recent years, despite reading virtually everything out there on Asperger's (God bless Tony Attwood!), and have been perplexed as to how to address the ADHD symptoms my son displays. I couldn't understand (nor could any doctors) why ADHD treatment failed him, and often seemed to backfire and produce an opposite of the desired result. I found this book very enlightening. I think that the possibility that ADHD and autism spectrum disorders are part of the same continuum is quite feasible. Nowhere does the book say that they are the SAME disorder. I have 3 nephews who are autistic (all brothers), and even thought they fall under the general category of "autism", they have some very differnt behaviors from one another. So to say that ADHD CANNOT be "related" to autism (as some reviewers have claimed) becuse some behaviors are different is fautly reasoning, in my opinion. The term "continuum" implies that there are a wide range of behaviors, different with each child based on their intensity and a child's personality. If I've learned anything about autism over the years, it's that you cannot put autistic children in a "box" in terms of their behaviors; this is one thing that makes the disorder so difficult to understand.
I especially liked the section of this book that covers medication. The author (becuase she is not a doctor) does not attempt to deal with this herself, but has a specialist address meds. After many trials of Ritalin-based meds and Strattera with my son, we always got a more hyper, frazzled child. The book suggested that perhaps because many children with autism have "amplified" senses (my words), a little medication will go a long way. We cut my son's medication down to a quarter of what we'd originally tried, and saw improvement right away. So I guess I tend to lend some credence to the author's ascertations. I'd been lost in the topsy-turvy world of Asperger's vs. ADHD (and whether my son had BOTH, or if they were related)for a very long time, and while this book does not lend any conclusive answers (and doesn't claim to), it certainly gets the debate going, and offers some preliminary proof that they may be realted. Autism is so little understood, that I welcome the kind of research done by Ms. Kennedy. She does not have a degree in neurology, nor psychology, but she is thouroughly well self-taught (as all parents of a child with autism need to be!). I feel that this book has helped to at least direct our path of treatment with my son, and for that I am grateful.
What? May 17, 2005
As someone whose adult ADHD diagnosis changed and enriched my life, I feel called to write a reaction to this book. I truly feel I am part of the increasingly small number of people who HAD A TRUE and ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS. Also, at my employement, I work with a guy who is diagnosised autistic, and feel I know him fairly well.
In contrary to what I feel this book is saying, I have been incredibly baffeled as to what autisim is, or any understanding of it what so ever. I even told my parents, "I think autism is the opposite of whatever ADHD is." I don't think I have ever been as shocked to read something as when I came across this book. What comes to mind, is that ADHD is actually a rare disorder/blessing that many non-ADD (as well as autistic) children and adults are being falsly diagnosed as. ADHD has been as abused and misunderstood as much as the way most of our modern educational systems have been to the true ADDers themselves!
I am curious about more on this topic, and will be watching for it. On a personal level, however, all intution tells me that that ADHD, and especially ADD, are being twisted and contorted farther and farther away from its original discovery and meaning!
Beyond Excellent Apr 9, 2005
I cannot give enough praise for this book. It is one of the best written books for ADHD/ Asperger's/ Autism and considering the amount out there that's saying a lot. It opened up a whole new world for me; a world that made sense where everything finally clicked into place after so long. This is not the book for the traditionalist, but if you dare to defy convention and "think outside the box" then this book is for you.
Great book. Very Enlightening Feb 28, 2005
I found this book to be quite interesting. My son and I both own the titles of ADD, but I knew that was not the complete story. After accumulating my own personal library of practically every self-help book on AD-HD, and every other family and/or relationship issue, in a desperate attempt to find exactly why things got so crazy in our family, this book really changed my thinking.
It may not delve deeply into answers to issues, but this book brought to light a lot of characteristics describing my husband and many of his idiosyncrasies which previously I attributed to a shortcoming in myself which living with ADD has a tendency to do .
Trying to raise four kids, with a spouse who was either oblivious to his surroundings while pandemonium broke loose around him; or walked away when the noise level got to be too much; who couldn't communicate well with his children, never yelling, but talking "at", them, if at all; who is generally "compliant", but never once has sought out anyone else out for interaction; everything fell into place for me suddenly as I read this book.
Only someone with ADD, I think, could continue on with someone for years without receiving so much as a single token of affection, be it a candy bar or compliment, and still place the fault with themselves.
As a reviewer mentioned earlier, I too, after having purchased the book realized the occasional Bible quote, which always sends a warning flag to me. But I wouldn't let this be a reason to avoid the book. The focus is, as the title says, and stays on topic. Perhaps such references were meant catch the Christian eye for enlightenment. Autism doesn't' differentiate. And anyone dealing with these issues has the mutual bond of grasping at straws.
This book can't make life any less lonely, but if it might alleviate someone's self blame it is certainly worth reading. If necessary more in depth answers could be sought elsewhere, and there are certainly many references listed in the book for further information.