Help your child with ADHD thrive. Mindfulness for Kids with ADHD offers fun and accessible mindfulness exercises designed to help kids with ADHD successfully navigate all the areas of life—from making friends and doing well in school to establishing healthy habits and limiting screen time.
As a parent, you know that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can make the normal developmental tasks of childhood more difficult to accomplish in numerous ways. These tasks include: making friends, doing well in school, organizing belongings and schoolwork, identifying and managing feelings, developing a positive self image, getting along with family members, following rules, doing chores, establishing a healthy sleep pattern, eating a healthy diet, and making good choices about exercise and use of screen time.
The activities in this easy-to-use workbook will help your child develop self-awareness and self-reflection—two skills that kids with ADHD typically need extra help with. The book also illustrates and teaches the process of setting intention and using specific mindfulness skills to identify and improve feelings, self-image, behavior, stress level, concentration, hyperactivity, and relationships.
If you’re a parent of a child with ADHD, you may feel conflicted about the best treatment options available. Whether used alone or in conjunction with therapy, this powerful workbook provides real skills your child can use every day to improve their quality of life and help them enjoy being a kid!
Debra Burdick, LCSW, also known as “The Brain Lady,” is an international expert on mindfulness and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She is author of ADHD Non-Medication Treatment and Skills for Children and Teens; Mindfulness Skills for Kids and Teens; Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD; Mindfulness Skills Workbook for Clinicians and Clients; the Mindfulness Skills for Kids card deck and games; and several mindfulness CDs/MP3s. She teaches all-day workshops, including 100 Brain-Changing Mindfulness Strategies for Clinical Practice, Childhood ADHD, and Mindfulness Toolkit for Kids and Teens.
A licensed clinical social worker and board-certified neurotherapist, Burdick recently retired from private practice to focus on writing, speaking, and her grandchildren. She incorporates mindfulness skills in all areas of her life and work, and has extensive experience helping children and adults with ADHD, including her own daughter. Burdick’s work has been featured on radio (Attention Talk Radio, ADHD Support Talk Radio, and Doctors of the USA), in print media (The Wall Street Journal, Connecticut newspaper The Day, and Self Improvement), and on television (Parenting Powers and Restoring Health Holistically). Visit www.thebrainlady.com for more information.
Foreword writer Edward M. Hallowell, MD, is a child and adult psychiatrist, leading authority in the field of ADHD, New York Times bestselling author, and world-renowned speaker. He is host of Distraction—a weekly podcast series, and founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston MetroWest; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. Learn more at www.drhallowell.com.
“This wonderful, practical book is full of help and heart. Drawing on both sides of the brain, and integrating thinking and feeling, it has tons of specific suggestions and activities for kids and their parents. It’s fun, to the point, encouraging, and hopeful. A real gem.” —Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Resilient
~Rick Hanson, PhD
“Debra Burdick has done it again! She has written a very informative, easy-to-digest book to help children, parents, and helping professionals use mindfulness strategies to navigate through common life issues facing children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Since children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, the focus on present-centered mindfulness skills is very intuitive and effective. Her easy-to-follow structure, using ‘For You to Know,’ a case example, and ‘For You to Do’ for each tip makes each activity very clear and engaging. A great resource for parents and children alike!” —Judith Belmont, MS, LPC, author of the Tips and Tools for the Therapeutic Toolbox series
~Judith Belmont, MS, LPC
“Mindfulness for Kids with ADHD goes beyond the title. In fact, the skills in this book can be used by any age, including young children and their parents, teachers, and helping professionals. The mindfulness activities are perfect for parents to do with their kids, and also for teachers to integrate into their classrooms. The information is easy to unpack, expand, and apply to meet the needs of different children in real-life situations. The timing of this book is perfect with all the challenges in our world today to help our kids adopt mindfulness and self-awareness as a way of life.” —Nancy Hayes, MS, educator, special education coordinator, and elementary school principal
~Nancy Hayes, MS
“Debra Burdick has crafted the perfect resource for children with ADHD. This book is filled with fantastic, age-appropriate activities that can help children maximize the power of mindfulness to control their symptoms of ADHD. Parents may find themselves using the book themselves as the exercises are useful to us all. Outstanding in every respect!” —Ellen B. Braaten, PhD, director of the MGH Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP), codirector of the The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, associate professor at Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up and Straight Talk About Psychological Testing for Kids
~Ellen B. Braaten, PhD
“I know lots of kids who moan and groan when they hear that it is time to practice mindfulness exercises. But these kids have yet to experience Debra Burdick’s book for children with ADHD. Debra has a keen awareness of what it takes to help children with ADHD, combining a unique blend of helpful therapeutic techniques and good old fun. Thoughtful and well written, this book is sure to be a hit with ADHD kids, their parents, and teachers.” —Lawrence E. Shapiro, PhD, author of How to Raise a Child with a High EQ and The Secret Language of Children