Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle (Revised)

A book that teaches young children what it means to have ADHD and helps them feel comfortable with doctor visits and medication.

Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle (Revised)

The second edition of this ADHD classic features new illustrations and a more realistic presentation of the diagnostic process.

At the zoo or when watching a movie about animals, point out slow-moving creatures to your kids (turtles, elephants), then point out animals that move at a quicker pace (cheetahs, monkeys). Initiate conversations about how a slow monkey or fast turtle might stand out from their family but still be part of the group.

by Deborah Moss, Illustrated by Carol Schwartz
Woodbine House, $14.95
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Since 1989, Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle has taught young children what it means to have attention-deficit disorder and helped them feel comfortable with doctor visits and medication.

The second edition of this ADHD classic features new illustrations—Shelley zooms across the cover on a skateboard rather than plays a flute—and a more realistic presentation of the diagnostic process. Instead of showing Shelley hooked up to an EEG machine for diagnosis, he's shown playing with toys and answering his doctor's questions.

Hyperactivity is no longer the book's only focus. "The storyline now deals with inattention and impulsivity, as well," says Larry B. Silver, M.D., a psychiatrist who's been working with ADHD children for nearly 40 years. "The rest of the book's wonderful message is the same: With the right diagnosis and interventions, your child, as well as Shelley, will have a happy ending."

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