Book Review: Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits

A renowned educator and ADHD advocate releases a long-awaited update to her popular teachers’ resource book.

by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S.
Woodbine House; $24.95
Purchase Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits

“Children do well if they can!” Chris Dendy opens her newly updated resource book with this quote by Dr. Ross Greene, stating that it succinctly captures her beliefs. As a recognized speaker and knowledgeable educator, Dendy explains and illustrates ADD and EF deficits, in order to increase awareness of the challenges our students face. Parents and teachers will learn how to access the supports, modifications, and accommodations their teens need to succeed in school.

The book is comprehensive and well organized, with summaries of 81 key issues related to helping our teens do well in school. Dendy reframes the notion that students are lazy and not trying hard enough. Rather than see ADD as an excuse, she says, we should “properly treat the ADHD and accommodate the learning problems, and a different, more academically successful child will emerge.”

Of course, every child is unique. Dendy knows this, and her book includes practical tools that can be individualized: a goal-setting contract, a project planner, a meds-effectiveness survey, an IEP transition services form.

After reading Teaching Teens, you’ll be empowered to create a climate in which your student can do well. This book should be in the backpack of every parent and teacher who is involved with children, teens, or young adults with ADHD.