ADHD Explained

What Every Parent Needs to Know

Non-Fiction - Parenting
144 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2018
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Author Biography

Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is the TV show host of "Parenting Explained with Dr. Hammond", speaker, author, and psychologist. She is also the owner of Hammond Psychology & Associates, and she has enjoyed traveling the country speaking to groups about mental health issues. Dr. Hammond is the former President of the Florida Psychological Association, and she is a huge advocate for mental health services, especially for youth and families.

Dr. Hammond is honored to consult with the media to increase public education about mental health, and she has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and a variety of magazines and radio shows throughout the country. She is the recipient of: The President’s Volunteer Service Award (2012), FPA What a Woman Award (2014), APA Early Career Achievement Award (2015), TBBJ Up and Comers Award (2015), I AM L.E.E. (Living Education Everyday) Award (2017), and FPA Distinguished Psychologist Award (2018).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

ADHD Explained: What Every Parent Needs to Know is a nonfiction book about children’s health and learning disorders written by Dr. Nekeshia Hammond. Hammond has been a practicing psychologist for over ten years and has her own private practice. What is ADHD, and how does a doctor or psychologist actually come to the decision that a child has it? Dr. Hammond describes the symptoms and behaviors that prompt parents or teachers to consider if a child should be evaluated, and she sets out the procedure which begins with a medical examination to ensure that the child’s behavior is not the result of a physical ailment or illness. She also discusses the various issues that might result in a misdiagnosis. Is the child being bullied at school or has he or she been a victim of abuse? Once an assessment has been made, then parents, teachers and the child’s doctor/psychologist can begin to craft a personalized program to ensure that the child’s educational development continues at a pace that fits their abilities.

ADHD Explained sets out easily understood information about a disorder that has many parents confused and understandably concerned. Will a diagnosis of ADHD affect a child’s future as an adult? Does a child’s disinterest in completing chores or homework or disinclination to keep a tidy knapsack mean they’ve got ADHD, or are they simply being kids who haven’t gotten organizational skills down pat? As I read this informative work, I breathed a sigh of relief that this diagnosis hadn’t been around when I was a child. It was fairly well understood that kids really didn’t enjoy doing chores, especially if they had homework assignments to keep them occupied, and some kids were neat freaks while others really didn’t care about the condition of their backpack or their desk. That said, I was most impressed with Dr. Hammond’s work as she quite ably demystifies ADHD, giving parents some guidance for navigating doctors’ offices and principals’ offices, and ensuring that their kids receive necessary treatment or therapy as necessary. I especially appreciated her cautioning parents not to use this or any other book to diagnose their child themselves as there are just too many variables to be considered that are properly left to the professionals. ADHD Explained: What Every Parent Needs to Know is highly recommended.

Alyssa Elmore

Does your child show signs of or been diagnosed with ADHD? Explore the many options of treatment and learn how to empower yourself as a parent by asking the correct questions and receiving the right answers in ADHD Explained (What Every Parent Needs To Know) by Dr. Nekeshia Hammond. Discover how to get a proper assessment of your child's mental health, what the evaluation entails, and what steps will be taken after the assessment. Find out what to look for when becoming aware of your child's possible condition, and learn the many ways your child and family can be helped. Living with a child with ADHD may be difficult, but having a kit of tools and resources, and a reliable team to cheer you on will enhance your life and that of your child. Are you ready to learn about ADHD and how to address it?

ADHD Explained (What Every Parent Needs To Know) by Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is an enlightening book on how to uncover the root causes of your child's disruptive behavior. I appreciated how the author clearly defines what ADHD is, and how to get a proper diagnosis. As a parent, I understand the importance of a correct diagnosis. Although ADHD is being misdiagnosed, there are still many children who struggle on a daily basis with this disorder and would benefit from a knowledgeable parent. I really enjoyed reading this book. The author presented the information in a professional and authoritative manner, instilling confidence in readers. I was pleasantly surprised by the resources and links that are included, and am excited to institute them into my family's routine. As a parent, knowledge is key. If you are struggling with an unfocused child with seeming behavior issues, then this is the book for you!

Jamie Michele

ADHD Explained: What Every Parent Needs to Know by Dr Nekeshia Hammond is a self-help guide for families with children who either have or are being tested for ADHD. The book begins with a heartbreaking portrait of a young girl who goes from being vibrant and happy to a sad, bullied, and confused individual. From there, Dr Hammond addresses common misconceptions, the diagnostic and evaluation process, steps toward understanding an ADHD diagnosis, the rights of both parent and child, and learning how to find balance at home, in school, and in a world where a child with ADHD can still thrive and have a wonderfully fulfilling life.

ADHD Explained by Dr Nekeshia Hammond is a comprehensive and compassionate resource; one in which I found a wealth of information to pass on to members of my family. I grew up in a household with a brother that has ADHD...and parents who were in such denial about it that he went undiagnosed and untreated until he took control of his own life as a young adult and went forward and addressed it himself. The stigma of a diagnosis, even as ADHD becomes more and more understood, still exists. On the flip side, it's almost become commonplace as a misdiagnosis, which Hammond also addresses. This is an area where the author has both professional and personal insight, and her expertise is evident throughout the book. The information and advice are well compiled and truly practical, giving knowledge and hope to those who need it most.