Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD: A Skill-Building Workbook to Help You Focus and Succeed , by Debra Burdick, is a great tool to help kids begin to organize their thoughts and life. My pre-teen daughter found this book helpful in reframing her outlook on her ADHD. One of the side effects of having ADHD is that she is very aware of how much her disorder hinders her relationships. The workbook helps with more than just staying focused on homework or chores. The third section of the book is dedicated to getting along with others - and yourself. I thought this was a great addition as my daughter is so hard on herself.
This book does require the participation of the teen and a lot of effort on their part. She was frustrated at first, wanting to fix the bigger picture now. But the workbook activities build upon each other, from the beginning step, learning to be mindful about distractions and pulling your focus back, to being mindful of the positive and negative ways ADHD effects your teen's life.
I would recommend this book for teens with ADHD and even those who just struggle with organization. We have begun using the term "mindful" now to evaluate our actions in a spiritual sense. Are we "on task" according to Scripture? What areas of our life are pulling our focus away?
About Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can affect teens in many ways-from poor performance in school to difficulties with family and friends. In Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD, a clinical social worker offers a skills based approach using mindfulness and neuroscience to help teens with ADHD successfully navigate all the areas of their life-whether that includes making good choices, completing tasks, increasing academic success, excelling in sports, driving safely, getting enough sleep, managing stress, or more.
Get focused, the mindful way! In Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD, a clinical social worker offers powerful skills based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help you succeed in all areas of life-at home, in school, with friends, and beyond!
About the Author
Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN, also known as 'The Brain Lady', is an international expert on Mindfulness and ADHD as well as an award winning #1 best-selling author. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a board certified Neurofeedback practitioner who recently retired from her private practice to slow down and focus on writing and teaching after providing outpatient psychotherapy and Mindfulness skills to her clients since 1990. She added Neurofeedback to her psychotherapy practice in 1999. She is an expert author on SelfGrowth.com.
Debra specializes in mindfulness, ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, sleep, and healing. Besides her private practice, Debra worked at the Child Guidance Clinic, Family Services, Child and Family Agency, and Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. She teaches all day workshops including: 100 Mindfulness Strategies to Integrate into Clinical Practice; Childhood ADHD: Non-Medication Treatments and Skills; Mindfulness Toolkit for Children and Teens.
Debra has extensive experience helping children and adults thrive with ADHD. In addition to counseling hundreds of clients over the past twenty years, she parented a daughter who has ADHD, was married to a man with ADHD, and was business partners with someone with ADHD. She combines knowledge gained from her own personal healing journey, her parenting experience, her clients, and her professional study of ADHD and brain dysregulation into her holistic approach.
Debra developed her own mindfulness practice to deal with a chronic illness (now thankfully healed). She found it so helpful in her own life that she started teaching her clients the skills she was using. She went on to develop clinical material on mindfulness skills and created a 4 step process for working with clients using mindfulness that she perfected in her private practice and in an intensive outpatient program. Her clients have shown her that mindfulness skills improve the rate and quality of treatment outcomes.
Debra continues to teach numerous presentations, workshops, and teleseminars. She is often interviewed on internet radio and her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Day newspaper, Self-Improvement Magazine, Doctors of the USA and ADHD Support Talk radio and Parenting Powers television show.