Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome the Association for Natural Psychology to the blog today! They are the authors of Overcoming ADHD Without Medication: A Guidebook for Parents and Teachers. He’s here to share some information about his book and if this sounds like the type of book that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links at the bottom of the post and pick up a copy for you and a friend!
IBP - Tell us about your new release?
Association for Natural Psychology - Overcoming ADHD Without Medication provides parents with practical ideas to help their children and teens to overcome ADHD symptoms. These ideas have proven to be effective, are field developed and tested, are based on clinical studies as well as from personal experiences of those who have overcome ADHD.
IBP – Tell me a little about yourself
Association for Natural Psychology - The AYCNP is a 501(c)3 New Jersey non-profit started by public school educators. It provides practical, evidence-based ideas in non-pharmaceutical self-help for mental health difficulties and disorders. It also recognizes and emphasizes the value of prevention. The AYCNP endeavors to reach out and give back to local communities and build greater awareness through education. The Association for Youth, Children and Natural Psychology (AYCNP), is also called the Association for Natural Psychology, when providing educational materials related to adult mental health.
The AYCNP has been providing information to the public on mental health since 2008 from many sources. Numerous professionals have contributed impetus to the development of its materials, including medical doctors, therapists, psychology professors and psychologists. Overcoming ADHD Without Medication was researched over a period of six or seven years. Some of the material in it represents the life-work of dedicated professionals who work daily with children.
IBP - Did you have support at the beginning and/or during your writing?
Association for Natural Psychology - In the beginning of the research of Overcoming ADHD Without Medication, Russell Barkley, PhD, the well know neurologist and ADHD expert, provide encouragement and guidance that sparked further research. Joel Nigg, PhD of associate professor of psychology Michigan State Universtiy also provided valuable support. Daniella Barroqueira, PhD of Illinois State University provided help, as did a number of school psychologists, teachers, special education teachers, preschool teachers as well as a professional reading coach. Iowa State University also contributed valuable information for use in this book. Another source of support and inspiration has been David Rabiner, PhD, chief scientific researcher on ADHD at Duke Univesrity, who provided valuable material published in Overcoming ADHD Without Medication, as well as personal communications and insights. His newsletter on ADHD provides a steady flow of well-developed analysis on current research and is of value and readable by both professionals and non-professionals, anyone interested in the subject.
IBP – Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read?
Association for Natural Psychology - The Association for Natural Psychology (AYCNP) reads and reviews psychology books on a regular basis, and tries to keep abreast of latest developments in mental health and ADHD in particular. Hundreds of books helpful to the reader on the subjec of ADHD, depression, and bipolar disorder self help are catalogued on its website, in addition to many detailed reviews. Additionally, the AYCNP provides a carefully selected list of over 200 books for children and teens, most of which have been personally reviewed by members of the AYCNP, gathered from field work in public schools, public libraries and school librarians and awards lists. This provides parents and teachers, as well as teens themselves, a rich supply of positive and character building books for preK through high school, for their children or students.
IBP – Do you have advice for unpublished authors?
Association for Natural Psychology - I would recommend that individuals who may have a unique story or experience, or a personal life experience concerning ADHD or other mental health disorder, that they feel can help others, to by all means put it in a book form for publishing or self-publishing. Someone will read it, and it can add to the pool of knowledge on the subject.
IBP – Why did you choose the genre you write in?
Association for Natural Psychology - The impetus for this book came from working with children in public schools and concern for the serious problems many of them were experiencing. Further inspiration came from interviewing a reading coach in Paterson, NJ who had worked with hundreds of children who had been charaterized as having ADHD. Some children were heavily medicated from as young as preschool, some in grade school, and certain pre-teens were deeply distressed by forced medication. Many pre-teens in public schools played as much as five hours of video games a day after school, and admitted that they were “addicted”. At the same time, there was often positive response from the same children to art, which helped them settle down and focus. This provided the foundation for Overcoming ADHD Without Medication.
Sandra Rief’s book is popular in public schools, How to Reach and Teach ADHD Children, and provided further impetus for approaching the topic from a different angle that wasn’t covered by Rief, a former special education teacher.
IBP - Your favorite books and author?
Association for Natural Psychology - There are a number of books on the subject of ADHD with value for parents and teachers. As mentioned, Sandra Rief’s How to Reach and Teach ADHD Children, is a good resource for teachers, with many practical ideas. Clinical (child) psychologist Susan Ashley, and her book, The ADD & ADHD Answer Book: Professional Answers to 275 of the Top Questions Parents Ask, is an excellent resource for parents and teachers. Rethinking ADHD: Integrated Approaches to Helping Children at Home and at School by Vicki Anderson and Tim Godber provides insight into children’s mental health issues and ADHD in particular, providing excellent research for parents and others interested in the topic. From a scientific point of view, Joel Nigg’s, What Causes ADHD?: Understanding What Goes Wrong and Why by Joel T. Nigg, PhD provides further insight from clinical studies on ADHD. Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy, by Iowa State University researchers Craig A. Anderson, Douglas A. Gentile, Katherine E. Buckley, helps to prove that there is a link for some boys between playing violent video games and symptoms associated with ADHD.
Because art helps many children to focus and overcome some of the core symptoms of ADHD, the book Drawing Animals: 30th Anniversary Edition by Norman Adams and Joe Singer is recommended for children and teens, and the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards, now in its 4th edition, is worth giving as a gift to teens. Art can help some teens and children to ovecome some of the symptoms of ADHD. There are many other excellent resources on the subject of ADHD, too many to mention here, and parents can gather good ideas from many different sources.
IBP – Where is your work available?
Association for Natural Psychology - Overcoming ADHD Without Medication is available in paperback from all major bookstores and online sources including Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble, online and stores. It is also available in eBook format on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Overdrive (for libraries), EBSCO, and numerous other online sources.
The AYCNP Twitter page regularly posts articles on mental health, including ADHD, depression and bipolar disorder, that has much value.
IBP – What is in the works for you next?
Association for Natural Psychology - The AYCNP is planning to release the book, Meeting the Challenge of Bipolar Disorder, Self Help Strategies that Work! by the Association for Natural Psychology, main text edited by Gabrielle Woods, PhD and Foreword by Laura Pipoly, PC, EdD, in Fall, 2013 as a distributed eBook and self-published paperback. It is currently available on Kindle as a pre-release preview edition.
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Overcoming ADHD Without Medication: A Guidebook for Parents and Teachers can be purchased online from the following locations (off-site links to actual book page):
Superar el Trastorno por Déficit de Atención con Hiperactividad (TDAH) Sin Medicación: Guía para Padres y Educadores(Spanish Edition)
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