Below, I offer useful websites, books and articles that you may find useful. They are sorted by category.
Information on Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder at www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/.
Online info and link to local/regional meetings for CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), website is at chadd.org. Monthly talks/support group meetings in Silverdale, WA.
“ADHD: Nature Therapy Helps Kids” (Reprinted from USA Weekend, with permission. March 13, 2005).
Nature helps the 10% of ADHD kids who don’t respond to medicine.
Green therapy—exposure to natural settings—appears to help reduce symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, say researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their study of about 400 boys and girls, ages 5 to 18, assessed the effects of 49 common after-school and weekend activities on ADHD symptoms.
In the study, kids who participated in “green outdoor activities” had significantly reduced symptoms, regardless of geography, urban or rural environment, diagnosis, age, sex or income group.
Simple “exposure to ordinary natural settings in the course of common after-school and weekend activities may be widely effective” for kids who don’t respond to medicine, says Frances E. Kuo, assistant professor of environmental sciences and lead author of the study, which was published in “American Journal of Public Health.”
Suggestions for nature treatments:
–Find a greener route to and from school, ideally a walk down tree-lined streets or through a park.
–For play, look for green yards and ball fields.
Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Aspbergers
Autism Digest, online at autismdigest.com
Olympic Peninsula Autism Center, Silverdale, WA at kitsapautism.com. Phone: 360-337-2222
Weekly mindfulness and neuroscience (for we average folks) newsletter, online at email@example.com.
“Buddha’s Brain”, by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
“The Wise Heart”, by Jack Kornfield, MD.
“A Lamp in the Darkness”, by Jack Kornfield, MD. Includes a meditation CD as well.
Marriage, Partnership, Intimacy
The Gottman Institute, Seattle, WA research, intensive couple’s weekends, books and resources at www.gottman.com
“Getting the Love you Want,” by Harvel Hendricks.
“Passionate Marriage”, by David Schnarch.
“1-2-3-Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12”, by Thomas Phelan, Ph.D.
“Parenting from the Inside Out”, by Daniel Siegel, MD and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.
“How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk”, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
By same authors, “How to Talk So Teens Will Listen…”
Good online stepparenting information at extension.missouri.edu.
National Institute of Mental Health, http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, http://www.nami.org/
–State Organization: NAMI Washington. Phone: (206) 783-4288, Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
–Local, Jefferson County NAMI, Phone 360-385-1716. Website: www.namijeffcowa.org