How adorable dog book helps parents explain ADHD to their kids


Some kids struggle to understand why they need to take daily medication so that they can focus at school. It can cause confusion, embarrassment and even outright rebellion. Here's help. 

All Dogs Have ADHD

By Kathy Hoopmann

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Sometimes a book lands in your hands at just the right moment. This one arrived just a few months after my eight-year-old daughter started taking medication for ADHD. Although we’d discussed the matter with her at length it was clear that she didn’t quite understand - it bugged her that she’s “different” to her friends.

But after reading this book she was beaming. Using delightful illustrations of dogs, it shows some common traits of ADHD – being restless and easily distracted, often losing things and getting into trouble for breaking things.

My daughter was giggling as she identified with them. The thing she really loved was how the book shows that famous people like Leonardo da Vinci and Alexander Graham Bell may have had ADHD and that instead of holding them back it might actually have been their superpower, allowing them to achieve their goals.

If you have a young child with ADHD who loves dogs then this book will help you explain the condition and show that it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

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