Due to the fact that all toddlers will demonstrate some ADHD behavior, it can be challenging to discern between typical toddler development and clinically significant behavior emotional expression.
Chicago (PRWEB) June 02, 2014
Every toddler goes through a phase of temper tantrums and difficult mood changes—much to the chagrin of a concerned parent. Although some form of the terrible twos is normal, there are ways to figure out if there is something more going on under the surface.
Licensed clinical therapist Donna Mac understands, on more than one level, how ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) affects a family. In Mac’s new book, “Toddlers & ADHD: Relief for Parents; A Guide for Clinicians and Teachers,” she expounds on her experience as an early childhood teacher, therapeutic school therapist and mother to twin toddlers diagnosed with ADHD, to deliver important information parents, teachers and clinicians need to know.
“Due to the fact that all toddlers will demonstrate some ADHD behavior, it can be challenging to discern between typical toddler development and clinically significant behavior emotional expression,” Mac said. “I want to help other parents who may not know how to handle this mental illness at home, how to get the child treated and how to advocate for the child educationally.”
The National Institute of Mental Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics have noted that recent studies have disproved the previous notion that ADHD can only be found in children ages six and older. Mac states that the age of onset is likely to be prior age four, especially in severe cases. Mac addresses the widely discussed topics of diagnosing at a young age and the guidelines for both treatment and proper teaching techniques in order to help a child with ADHD thrive in any environment.
“Toddlers & ADHD: Relief for Parents; A Guide for Clinicians and Teachers”
By Donna Mac
Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Balboa Press online bookstores
About the Author
Donna Mac has worked professionally with ADHD for 15 years, as a teacher working with early childhood students, as a nature-based summer camp director, and currently as a licensed clinical therapist. Even more important, she is a mom of twin toddlers diagnosed with ADHD. Mac and her husband live in the Chicago area with their three toddlers.
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