Your son doesn't do his homework and is failing nearly all his subjects, but his teachers say he just needs to try harder. Your daughter is moody, defiant, and barely speaks to you and you're thinking it's got to be more than just a phase. You hear other parents talk about the great things their kids are doing and you wonder, "What am I doing wrong?"

In this second edition of Parenting Children With ADHD, Dr. Vince Monastra provides practical, step-by-step guidance to parents looking for ways to bring out the best in kids with ADHD. He presents updated lessons about the causes of ADHD, how medications work, and the problems that sleep deficits, poor nutrition, and other medical disorders can cause. He also shares his innovative approach for improving organization, task-completion, problem-solving and emotional control.

Updates in this edition include:

  • new procedures and tests for diagnosing ADHD
  • empirically-supported psychological treatments for ADHD, including neurotherapy
  • tips for developing a safe, supportive educational environment for your child
  • a new chapter on teaching life values such as kindness, generosity and compassion
Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition


  1. Everybody Doesn't Have a Little Bit of ADHD
  2. Parenting Doesn't Cause ADHD, Genes Do!
  3. Medicines Don't Cure ADHD, but They Can Help
  4. Nutrition Does Matter
  5. Students With ADHD Are Entitled to Help at School
  6. Kids Need a Reason to Learn
  7. You'll Get Lost Without a Lesson Plan
  8. Temperament May be Inherited, but Emotional Control Is Learned
  9. Yelling Rarely Solves Anything
  10. Now That You Have Their Attention, What Do You Really Want Them to Learn?
  11. Parents Are People Too!
  12. It Don't Come Easy: Troubleshooting Tips

Final Thoughts: A Personal Perspective

Supplemental Resources


About the Author

Author Bio

Vincent J. Monastra, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the FPI Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, New York. During the past 25 years, he has conducted a series of studies involving thousands of individuals with disorders of attention and behavioral control.

He is the coinventor of the electroencephalograph (EEG)-based process approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a pioneer in the development of parenting and EEG-based attention-training procedures, and the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters.

The first Edition of his parenting book was named Parenting Book of the Year, and his book, Unlocking the Potential of Patients With ADHD: A Model for Clinical Practice (2008), provides a model for comprehensive, effective, and practical community-based care for patients with ADHD. His skills as a master diagnostician and therapist have been internationally recognized and are archived in several educational videotaped programs, including Working With Children With ADHD (2005).

He has been a faculty member of Wilson Hospital's Family Practice Residency Program, the Department of Psychology at Binghamton University, and most recently the Graduate School of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Marywood University.

He is the recipient of several scientific awards, including the President's Award and the Hans Berger Award for his seminal research into the neurophysiological characteristics of ADHD and his ground-breaking study on EEG biofeedback. He was listed among the country's most innovative researchers in the Reader's Digest 2004 edition of "Medical Breakthroughs."

He can be contacted through his website.

Reviews & Awards

Monastra presents the material in easy-to-understand lessons that make this second edition the must-have resources for parents with ADHD children.
—Doody’s Review Service